“No, no, no, all of this has to go, go, go,” I said to myself emphatically as soon as I saw my thoughts were headed down a not good pathway.
Just days before, the Lord had very sternly, very strongly led me to repentance for being what He said was “sloppy” for years when it came to keeping my heart clean, pure, and empty of wrong thoughts. I had been taught years earlier to guard my heart, to cast down imaginations, to take thoughts captive, to purify my heart, to wear and use the full armor of God (please read Ephesians 6:10-18), to have victory in Christ in my battles through faith in Him, and to repent for anything displeasing to the Lord including for wicked thoughts.
Truth is I indeed had been sloppy, oftentimes forgetting to follow the Lord’s will in all this. Oh, yes, the Lord vehemently rebuked me and led me to repentance for years of sloppiness. Now I needed to get my act together – daily – in obedience to the Lord.
That day, I was tough with those thoughts when they came my way. I recognized them as wrong and vehemently got rid of them!
The Lord makes clear in the Bible what thoughts please Him and what thoughts are wicked and therefore sin that must be purged.
Let us strive diligently and continually to keep our hearts pure for Christ. The Lord reminded me that day to do my best to keep wrong thoughts from entering into my mind by getting rid of them as soon as they come. He also reminded me to kick them out when I find I have already let them in.
Examples of wicked thoughts? Sexual lust, worry, vengeance, bitterness, self-pity, complaining, negativity, criticism, judgment, condemnation, anger, thoughts of refusing to forgive, pride, selfishness, self-centeredness, envy, fear, etc.
Examples of thoughts that honor the Lord? Love for the Lord, love for others, kind thoughts, compassionate thoughts, humble thoughts, prayer, thankful to the Lord thoughts, thankful to others thoughts, thoughts praising the Lord, thoughts that honor Him, thoughts focused on God’s Word, thoughts about doing God’s will, thoughts of helping others, etc.
The Lord’s greatest command is to love Him with ALL of our hearts, minds, and souls. If we are to love Him with ALL our hearts, minds, and souls, then surely we need to be very careful to keep them pure for Him!
Dear Father, our minds can be filled with wickedness, or they can be filled with what is good and right in your eyes. Please Lord teach us to protect them from evil, to purge whatever needs to go, and to use them in a manner pleasing to you. Fill us with you, Lord. Fill our lives with your goodness. Fill our hearts with joy and gladness. Help us to be people of praise, worship, and adoration of you. Teach us to ask for and receive fresh fillings of your Holy Spirit who lives inside your followers. Help us to hunger for you and your Word. Help us to fill ourselves with your Word. Fill our minds with what makes you pleased. What brings you happiness. Help us to love you with our hearts and minds, words, and actions. Help us, oh Lord, Amen!
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” Mt. 32:37-38
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Cor. 10:4-6
“And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4
“Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9