I was studying the Book of John and I came across something insightful. John 13:2
“And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;”
Let’s read it in the AMP version [Emphasis added]:
“So [it was] during supper, Satan having already put the thought of betraying Jesus in the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son,”
You know, the betrayal of Jesus by Judas began with a thought. It wasn’t until verse 27 that Satan took over him after the thought had settled and had its way.
“Then after [he had taken] the bit of food, Satan entered into and took possession of [Judas]. Jesus said to him, What you are going to do, do more swiftly than you seem to intend and make quick work of it.”
This is just one example; in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall a thing be established so let’s take another example.Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5. In verse 4, Peter said:
“Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”
You can also read about the Parable of the rich fool in Luke 12:16-20. In this post, we have looked at the negative side of thoughts in the heart but there’s more positive than negative and we’d consider those in Part 2.
Food for thought:
Matthew 15:19 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:”
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”