Thought Life

Question:

Am I the only person that struggles with thinking about bad things that I know are wrong? I try to stop but just can’t.

Response:

Christians at times do entertain bad thoughts that should be kept in check.  But how best to do it is the question.

We might begin by considering it in the category of ‘temptation’.  We may have a fleeting bad thought, which in itself is not a sin.  It becomes a sin when we willfully and deliberately continue to entertain that thought.  As you mull it over in your mind it tends to grow and captivate you fully.  Then it is definitely destructive.  Romans 12:2 says, “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind.”  That is obviously what needs to happen – renewing the mind.  To do this…

1. Confess bad thoughts as sin.

2. Take control of your thinking by substituting positive thoughts by replacing bad thoughts with such things as Bible reading, prayer, good books, wholesome music, positive activities, etc.  Philippians 4:8 says, “…keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly and proper.  Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.”  You have to reign in your mind and take charge.  It’s your responsibility.

3.  Claim the power of the Holy Spirit to control your mind.  We need help beyond our own to live, as we should.  That help comes from the Holy Spirit.  He will never put bad thoughts in our mind if we are totally under his control.

To help you prepare for, lay claim to that power, and how to maintain it, I would suggest you go to:

Knowing Jesus Personally (with video clips),

OR, the same lessons at….

Knowing Jesus Personally (without video clips)

Study and apply these lessons as suggested on a regular basis for the rest of your life.  They will help you develop the consistent, victorious walk with the Lord and help you keep your mind focused on the Lord. They are all very good but lesson #2 and #3 are the ones I am specifically referring to.

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