Yesterday morning, a raccoon walked right by my door, only a few feet away from me. It was daylight, and he was hungry and looking for trash. Thankfully the dogs didn’t see him, or they would have awakened my husband with their barking. I’m sure he came in so close because if I don’t have time to take the trash to the road, I will sometimes leave it right outside my door. Though he startled me, he only did what a wild animal naturally does.
That raccoon was like thoughts we get when we don’t control our minds. The enemy comes close because we’ve had similar trashy ideas, and he thinks he can conquer us by captivating our attention. When that raccoon went by, I was reading and meditating on God’s word, and immediately, my thoughts were distracted by the raunchy trash picker. My dogs would have gone berserk if I had reacted rather than calmly let it go without incident. The enemy will try to control you through your mind by putting things in front of you to cause your mind to wander into his territory. When you get wild, fleeting thoughts, don’t react; hold them captive and repent if necessary.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:5-6