July 27, 2017

How to Cure Sinful Thoughts

What is God's prescription for fighting sinful thoughts? It starts with knowing Him -- and His Word -- intimately, and ends with obeying Him fully and faithfully. It includes learning to see things (i.e., sin) how He sees them, and responding to them how He responds; rejecting what He rejects; and pursuing hard after what He loves and glories in. (Read the longer answer here.) But sometimes that's easier said than done! It's easy to quote Philippians 4:8, but hard to let it rule over sinful thoughts on a moment-by-moment basis. It's easy to say "obey God" but hard to do in the day-to-day moments when we're tempted by selfish desires. It's easy to say "avoid temptation" but hard to do when [...Read More]


God’s Prescription for Fighting Sinful Thoughts

Say the words "thought life" and one of the first verses that comes to most of our minds is Philippians 4:8. Even if you can't quote it perfectly, you likely can recall a handful of the adjectives used. (Hint: they include true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praise-worthy.) If asked, I'm sure you could explain what most of those words mean, and give examples of what they describe. For instance: the word true means the opposite of something that's false, and includes things like the promises of God's Word and "what is" rather than "what if's." The word honorable conveys the idea of being noble and good, respectable and upright; it describes things God's [...Read More]


Separation

Separation is a controversial word these days. There's all this hubbub about being tolerant, and accepting people where they are. Everyone clamors for more love, more grace, more liberty. But God says something different. Do you realize that His Word quite clearly tells us to separate from sin? That God commands us to distance ourselves from unholy pursuits and unrighteous people? That it labels those who are friends of the world as God's enemies? Scripture is quite clear on this, and anyone who disagrees is living in unbelief. Because if God's Word is true, then all of it is true. It cannot contain both truth and falsehood. It cannot be both pure and impure. It is all true, and thus all [...Read More]