I will start this post with an apology for its belated update. From now on, I will make best efforts to update it on Wednesday nights.
The topic of Pat Hein's excellent, thoroughgoing message was Casting Down Temptation. The handout/outline is available upon request either from us at heart4Him@aol.com or from the church office. Please continue to track the sermons in The Spirituality of Jesus as well. Thx.
Whatever you do for the next two minutes, don't think about Green Monkeys. Keep all images of Green Monkeys from swinging tree to tree across your mental screen.
What happened? Were you able to escape the vision of verdant primates run amok? Probably not, at least not completely. Now..
...for the next two minutes, don't think about Green Monkeys, and instead envision a horde of Red Monkeys.
If your like most people, that went a good deal better. Having a strong replacement for the forbidden fruit of green monkey thoughts gives us a target for our attentions. So it is with resisting temptation.
The enemy of our souls, true to the God's Kingdom vs. Satan's Kingdom chart from Sunday, has a highly alluring, attention-grabbing fraud - his green monkeys - to set up against the Truth. If we are without the 'Red Monkeys' of the Word of God - we are lost. If the truth is a horse, the enemy doesn't much care which side we fall off of, so long as we fall off.