Gaining Control of Your Thought Life; A Device of Satan
Dr. Joe Temple

Review

Open your Bibles, please, to II Corinthians. I would like for you to notice chapter 2, verse 1:

II Corinthians 2:

1But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
2For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
3And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
4For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
5But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.
6Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.
7So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
8Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.
9For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.
10To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

I would like for us to notice together the last verse we read in this paragraph, verse 11:

II Corinthians 2:

11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

As you know, for the past several weeks we have been looking together at what the Word of God has to say about the Devil and his demons. We want now to begin a discussion of the Devil and his intricate devices. The Devil is powerful, not only because he has a countless number of demons who do his every bidding, but the Devil is powerful because he is the most crafty individual who has ever been created. The Apostle Paul realized that, as is indicated in our text. But in order that we may understand the text better, let us take a moment to glance at the background in which we find the text.

Corinthian Believers' Attitude Toward Sin

You will remember that, according to the first Corinthian letter, the Apostle Paul wrote to these Corinthian believers and remonstrated with them because they were tolerating in the midst of their fellowship a man who was living in open sin. They were tolerating him in a spirit of liberty, saying, “Our church is big enough to have everyone in it. Our church is big enough to have the people who live close to God, and to have the people who do not live very close to God. Our church is big enough and broad-minded enough to tolerate anything in the lives of Christians.” They were connected with believers who were so afraid of legalism that they were afraid to speak out against any kind of evil at all.

The Apostle Paul wrote to them and told them something ought to be done about it. They were in somewhat the same quandary that the church would be in today if it tried to discipline very many of its members. That is, not knowing who should carry on the discipline because in these days of apostasy and careless living, if discipline were to be given to any great extent today, there might not be anyone left to discipline.

They sort of excused their attitude on that basis. And then the Apostle Paul said, “All of that may be very true, but there is one thing that you could have done about it. You could have been grieved about it. You could have prayed about it. You could have asked God to do something about it, and you didn't. You have just gone right along absolutely unconcerned about the thing that is in your midst.”

He wrote rather strongly in that first letter. When they received the letter, they read it, and they said, “You know, Paul is right. We ought to do something about it.” So they called the man in and said, “You cannot live like that if you are going to associate with us. We are just going to withdraw fellowship from you completely.” And they did.

Understanding The Devil's Devices

You know, the Devil is so crafty and so wise. He always knows what to do and when to do it. So one moment, he was winning the victory by causing them to be too generous, and the next moment, he was winning the victory by causing them to be too strict. They not only withdrew fellowship from the man, but they kicked him in the pants as well. The poor fellow did not know what to do. He was so overcome with sorrow that he did not know which way to turn.

Word got back to Paul, and he wrote to them and said, “Now look, you are overdoing this thing. I meant for you to withdraw fellowship, but only until the man became conscious of his sins—only until the man was willing to make it right. You go to him, and you tell him that I forgive him. You tell him that you forgive him. Put your arms around him, and welcome him back into fellowship. If you don't, he is going to be overcome with overmuch sorrow.”

May I pause long enough to suggest that in this matter of withdrawal of fellowship, and in this matter of exhortation, and in this matter or restoration of those who are overtaken in fault, and even in this matter of praying for those who are overtaken in fault, we need to be Spirit-led. The Devil can win just as great a victory one way as he can another.

So the Apostle said to these Corinthian believers, “Find the man and welcome him back into fellowship. I forgive him. Christ forgives him, and we must forgive him.” Notice verse 11:

II Corinthians 2:

11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Look at the word advantage in that text. What does it mean? It means, very literally rendered, lest Satan should “gain more control” of you.

Beloved, that is what the Devil is trying to do. He is trying to gain more and more control. You give the Devil an inch, and he will take a mile every time. That is the reason you have to be so very much on guard because he will do everything he can to take the advantage, to gain more control of you.

Notice what Paul said, for this is the introductory message on the devices of the Devil. “We are not ignorant of the devices of the Devil.” What is this word device ? Well, it comes from an original Greek word that elsewhere in the New Testament is translated “mind.” Literally, it is related to the thought processes of the Devil. “We are not ignorant of how the Devil thinks.” That is what the Apostle said.

I do not know how many people he can include in that we . I think he could not have included too many of us, because most of us are ignorant of the way the Devil thinks. We are ignorant of the way the Devil plans. That is the reason he is constantly gaining more control of us than he should.

