Sunday, December 15, 2013

Does Our Thought Life Matter?

Do you think your thought life matters to God?  I believe every sin begins with a thought.  Sure, we all have bad thoughts at times.  These are temptations.  Temptations are not sin.  It is what you do with those thoughts whether or not they become sin.

God commands that we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. {II Corinthians 10:5}  He commands us to fix our thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. {Philippians 4:8}

When a negative thought about someone comes into your mind, replace it with a good thought.  When a sexual temptation enters your thoughts, kick it out and begin thinking about something pure.  We do have power over our thoughts!  God has given us a sound mind.  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. {2 Timothy 1:7}

Therefore, take control over your thought life.  Don't let yourself get too hungry, too tired, angry, or lonely.  These are the times you are most likely to allow temptation turn into sin.  If you are hungry, eat.  If tired, go to sleep.  If angry,  remember that anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God.  If lonely, call someone up or get involved in your local church and make friends.

Put on the full armor of God.  Be daily in His word.  Pray always.  Do not let Satan have his way with you.  Have someone hold you accountable in your weaknesses.  Do whatever you can to walk in obedience to God for His ways are the path to life.

Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his won lust, 
and entices.  then when lust has conceived
it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.
James 1:14,15