Tempted by Poor Thoughts: Philippians 4:8

The Temptation: While bad thinking is truly a root to all sin, there are some sins we commit that are typically stewed over longer than others. For some men, their addiction to pornography is enabled by the fact that they cannot get their minds on the things of God. For some women, their lack of respect for their husband is amplified by the consistent practice in our culture to mock and deride our spouses, particularly acceptable when the wife is making jokes about her husband. For teenagers, lack of understanding often turns into lack of respect and obedience for the authorities given to us by God. Poor thoughts are one of the enemy’s favorite tools used in building platforms for future spiritual battles he will wage against man to keep him from honoring the Lord.

The Passage: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 [ESV] (Click for: NASB / KJV / NIV)

The Examples:

A man’s poor thoughts – That show isn’t smutty, is just mature and racy. What’s wrong with that? (Think on whatever is honorable!)

A woman’s poor thoughts – Missy isn’t alone. My husband isn’t any more considerate than her’s is. (Think on whatever is commendable!)

A teen’s poor thoughts – I really don’t need to do my homework, that teacher has plenty of ways to make up the points I’ll lose. (Think on what is excellent!)

The Challenge: No one thinks purely all the time, this is proven by the presence of sin in everyone’s life. However, God does want you and I to grow in our obedience to His ways. That will require a change to our fallen thinking habits. I’m glad God’s word reminds us on how to make progress on defeating our poor thinking!

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