Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. If God saw it back in Genesis, the beginning don’t we think He knows it now? God told Solomon in I Chronicles 28:9 to know the God of his father and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts; and if he seeks him he will be found, but if he forsakes him he would be cast off forever. Is not this the same God that reign over the hearts of man today? God hates a heart that devises wicked imaginations.
What are wicked imaginations? The naughty, playful and mischievous mental images we form or create in our minds that we conceive which is not actually present. It is the use of the mind where we give it power to go into forbidden places that has never been actually experienced or creating new images or ideas by combining previous experiences using creative power. When we put a foolish notion in our mind we allow empty thoughts to come about and cause fantasies that should not become a part of our psyche. We suppose, guess, or think this is that or this is what it’s going to be. Wicked imaginations are not to be enjoyed in no way or form; but cast down. A wicked imagination devises evil plans or schemes. The wicked will be destroyed.
Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Only what is fitting and suitable to us is what we want around; but what’s wrong with someone being different? We can’t say that they are not saved or God is not with them because they are different from us. God have differences in the gifts, talents, and abilities in man so why do we want to make people like us? When someone is more experienced in things in the midst of us; we find we cannot use them so we rid of them and do just as Satan did. We get a group to believe like us or we get followers to go with us in our mess. God forbid! What is this world coming to for the true believer? We have taken down to the world’s order and compromised our integrity. We congregate, gather, assemble, convene or meet with mess, confusion, and contention in our hearts all the time. God is not the author of confusion but our daddy the Devil.
John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light; and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. We become wicked when become the wise guy to evil to overstep the bounds of God. When we purpose in our hearts to do wrong with an evil intent we are considered wicked. The wicked pour out evil things from their mouth; they speak it. The heart of the righteous study to answer for the Lord and is far from wickedness. God hears the prayer of the righteous. The Lord has made all things for himself; yes even the wicked for the day of evil just because God is the Creator of all things. We were first pure, honest, obedient and innocent. We once were ignorant of Satan’s devices but now since we know better we should do better. We know his intent is firmly directed or fixed on beating God by turning the heart of man away from God. He wants the soul of man to build up his little kingdom he has been given in hell for eternity. He intends to deceive man until Jesus comes back and find us derelict (state of deserting God, abandoning his Word, and forsaking his Spirit) in duty, unworthy of God’s gift of eternal life.
With a lying spirit rests the works of the flesh and they manifest themselves in our life in one way or the other. We are talking here about covetousness, jealousy, envy, strife, contention, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, seditions, heresies and perversion as it relate to Christians. Most Christians does not find themselves in fornication or commit adultery, and lasciviousness that may easily be recognized by others. Their sin is to the spirit although it is done in the flesh too.
How we respond to things, especially a lie for it tells us where our sensitiveness lies concerning God. Do we enjoy it when others are done wrong? Do we act sensually when we are in the presence of the opposite flesh not our husband or wife? Are we even aware that we are doing some things? Do we enjoy causing others pain? Is it always about us rather than the next person; our neighbor? Are our reflexes in check; how we respond to things is important. We must respond to things in life in a Godly manner if we say we are God centered. Our opinions can lead or mislead; our outlook on things can do the same. We can no longer go forth in life as Christians and fail to have the proper discernment where Christ is concerned.
To be a Christian means we are Christ like. We don’t commit sin in our hearts for it is just as well done (Matthew 5:28) according to Jesus. We become vain in our imaginations when we know God and glorify Him not as God or are thankful to Him. We allow our hearts to become darkened again as in the day of sin. Though we walk after the flesh we do not war after the flesh (II Corinthians 10:3) so we are to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (II Corinthians 10:5).
What do we do when we are pressed for something we don’t have; an example money to pay a bill? Do we devise up a scheme where we have to lie to get it or steal something to have what we want? The Devil in the time of our need and not having presents thoughts and ideas in the way of temptation posting them to us in our minds. Temptations are attacks and trials to entice us away from our faith in God. Sometime we just pass over it and say “oh that’s a good idea and thank you Jesus” when it’s not a good idea and it’s not God. We the people of God can be so deceived by Satan’s alluring, attractive and seductive means of getting things done. Satan is a tempter that tempts God’s people from the beginning even now.
When God asked Eve in Genesis 3:13 what was this that she had done when she disobeyed what He told her not to do and she said “the serpent beguiled me and I did eat. In I Chronicles 21:1 Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel when God had said not to do so. Solomon warned his son in Proverbs 1:10, my son if sinners entice thee consent thou not. Why did he warn him not to enter into the path of the wicked or go not in the way of evil men? Why did he tell him to avoid it, don’t pass it, turn from it and pass away? Solomon knew that if we take fire in our bosom we will get burned. He knew the tempter and his wicked imaginations. Solomon forewarns the youth in Proverbs 7:7-9 that we are not to keep close corners in the dark. We should not enter into close corners with anyone we don’t know. We will get burned and our hearts won’t be burning for the Father either.
Satan devised up a plan even for Jesus in Matthew 4:1 then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. Luke tells the account of Jesus being tempted in Luke 4:1-13. Luke says Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Jesus was forty days tempted of the Devil. Satan doesn’t give up he just go take a rest for a season and he is coming back with something; so why do we take breaks on God? He knew Jesus had not eaten anything so naturally so the body probably desired food. He told Jesus “if thou be the Son of god, command this stone that it be made bread” and Jesus answered saying “it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God”. Do we bother answering him with the Word or do we just continue to let him manipulate us until he have his way with us? Jesus left us covered from all temptations, he gave us the Word and His Spirit to lead and guide us through the terrains of this life.
Satan then took him up into a high mountain and showed Jesus his own world to offer it to Him; “all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them; for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it”. “If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine”. What a liar! Jesus was given all power in Heaven; (Luke 1:15) He had come from Heaven but now lived in flesh. Satan surely thought he would have gone the way of the world as a man. How deceived Satan was! Jesus answered him again saying “get thee behind me, Satan; for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve”. How can Satan offer something that does not belong to him? He is a liar, a thief and a deceiver!
Satan in his own wicked imagination brought Jesus to Jerusalem and set him on a pinnacle of the temple and said unto him “if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence? If thou be, he knew who Jesus was. Speaking to Jesus again he said “for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone”. Jesus answered him saying “it is said, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”. When Satan could get no play from Jesus with all of his wicked imaginations he ended all the temptations and departed him for a season. Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee and there went out a fame of him throughout all of the regions round about.
After we get pass the wicked imaginations Satan presents us then God will lift us up another level.