Controlling Thought Processes

I want us to examine this word device as it is related, not only to the Devil, but to us. I want us to notice that the first device the Devil uses is the device of gaining control of the thought processes of man. If the Devil can gain control of your thought life, he is really taking advantage of you. If the Devil can gain control of your thought life, he has really got his foot in the doorway.

I would like for us to look at some passages of Scripture that verify what I am saying to you. Let's turn over to II Corinthians, chapter 3, and notice verse 14. As you look at this passage of Scripture, keep in mind that the Apostle was discussing the nation of Israel and the reason so many Jews find it hard to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Messiah. He said, concerning them:

II Corinthians 3:

14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

Notice the word mind in verse 14. It is the same Greek word as is the word device in our first passage of Scripture. It means “thought processes.”

Paul said that we are not ignorant of the thought processes of the Devil because the Devil is planning to take control of the thought processes of man, just as he took control of the thought processes of the nation of Israel. Why is it that the nation of Israel, all these many thousands of years, continues to reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah? Because the Devil is controlling their thinking. That is why. He is controlling their thinking. Look now at II Corinthians, chapter 4, verse 1:

II Corinthians 4:

1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Look at verse 4 again:

II Corinthians 4:

4In whom the god of this world [that is the Devil; he is the god of this world] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…

Notice the word minds . It is the same word we are talking about. It is the word that is translated “devices.” It is the word which refers to the thought processes of most men. The Apostle said, “I have preached, but not everyone believes the gospel. I have preached the gospel, but not everyone responds to the gospel. Why don't they respond to the gospel? Because the Devil has gained control of their thought processes!”

We may not like this, but you may as well face it on the basis of the Word of God. No unsaved individual can think right. No matter who he is, he cannot think right. The Devil has control of his thought processes. That is the reason. The Lord Jesus Christ said in the gospel of John, chapter 3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” We read that verse and assume too much. We think that the Lord Jesus Christ is saying that if a man is not born again, way off in the future he won't see the Kingdom of God. But that is not what he is talking about. The word see there means “comprehend.” He will not be able to comprehend the Kingdom of God unless he is born again. That is the reason that it is so important for people to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. In their own strength, they cannot see. They cannot understand. Their thought processes are controlled by the Devil.

Turn to chapter 11 of II Corinthians and notice verse 1:

II Corinthians 11:

1Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
2For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3But I fear, [notice these words]lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Notice the word minds there again—‘thought processes.” You know, it is a strange thing that Paul had not mentioned in these passages of Scripture his concern about one overt act of sin. Paul did not say to these Corinthians, “I am afraid the Devil may get you to drinking.” He did not say, “I am afraid the Devil may get you to dancing.” He did not say, “I am afraid the Devil may get you to do some other thing.” He said, “The thing that scares me is that I am afraid the Devil may get control of your minds. I am afraid the Devil may get control of your thought processes.”

I would like to say, Beloved, that that is the greatest danger we have to face. You know, it is possible for you to eliminate from your life every overt thing that might be considered wrong. It is possible to eliminate every overt thing that might be considered sin, and still have your thought processes controlled by the Devil.

That is what Paul was concerned about when he said, “lest Satan gain control of your life, for we are not ignorant of how he thinks. What he has planned is that he might get control of your minds.”

How does the Devil do it? How does the Devil get control of our thought processes? How does the Devil get control of our thinking? Let me warn you that as the Apostle suggested, the Devil is a crafty individual. The Devil does not get control of your mind by introducing something out in the open. You may be sure of that! He does it on the sly. These passages of Scripture at which we have looked suggest the way that he does it. I would like for us to go back over them again and notice the way the Devil gets control of the thought processes of man because to be forewarned is to be fore-armed.

The Way Satan Gets Control Of Thought Processes

Notice once again II Corinthians, chapter 3, verse 14, speaking of the nation of Israel:

II Corinthians 3:

14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

Notice the first statement of verse 14: “But their minds were blinded.” Look at the word blind . If we were just going to talk about that word blind ordinarily, we might think the Devil comes along and punches out your eyes. He blinds you so that you cannot see anything. So, you might say, “Well, I guess what he did was he just went up to the nation of Israel and punched out their eyes so they could not see Jesus.” But that is not what it means.

