The Thought Life
Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. KJV
It seems even strange to refer to the thoughts of human beings as an actual life, but it is a life and the most difficult life for every human being to keep under control. This is the arena where my most fierce battles are fought in spiritual warfare every day. I lived for many decades pouring filthy images of sexual sin i.e. pornography into my mind that so corrupted it that it requires a constant washing or bathing in the Word of God in order to renew it and replace those pagan thoughts with God’s thoughts. There is a Christian rap song that I listen to entitled “Catch me at the Brook” and part of the lyrics are as follows: “Sometimes I want to erase my brain, cause 20 years as a pagan got my mind trained.” I feel that way often of my mind because of the overload of sensual junk that I have poured into it for the 3 decades I was bound in pornography and what I allow into it right now when I am not fighting the good fight of faith as I should. However all honor, praise, and glory to my Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ who tells me through the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:5 that I can (by His grace) bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
We have an enemy that desires to intrude into our thought life and accuse, condemn, allure, and devour our devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. In my book entitled ““Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” I made this following quote: “Through surrender and submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit day by day we experience victory as He cancels Satan’s dominion, rule, authority, power, and control over sexually immoral behavior.
Many people have elaborate security systems for their homes and cars. It is necessary in this world to guard and protect ourselves and our families from evil and wicked people. There is nothing wrong with protecting the things of this life that you have worked hard to obtain. But, even more importantly, we must develop an effective security system for our spiritual lives and our hearts. We must protect our hearts from being invaded and corrupted by the ultimate intruder the devil just as we protect our material goods and our families from evil intruders.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP): “Keep and guard your heart with all diligence and vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the issues of life.” If the heart be pure and holy, all its purposes will be just and good. If it be impure and defiled, nothing will proceed from it but abomination.”
The most important thing that we can do continually all day every day is to guard our heart/mind from things seen and heard that would affect who we become. This brings about a fight, battle, struggle, and we often lose some battles and make a mess of our lives because of wrong thinking produce by going away from Christ Word and not allowing that Word to wash our minds, invade our minds, and allow the Word of God to richly dwell in our hearts and transform our thought life. The soul that has been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ has new desires and purposes to think and dwell on, but must always war according to Ephesians 6.
“The Bible does not thrill; the Bible nourishes. Give time to the reading of the Bible and the recreating effect is as real as that of fresh air physically.” Oswald Chambers
Lord Jesus I am humbled daily by the grace You give to me daily to be a vessel of righteousness for You. I love You, praise You, worship and adore You. Keep me in Your love and direct my steps by Your Word, in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus and by Your Blood Amen! Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle e-books now and will be available in a couple of weeks @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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