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"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man." ~Mark 7:21-23


THOUGHTS:


The mind is a terrible thing to… what? Waste? How about ‘listen to’? Control? No matter how you fill in this statement, the fact is the mind is a very powerful thing. And you know that with anything that has any kind of power, the devil is sure to try and use it.

Now I’m going to tell you something you might not have "thought" about….


Do you know that every sin begins with… a mere THOUGHT? From lying, stealing, and murder to jealousy, anger, depression and doubt, it all begins with a thought. I’ve found myself saying many times “I could conquer this if I just didn’t THINK about it. As long as I don’t think about it I’m fine.” But what happens when we DO get those sinful thoughts? Those thoughts, feelings and emotions can creep into our heart and put callouses on it, making it just as sinful as the thoughts are.

We all know that what we allow within our hearts will lead to the fruits we bear.




Christian Bookmark A Mind to Praise Bookmark by PrayerNotes


THE MIND:


The bible says that even our thoughts are sinful, and rightly so when you begin to connect thoughts to actions. Our mind can be very tricky as well, especially when we try to control it. Once we let a thought through, we can get carried away and the longer a thought sits, the harder it is to get rid of.

So what do we do when those sinful thoughts seep in?

First, think of them as the devil whispering into your ear. We all know that sinful thoughts are not of God, and if they are not of God then they are of the Devil. So look at it exactly as it is. Just as the devil tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness [Matthew 4:10], is just how he tries to do us through our thoughts. Jesus knew who was behind it, so why don’t we?

Secondly, have a filter there to filter out any on-Godly thoughts before they are allowed to manifest, and spread. Ever notice that the longer you dwell on something the broader and more extreme you begin to think about it? When a wayside thought gets through immediately put your mind back on God. Start reciting scriptures allowed or just begin to pray aloud. You may even have to get up and move away from whatever area you are at in order to shift your entire focus. You will find that the more you begin to force yourself out of these thoughts, the easier it becomes to do so.

Fill your mind with thoughts of God, and your heart will be filled with of the love of God.


OUR PRAYER

Lord we pray that you help to control our thoughts and allow us the strength to filter out any thought that is not of you. We know that the devil will whisper in our ear with all sorts or nonsense, but we are not able to keep our minds from dwelling on those thoughts all the time. Please also grant us the strength not to act on any thoughts that are not of you. AMEN.

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Till Next Time
God Bless
Amanda of Astria Legends

Comments (6)

On May 2, 2011 at 3:34 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Amanda - A wonderful reminder! We have to make sure that our thoughts are pure also.

Thank you♥

♥♥♥
Sue

 
On May 2, 2011 at 4:50 PM , Prayer Notes by Cynthia said...

Amanda,
We must keep this in mind, minute by minute and day by day. Our thoughts must stay focused on His Kingdom and what He would have us do. If we continuously seek Him, we will not be steered by our own human thoughts. Thank you, for this wonderful and necessary reminder. Cynthia

P.S. I'm so honored to see my bookmark! I hope the words will bring joy and praise to everyone's heart! Many Blessings!

 
On May 2, 2011 at 7:06 PM , myeuropeantouch said...

Mind over matter? Settle your mind on God's word....God will always prevail.

 
On May 2, 2011 at 8:55 PM , Art and Sew Forth said...

I am thinking about this verse:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer. Ps 19:14
I have prayed this so often each morning asking God to allow me to meditate on those things that are worthy.
Such a great post - thank you!

 
On May 3, 2011 at 11:26 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Thank you so much, Amanda. HIS word IS something to think about.

 
On May 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Sherri Ward said...

This is good! Thanks for sharing! One thing that I have found also that really helps in difficult times of temptation is to sing praises, and a little old song many of us remember: Turn your eyes upon Jesus!