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Rape, Kill, Pillage, And Burn

October 4, 2014


“So I say live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  Galatians 5: 16-21

As someone who has worked as an addictions and mental health counselor for over 25 years and also personally struggled with mental health issues (PTSD & Major Depression) for over 15 years; I say this:  everyone is only like 3 seconds away from committing acts that can lead to being committed, jailed, institutionalized, or placed in a psychiatric unit.  Think it can’t happen to you?  Well, think again!  I know what irrational, “crazy”, sinful and illegal thoughts cross my mind on pretty much a daily basis.  And I know that if I entertain these thoughts for more than a few seconds I could rape, kill, pillage and burn with the worst of them.

Is that shocking?  I don’t think so.  I believe that everyone has fleeting thoughts that are irrational at best and criminal at worst.  What we do with these less than pure thoughts right when they hit us will help determine whether our course of action is controlled and Godly, or diabolical and evil.  What we do in the initial 3 seconds of having these thoughts will make all the difference in the world where it comes to our behavior.

The key is this:  “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ( 2 Corinthians 10: 5)  I know I use this scripture a lot, but it really applies to how we live our lives everyday.  When I allow the Holy Spirit to guide my every thought and action, I end up having much better days than if I ignore the Spirit’s leading.  When I surrender my heart and mind to Him I am fully able to manage all my thoughts and make them obedient to Christ.

So 3 seconds, that does not give us a very wide margin for error does it?  However, His grace is always extended and He will help us every step of the way.  When we freely choose to actively manage our every thought with the Spirit’s guidance better things happen than when we try to go it alone.  Being Spiritually vigilant in all matters, and especially in our thought life, pays eternal dividends beyond what I am even able to imagine.  But, if keeping close track of my thoughts keeps me from sin, handcuffs, straight- jackets, prison, and psych units; I will gladly make that choice everyday.

Love and……

Kirk Out !


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  1. "BK" permalink

    I had a dear friend who used to say, “Instant obedient is the key. Don’t even give sin the privilege of consideration.” 3 seconds. Amen. Thanks, Christopher; much love & good night, “BK”

  2. Any student of psychology knows those classic experiments where, “normal” people, are shown to be quite capable of horrible behaviour toward others.

  3. Yes Chris Thomas, That is why we are called and equipped to be supernatural even in the smallest of things.

  4. Janet permalink

    Thank you Christopher for the sober reminder. I use that verse all the time and have tried to teach my kids to be careful and mindful of their thoughts and take captive every thought that is harmful or hurtful to themselves or others. I remember when I learned how to be watchful of my thoughts and how surprised I was at the vehemence that was there.

    Thank you Lord for understanding we are dust, and your great grace!

    • "BK" permalink

      One of the translations (Cordant Literal, maybe?) makes the verse in Gal 5 about the flesh & Spirit warring ‘so we cannot do the things we want’ seems to be really clear that it is THE FLESH that does not get its way in the battle. I really like that, because in light of this post, it is so….set your mind on the Spirit and you will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. The deck is stacked….in our favor! Thank You so much, Jesus! Love, “BK”

  5. Good warning. Perhaps you should add the brief talk about how allowing the unclean thought more than 3 seconds becomes rumination, then planning, then an act, then a relapse, then a habit.. and then a way of life, or more accurately, a way of death.

    Yours is the most accurate application of that verse that I’ve heard.

    You were right; this was useful. I am preaching this weekend and will use your “3 second rule.”

  6. Janet permalink

    I remember a teaching time in a church, ( God gets through where He wants to get through) one that was not healthy and my spirit could feel it, but even so this teaching stuck with me. Keep short accounts of sin, be aware and confess quickly. Our feet get dirty. We need to be cleaned up. I also believe we have an enemy throwing dirt at us, or trying to convince us to dive into that cesspool. Bk I really thought about the different perspective you presented about the deck stacked in our favor. I really like that too, that it doesn’t need to be the struggle that we make it out to be, if we are listening and living by the spirit, of course we won’t gratify the flesh. Interesting thoughts and encouragements! Thank you all

  7. stevehigh64772 permalink

    Good word. For so long leadership in the church has pretended like they don’t struggle with this issue. It just isn’t something we talk about. I am so look glad people can’t read my mind. That said we must also say quickly that having a thought is not a sin. Satan gets many people right there and makes them feel unworthy to even call themselves Christian, let alone serve God. Thank God Hebrews tells us that, “the blood of Jesus purges our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”

    • Thanks for sharing Steve. This is just another way that the “church” is fake and not real at all. So glad that people are waking up from that deception and others.

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