Of all the clever little ploys and advice Screwtape gives to Wormwood one of the things that he said that sticks out to me the most is this...
"It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out."
I know for me I always get frustrated when thoughts or feelings enter my mind that aren't pleasing to the Lord but I never once considered the fact that maybe the enemy was also trying to keep things out of my mind as well.
It's easy for us to all think of the many times we've had nasty thoughts about things but how could you ever gauge how many thoughts didn't enter your mind that could have been beneficial in growing the Lord's kingdom?
I know this story is only a work of fiction even though it was written by one of the best Christian fictional authors but you just can't seem to help wondering if maybe this is what really happens in the spiritual battles we face everyday.
I'm sure there will be more interesting tidbits as I read through this book, I will post them as I find them.
What thoughts or feelings do you think have been prevented from being thought?