The word that is translated “blinded” here is a word that means “to create a smoke screen.” That is exactly what the Devil does. The Devil never puts his finger on the real thing that he wants. Rather than that, he creates a smoke screen, so that you cannot see what he is doing until after he has done it. That is the reason he is so dangerous.

If the Devil came and knocked on the door of your heart and said, “Look, this is my plan for you,” then you could say, “Why, Devil, you are not going to fool me. I am not going to let you do that to me.” But he does not do that. Do you know what he does? He creates a smoke screen, and the smoke gets in your eyes, figuratively speaking, to the extent that you cannot see what he is doing. You are already hooked by the time the smoke has blown away. When the smoke begins to get in your eyes, you had better watch out. The Devil is planning something.

Satan's Smoke Screen For Israel

What kind of smoke screen did he raise for the children of Israel? Do you know what he did? He emphasized all the things about the Lord Jesus Christ that were unlovely to the Jewish nation. He constantly harped on the fact that Jesus was from Nazareth. He constantly harped on the fact that He was a carpenter's son. He constantly harped upon the fact that if He were God's Son, He would not be as humble as He was. Instead of coming riding on a donkey, He would have come riding on a white charger. Instead of coming talking about an invisible kingdom that no one could see, He would have come with a scepter and would have deposed the Roman emperor from the throne and established His own reign.

Peter expresses it all by saying, “The Israelites stumbled at the stumbling stone.” They stumbled over the simplicity of Christ. The Devil, you see, did not tell the Israelites what he was really doing. He did not say to them,“I am robbing you of your hope of the Messiah.” He did not say to them, “I am keeping you from receiving the Messiah for which your people have waited these hundreds of years.” He did not say that. If he had said that, they would not have been misled.

He created a smoke screen, and the nation of Israel is still behind the smoke screen today. That is the reason it is so difficult for Jews to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior or Messiah. The smoke is still in their eyes, and they are never going to receive Him until the smoke gets out of their eyes.

Look at II Corinthians, chapter 4, verse 4:

II Corinthians 4:

4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Notice the word blinded . It is the same word. How is it that the Devil is keeping people in sin? How is it that the Devil is keeping people from receiving the Lord Jesus Christ? How is it that people seem to turn a deaf ear to the truth of the gospel? The Devil has created a smoke screen. He has blinded their eyes.

He does not say to them, “What I am doing is keeping you from accepting Christ so you will die and go to eternal Hell.” No, if he said that to them, they would immediately say, “Get out of here! I do not want to go to Hell. I want to accept Christ.” But do you know what he does? He whips up a big smoke screen about all the hypocrites there are in the church, and the hypocrites make so much smoke literally and otherwise that the Devil has a good weapon in his hand to keep people from coming to Christ.

We could go on, but I do not think there is any real need. I think we know the things related to Christians which the Devil emphasizes that keep people from coming to Christ. The only thing that concerns me is that the Devil does not have to make too much smoke. We are making it for him. The smoke screen is keeping a lot of people from coming to Christ. One of these days, we are going to have to give an account to God for our contribution to the smoke screen that has kept people from receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Look at chapter 11 with me again and notice the thing that Paul is concerned about with regard to these Corinthian believers. “But I fear…” You see, he is talking about Israel in one passage, the unsaved in another, and believers in another. Those are the only three classes of people there are in the world today, you know: the Jew, the Gentile, and the Church of God.

II Corinthians 11:

3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted [taken away, kept back] from the simplicity that is in Christ.

What kind of a smoke screen does the Devil create to keep Christians from going on with God? Remember that if the Devil came up to you and said, “I want to occupy your mind with something so the chastening hand of God will rest upon you,” you would be on to him, and you would know exactly what he was doing. You would be on your guard, but that is not what he does.

