What’s a thought? What’s wrong with one measly little thought? It can’t be that bad, right? Right?
Our thoughts can seem so insignificant, but in reality, they are the very things that control our focus. Where we allow our thoughts to dwell will likely determine the course of our focus and actions for a period of time. Our thoughts are affected by the things that we allow to enter our minds. If we are putting junk in, our focus and actions will result in junk (sin).
If we lack purity in our thoughts, what is the result? This is the truly scary part about the whole thing (don’t worry, we will talk about the good stuff in a minute ). Unfortunately, a lack of purity in our thoughts will result in a decrease in intimacy with God. How can we have a pure relationship with God when our thoughts are muddled by the junk of the world? We begin to have a skewed perspective on what’s important in life and we begin to leave God in the background.
This is the good part! God has given us a design for our thoughts! Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” God desires for us to walk in righteousness in our thoughts. You may be saying, “Well that’s easier said than done!” It’s true that it is not easy. The beautiful thing about God is that He never allows us to face things that we are unable to overcome!
How do we overcome the thoughts that the enemy wants us to focus on? It can only be done by abiding with the Father. That means that we have to be faithful in our quiet times! If you want to have the strength to face the challenges that will come at you through the day, HAVE YOUR QUIET TIMES!!! Abiding in the Father = purity and power through redemption! He is the source of all that you need to overcome anything that you will face, including your thoughts and the temptations that will come.
The scripture that has given me strength through many times of temptation is 2 Corinthians 10:5. It says, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking captive every thought to the obedience of Christ.” I would encourage you to memorize this scripture and when you begin to get tempted with thoughts that are not of God, SPEAK IT OUT! By doing this, you are taking authority by the power of the presence of God that lives inside of you!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 20:59