And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him. (John 13:2 KJV)
This is one of those scriptures. That I have read plenty of times, but the significance of what it was telling me eluded me. Until recently. The story of Judas. Is a well known one. You could ask just about anyone who was Judas Iscariot and they would tell you. He is the one who betrayed Jesus. This was a fulfillment of scripture that Jesus must be betrayed and handed over. Still I couldn’t help but to wonder not only the why, but the how could Judas betray Jesus. The why I get. It was the fulfilling of prophesy. Here is what the Holy Spirit revealed to me about the HOW. The above verse tells us that the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him. The how was that Satan was able to enter into the heart of Judas. Many times we teach/preach that our mind is a battle field. That we must renew our minds with the word of God. Which is true, but what about our hearts? The devil was able to get Judas to betray Jesus because he put it into his heart to do so. It is no secret that Judas is what we would call into days time. The church treasurer. That he dealt with the money. I believe that he had a love for it and being around it a lot. I can see how he could be tempted by it. So, I can see how in that area Satan would be able to put it into his heart to betray Jesus. We talk a lot about him betraying Jesus for a little bit of nothing. We acquaint that the only way that we in today’s time can betray Jesus is when money is involved. Not true. I need for you to get this. The devil was only able to enter into the heart of Judas in the area that he not only loved, but had a weakness for. For some of us however, the devil could try to tempt us in other areas of how our lives. It could be love & relationships. It could be power and status. It could be a combination of all three. Money, love and power. I strongly believe that the bible is designed not only to grow us and change us, but it also teaches us valuable lessons. Judas taught me something that I’ve never considered. Here’s three lessons that I learned through Judas.
1.) He teaches that even close followers of Christ can be led astray. He had just about the same amount of intimacy as the other disciples had. He had a position ( He was the Treasurer)
2.) He teaches us to guard our hearts. Satan was able to speak to him. Through his heart’s desires.
3.) He teaches us the definition of betrayal. For it to be considered a betrayal. It has to come from someone close to you. In most cases. It comes from someone with whom we trusted and put our confidence in. When it is someone outside of our inner circle, who tries to hurt us. That is seen as an attack. There’s a difference between an attack and a betrayal. An attack can come from someone who you don’t know. Or don’t know all to well. A betrayal comes from someone you do know and with whom you trusted.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23 KJV)
Scripture tells us to keep our hearts with all diligence. Which means to give attention or care to what we allow to enter into our hearts. What we allow to enter into our hearts. Will eventually manifest into our lives. I had to learn this lesson the hard way. This verse goes on to say for out of it are the issues of life. The things that we carry with us is most likely found in the heart. Satan knows this. So he puts it into our hearts. He will speak to our hearts desires. He will try to use the very thing that we love the most, to try and lure us from the word of God. We can combat this by taking conscious care about what we allow to enter into our hearts. There is nothing wrong with having hearts desires. We all have them. I believe that some of them were placed there by God himself, but we can’t let these desires become so strong that we allow Satan to be able to come in and plant seeds in our lives because of said desires. Don’t be lulled into that thinking of well. That can’t happen to me. I have a relationship with Jesus. Let me point out do did Judas.
There is a scripture in Jeremiah 17:9 that reads. (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Here is the main reason why I believe that the bible warns us to guard our hearts. It can be both deceitful and wicked. For years, I thought that I had a pure heart. Until I came into a season where I felt God overlooked me in favor of those who I felt weren’t living for him. He showed me just how wicked my heart was. I hate to admit it, but that was an area that I allowed Satan to speak to me through. There was a period of time. Where I didn’t allow the Holy Spirit to search my heart. Which was a huge mistake. It’s another way that we can combat the attacks of the enemy when it comes to dealing with our heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts. In doing so. It will bring to the forefront of our minds. The things in our lives that is not pleasing to God. In the book of Ephesians 4:27 it warns us to Neither give place to the devil. That starts with the heart. I believe that before it reaches our minds and therefore our actions. It must first enter into our hearts. We give place to the devil, with what we allow to enter into our hearts. King David had it right when he cried out to God to Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 KJV). This is a prayer that we should all pray from time to time. It is of vital importance that we take a conscious care of what we allow to enter into our hearts. For we don’t want to be found guilty of giving place to the devil. Judas did. Let me point this out as well. Judas betrayed Jesus for money that he didn’t even get to spend. Be careful of what desires we allow to enter into our hearts, because you can obtain it but not enjoy it.