A Smoke Screen Of Prosperity

What does he do? Well, let's look at a few passages of Scripture. Let's turn to Revelation, chapter 3, and notice verse 17. You are aware of the fact that chapters 2 and 3 of the book of Revelation are messages addressed to churches in various stages of history, and of course, because churches are made up of people, these are messages to individuals. This is part of a message that was addressed to the church at Laodicia. If you are familiar with the record given in Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, you know that this is the message that is addressed to the church existing today. This is the message to the church that is existing in the present hour. Notice verse 14:

Revelation 3:

14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

May I pause long enough to say, as sad as it is to say, that that is the condition of the vast majority of Christians today. They are lukewarm—neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm. They have a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof. With their lips, they serve the Lord, but their hearts are far from Him. What is the reason for it? Well, look at verse 17:

Revelation 3:

17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Did you notice that word blind ? That is our smoke screen again. Do you know what the Devil can do, Beloved? He can create a smoke screen of prosperity that will keep you from going on with God. He can create a smoke screen of things that will so occupy your mind and your thoughts that there will not be room for one spiritual blessing from God.

Before you get too excited over the oil well you discovered in your backyard, you had better ask God if it could be a smoke screen that the Devil is raising to keep you from going on with God. Prosperity without the blessing of God can be one of the most damning things you will ever experience.

The Devil can do a great deal to occupy your heart and your mind with things. May I remind you that you do not have to have your first million before you are occupied with things. It can happen a long time before that. The Devil can so occupy your mind with things that it gives him plenty of opportunity to rob you of your spiritual blessing and your spiritual life.

Spiritual Lethargy

Will you turn with me to the second epistle of Peter and notice chapter 1, verse 9:

II Peter 1:

9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Notice the word blind . It is our same word. It is our smoke screen again. If you read the whole paragraph, you will find that the Devil creates a smoke screen of spiritual lethargy and spiritual ease that will keep you from growing in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. And while he has that smoke screen up, do you know what he does? He robs you of the assurance of your salvation.

Do you realize that there are a great many people who are not sure they are saved, that there are a great many people who are not sure of their relationship to God through Christ? Do you realize there are a great many people who are not sure what is going to happen to them when they die? If someone were to say to them, “What is going to happen to you if you die within the next sixty seconds?”, they would become panic-stricken. They would not have any idea whether they would go to Heaven or to Hell. Do you know that the reason that this is true of many of them is that the Devil has created a smoke screen? While he has got the smoke screen up, he has robbed them of their relationship to God.

Darkness Caused By Loss Of Fellowship

Turn with me to the first epistle of John and notice chapter 2, verse 8:

I John 2:

8Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded [notice] his eyes.

Do you see the word blinded there? It is the very same word. It is another smoke screen. And what does the Devil do? Do you know what he does to create this smoke screen? He lets you slip out of fellowship with God, just a little bit at a time. Bit by bit, very slowly, he lets you slip out of fellowship with God.

And then behind this smoke screen in just a cold, indifferent light, you say, “Oh, well, really, I don't guess I am as spiritual as I was once. I don't expect I am living as close to God as I did a few years ago, but really, I am not doing anything wrong. I am not doing anything I ought not to do. Really, I'm not. I go to church, and I read my Bible every day, but I know that I am not as close as I was.

What you need to do is to face the facts and recognize that you are out of fellowship., The Devil has made this smoke screen of darkness to arise in your life so that he can get in. By the very occupation of your mind, he can cause you to do things that are worse than the coldness and indifference. He does not tell you what he is going to do. He simply raises a smoke screen, and behind the screen, he accomplishes his purpose. For the device of the Devil that is most intricate and most important, in his thinking, is to gain control of your thought life.

I ask you as the children of God, does the Devil have control of your thought life? Does he have control of your thought processes? Is he at the base of all your thinking? Well, you just stop for a moment and give it a little consideration, and you may discover that the reason you think the way you think is that the Devil has already taken control. The reason your mind is occupied the way it is occupied is that the Devil has already taken control of your thought processes. “Well,” you say, “maybe that is true. What am I going to do about it? What is the remedy?”

Regaining Control Of Our Thought Life

It does not help us to know what the Devil is going to do until we know what to do about the Devil. So let me suggest a few things to you.

Let's go back to II Corinthians and notice in chapter 3. In the portion we read to you concerning the nation of Israel, we find what we might consider the basic step in regaining control of our thought life, instead of letting the Devil control it. Notice verse 14:

II Corinthians 3:

14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

It here is referring to the nation of Israel, to the heart of these people. When the heart of the nation of Israel turns to the Lord, then the veil shall be taken away. And what is true of Israel is true of any individual whose thought life is possessed by the Devil. When you turn to the Lord, the Lord can rebuke the Devil and take control of your thought life once again.

