Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5 (NIV)
What do you set your mind on? What are you allowing yourself to think? What thoughts do you entertain in your mind? I’m not sure what you have in mind by asking me these questions. You have the ability to choose what you allow yourself to think. You can take authority over every one of your thoughts. You do not need to entertain every thought that comes into mind. It is no sin to have an improper or unhealthy thought come into your mind. It is a sin to entertain improper and unhealthy thoughts. You need to make a decision and choose what you will allow your mind to think.
How can I rid my mind of improper and unhealthy thoughts? My mind is filled with improper and unhealthy thoughts. My mind feels like a battleground. I don’t want to think improper and unhealthy thoughts. I want the thoughts of my mind to be pleasing to you. I want to think your thoughts. You have taken a very important first step. You have told me that you want to think thoughts that are pleasing to me. You have said that you want to think my thoughts. You have made a decision about what you will set your mind on. That’s right.
If you want to think my thoughts you must know where you can find and hear and listen to my thoughts. Where do you suppose you will find my thoughts? I will find your thoughts in your word. That’s right. If you want to begin to think my thoughts what will you do? I will do several things. Like what? I will read your word. I will meditate on your word. I will memorize your word. I will let your word dwell in me richly. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. I will allow your word to teach me. I will allow your word to train me. I will allow your word to guard and guide my life. That will be very good.
You were right. Your mind is a battleground. You cannot win the battle over your mind without my word doing its work in you. What work will your word do in my mind? My word will cleanse your mind. My word will strengthen your mind. My word will fill your mind. My word will push improper and unhealthy thoughts out of your mind. Then you will think my thoughts. Then you walk in my ways as you put my word into practice. Yes, I will. That is what I want.
Holy Spirit, help me to think thoughts you want me to think. With your power and help I will distance myself from whatever tempts me to think thoughts and feel desires of the sinful nature. I want you want. I want to live the life you have called me to live for you. Amen
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