Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What were you thinking?

What were you thinking?
As Christians, our ‘thought life’ is so very important. God sees our heart and knows everything we think about. Don’t you want to honor Him with your thoughts!

There are three things trying to hinder our relationship with God by drawing us into a sinful thought life:

1. Satan. Our great adversary. If you are a Christian, he wants to damage your testimony/witness.

2. The World. Satan is the temporary ruler of the earth (although he can still only do what God allows). So this fallen world draws you to inappropriate thoughts.

3. Your Flesh. That part of you that existed separate from God prior to your salvation.

What are the potential impacts to your thought life if you give in to temptation?

Galatians 5:19-2119 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

But in his letter to the Philippians, Paul told his Christian brothers at Philippi what they should be thinking about.

Philippians 4:8-98 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Prayer: My Father in heaven, my heart is yours. You are worthy of all praise, honor and glory. Forgive me where I fall short of Your standards. Thank You for Your righteousness through Christ. Please Father, help me to have a thought life that honors You. In Christ name I pray. Amen.