You say, “Well, all right. I will turn to the Lord, but how am I going to keep the Lord in charge of my thoughts? How am I going to keep the Devil from taking control again?” Turn with me to chapter 10 of II Corinthians and notice verse 3:

II Corinthians 10:

3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, [that means, are not of the flesh] but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Stay Yielded To The Lord

Notice that last statement. Every thought must be taken captive and caused to obey the Lord Jesus Christ. So I would say first, turn to the Lord, and then stay submitted to the Lord. That is a hard thing to do, isn't it—to stay yielded to the Lord? Especially if the Devil can take control of your thought life.

What is he saying here? He is saying of every thought that is not obedient to Christ, take that thought bodily and bring it into subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are yielded to the Lord Jesus Christ, you have no room for a treacherous thought in your mind. And any thought that, even for a moment, seems to suggest to you rebellion against Christ is a treacherous thought and must be brought into subjection to Christ. Otherwise, the Devil again takes control of your thought processes.

So remember what I said. You give him an inch, and he will take a mile. Let him have one thought, and that is enough to get his foot into the doorway. Then he brings about your downfall.

A Guardian Over Your Thought Processes

Turn now to Paul's letter to the Philippians, chapter 4. You will notice the suggestion that it is the stray thoughts that become rebellious—not your whole mind that is rebellious. Occasionally a renegade thought will come that will be in rebellion to Christ, and that is the thought that you must take captive for Him. Notice in Philippians, chapter 4, verse 5:

Philippians 4:

5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

That is, let your gentleness be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Philippians 4:

6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds [there is our word mind again—thought processes]…shall keep your hearts and [your thought processes] through Christ Jesus.

When we read this portion of the Word in II Corinthians, it sounds as if the responsibility lies on us, doesn't it? But you will notice that it does not lie on us. God has appointed a guardian of your thought processes. God has appointed a sentinel to stand at the portals of your mind to guard your entire thought processes. And what is that sentinel? Well, you find it in verse 7:

Philippians 4:

7…the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep [that is, shall guard your hearts and your thought processes.]

When we read of the “peace of God which passeth all understanding,” we are reading about the peace of God that passeth all human comprehension. There is nothing to compare with this. It is something that is of God, and there are three ways in which it is possible for it to guard your heart and mind.

Three Ways To Guard Your Heart And Mind

Notice in verse 6: Be careful for nothing. The word careful is a word that is related to anxiety. What that phrase is actually saying is, “Don't worry. Don't worry about anything. Worry about nothing.” That is what it is saying.

If you want the Devil to have control of your mind, you worry. You just go ahead and worry, and the Devil will take control of your mind. How are you going to keep from worrying? It is easier said than done.

The second two steps of these three tell you how to do it. Pray about everything. With prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known unto God. Pray about everything. It doesn't matter what it is, pray about it. I think everyone recognizes the therapy of getting things off your chest. That is the reason psychiatrists are getting rich today. I recognize their degrees and their training, but they could do just about as well without their degrees and training. Because all they have to do is to keep their mouths shut and listen. That is all. You actually tell them what to do. You go to them, you lie on their couch, you get it off your chest, and you have already told them what they tell you.

So, Beloved, you don't need a psychiatrist. All you need is prayer. You just tell the Lord about it. Get it off your chest. No matter what it is, tell Him about it, and then thank Him for it.

When you have learned to pray about everything, and to be thankful for everything, no matter what it is, what is the use to worry about it? You don't worry about something that you are thankful for, do you? Did you every worry about coming into an oil well and making a fortune? You don't worry about that. You worry about when you can't.

When you learn to thank the Lord for everything that has come into your life, then you have permitted the peace of God to control your thought processes instead of the Devil

Conclusion

I would suggest to you in closing, beware of this certain device of the Devil to gain control of your thought processes. Don't be so foolish as to think that because your children, for example, are not doing anything bad, the Devil is not bothering them. He may have control of their thoughts. Don't think for a moment that because you are not doing anything that is connected with what people commonly frown on, you are all right. The Devil could control your thoughts.

Watch out for the smoke screen. And whenever the smoke begins to get into your eyes, you had better turn in the opposite direction because the Devil will do something that will bring about your downfall. He does not want me to tell you that, but it is true. The sooner you realize it, the better off you are going to be.


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