Daily Devotion

November 9, 2013

Snake eggs!

Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
-James 1:15

Pythons can lay more eggs than any other breed of snake. In most cases, after they lay their eggs, females will typically incubate them until they hatch. Consistent temperature is critical for the python embryos to develop.

What do python eggs have to do with our Christian walk? Every sin begins with a thought.

The greatest battle for your soul is not the war going on between angels and demons; it is the war going on between your ears. This battle starts with how you think and the “snake eggs” you allow the enemy to lay in your head.

How does the python get his snake eggs in your life? He gains access through your eyes, your ears, and your mouth. The things you allow yourself to watch, to hear, and to speak profoundly affect the spiritual atmosphere of your life and your home.

Your life will always move in the direction of the dominant images you allow in your mind. Those images become thoughts that will eventually become actions. Don’t let that snake make a nest and hatch eggs in your mind.

What images are you allowing into your mind through your eyes? What do you allow yourself to hear day in and day out? What kind of words come out of your mouth?

Heavenly Father,
Give me the courage to kick the python out of my mind. Help me control the images I see, the thoughts I think, the messages I hear, and the words I speak. Amen.