Did you know overcoming sinful thoughts and temptation is something that has to be done on purpose? It’s true and it took me a lifetime to understand the truth behind this.
If only you knew what really goes on in my head.
Although I have never been diagnosed with ADD I am 100% sure I have it to a degree. Some days my thoughts just wander from one thing to another. And other days I am laser focused.
Over time I have learned how to control my thoughts and think on purpose. Yes, I said think on purpose. As humans we tend to go on Autopilot more often than not.
Have you ever driven to work and don’t remember the drive there? That my friend is autopilot.
I read somewhere once that 98% of the world operates on autopilot. Now are those statistics real? I don’t know for sure but what I do know is that more people than not operate on autopilot; most don’t even recognize it.
I used to operate on autopilot to the degree that I couldn’t remember what I walked into a room for. Some laugh and say this is just a part of getting old but in all honesty you are locked into autopilot.
This is also true with the shows we watch, the music we listen to, and the way we live our lives.
If you fail to take notice of the things you are putting in your mind then how will you ever overcome sinful thoughts and temptation?
For me sinful thoughts that involved sexual activities was a struggle. At least until I realized there were some things I needed to change.
Struggling With Sinful Thoughts
Sexual thoughts of all kinds used to, and still do from time to time, cross my mind. It wasn’t until I realized I could actually control these sinful thoughts by simply taking a few actions.
Being sexually active has always been a huge part of who I am. I won’t lie, I was sexually active while not married. As a Christian this is something that I struggled with even long after salvation.
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I loved sex and I loved how it made me feel. But I didn’t like how I felt afterwards. I felt dirty, disgusting, sinful, and most of all, I felt like I had disappointed God.
Why do we do things that later make us feel dirty, ashamed, or even unloved? Personally from my own experience, I truly believe it is our thought process.
In today’s world it is so hard to sit down and enjoy a show on TV without seeing some sort of sexual activity, especially between the same sex, violence, or any other type of negativity.
When I realized the things I was watching and listening to was actually the root of my sinful thoughts I took action.
Of course I had to fight myself to follow through. But it definitely helped in overcoming sinful thoughts and temptation.
Now, when my husband and I sit down to watch our favorite shows I hold the remote in my hand. Why? Because there are things I do not care to see nor do I care for my children to see.
Most of the shows we watch are PG or PG13 but even those have gone a little too far in what is allowed.
One of our favorite shows is This Is Us. Needless to say I was so disappointed when one of the daughters came out of the closet.
Here this was suppose to be a family show but what is that telling our kids? It’s okay to explore? No! It isn’t okay.
As a Christian, I am NOT okay with two people of the same sex kissing. That is my opinion and I am entitled to it. Just as someone who is okay with it is entitled to their opinion.
Just because there isn’t a lot I can do about it, the one thing I can do is FAST FORWARD through the scenes. I do this even if it is a man and a woman.
Watching a sexual scene on TV often gets me aroused. Which leads to sinful thoughts that then lead to sins of the flesh.
(If only you knew just how embarrassing it was for me to share that with you. But I promised to always be honest even if it is embarrassing.)
a. Thoughts Become Words, Words Become Actions
Have you ever heard the saying Thoughts become words, Words become Actions? This is exactly what happens when we fill our minds with things of this world. Such as TV and Music just to name a couple.
In my younger years, I will be 40 this month, I am still learning how to embrace it, I used to smoke a lot of marijuana. Believe me I am not proud of it. In fact there is a lot I am not proud of.
However, since that is my past and that is something I can’t change the devil sometimes likes to use these things against me and tempt me. And he is doing the same thing to you.
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b. Guard Your Thoughts Bible Verse
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. – Colossians 3:5
Scriptures On Temptation
Temptation lurks around every corner. So many people are so quick to blame God when they are being tempted. When in reality they should only be blaming themselves.
Earlier I mentioned that I now fast forward through specific scenes on TV shows and avoid certain movies. Why? Because I came to realize sex scenes tend to cause arousal in my mind which can often lead to things that I am later ashamed of.
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Some could argue that I am married and I have my husband to take care of such needs. However, you are not by your spouse’s side 24/7. Sometimes our temptations get the better of us.
After all we are only human, right? Personally, I have come to the conclusion that many temptations can be avoided. And I believe the Bible is very clear on this topic. Many refuse to accept the truth though.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. – James 1 : 13-14
What Does The Bible Say About Sinful Thoughts
There are a ton of verses in the Bible on sinful thoughts. From renewing your mind to not looking at someone with lustful intent.
So how do we control sinful thoughts then? It is actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it. But it is something that has to be done on purpose.
That’s right! You have to intentionally pay attention to your thoughts.
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. – Romans 8 : 11
I don’t know about you but that is a pretty powerful verse! That verse alone tells us that we have the same power in us that Jesus did when He overcame temptation when He was tempted by the devil.
There are so many verses in the Bible on sinful thoughts. You can see the verses here ←—-
Remember, staying in and attending church regularly is important. I hear all the time:
I don’t need to go to church to be a Christian.
Although this is true it only makes things harder. And honestly, you are more likely to backslide. Being around other Christians is like having a safety net.
As an introvert I don’t always like being around other people or large groups. But what I don’t like most is when I feel like others are prying into my personal business or judging me.
This is exactly how I sometimes feel around other Christians. However, I know in my heart that is the devil putting those thoughts in my mind to distract me; to tempt me to stay away from church. I mean why on earth would the devil want me to be around other Christians, right?
The devil will often use our own insecurities against us a weapon to tempt us and distract us.
It is up to us to stay active in church and read the Bible consistently. That is the only way to overcome sinful thoughts and temptation.