From Selwyn Hughes

30 Dec

Here’s the Hughes on how to do this. Simplistic it may seem, unworthy or beneath our attention it may seem but it isn’t. We like to forget our unrighteousness. We forget that pursuing something means leaving off the other chases, the enticing smells of the hunt.

Well, you may not. I forget. Too often. So this is for other weaklings like me… And it works!

…the most effective place to deal with sin is at the ‘eye’ stage. …. “The best place to kill a cobra”, runs an old Indian proverb, “is in its egg.”

Most sin follows on from a failure to kill it at the place of desire – the ‘eye’.  When an evil thought comes, try blinking your eyes very rapidly and you will discover that the thought is broken up.  It is a voluntary act demanding the attention of the will, and thus draws attention away from the evil thought.  Add to the action the simple prayer that Peter prayed when he was about to sink into the waters of the Sea of Galilee: “Lord, save me.”

Another thing you can do when a sinful thought or desire invades your mind is to change whatever you are doing in order to focus your attention elsewhere.  An old Welsh miner I knew told me, many years ago, that when he was a young man, he was out walking one day and was attacked by an evil thought.  He deliberately picked up a heavy stone and carried it back home.  The attention necessary to carry the load made him forget the thought.  These ideas may not work for everyone, but they have certainly worked for some.  Another way to deal with an evil thought or desire when it comes is to focus our attention on a mental picture of Christ on the Cross.  It is hard to think of evil and Him at the same time.  They are incompatibilities.

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