We often find ourselves in some sticky situations and, from personal experience, it often comes from boredom. Satan attacks us when we’re most vulnerable. He knows our weaknesses and will do what he can to attempt to see us fail.
” The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10
We can find ourselves almost looking for trouble because we can’t stand the quiet. It’s okay to sit in silence from time to time. This society makes people think that we need to be entertained or around people at all times. Being social is definitely necessary but being alone and in a quiet place, from time to time, is also necessary. I often find my mind wandering on my days off. Once I get all of my errands finished and really don’t have much else to do, I start thinking about what else I can do. Some people hate quiet time and often start instigating situations just to have a little excitement going on. That is definitely just trouble waiting to happen.
Quiet time is okay.
” Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
We lay around being bored and start allowing our thoughts to take over. Satan is the best at invading your mind. When you feel that happening, speak against it (out loud) and do whatever it takes to cast those thoughts out. Do not allow your flesh to give in to any deceiving thoughts, to justify the thoughts you’re having. The world can feel like it’s closing in on us at times. The only thing that keeps me going or that comforts me is reading God’s word (or fellowship). He’s the only thing that’s constant and reliable every second. The next time that you feel that inner mischievous self of yours attempting to get the best of you, deny it. Go workout, read, anything productive but sitting there and thinking about it more. Satan puts thoughts and temptations into our minds. Remember that sin isn’t sin until we actually give in to any sinful thoughts. Temptation is just that. It’s tempting and we are tempted on a daily basis but until we give in to that temptation, we haven’t sinned. Do not allow Satan to fool you.
” Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy.” – Ephesians 4:23-24
Sin isn’t sin until we’ve given in to the temptation.