After over 65 years of ministry, we have developed the top 27 questions people ask us so we would like to share these questions each week for our weekly blog and share the answers as a resource for you all to use in your ministry, churches, and family.
Top ? #10 How Can I Purify My Thoughts?
Answer: The best way to keep our thoughts pure is to meditate on the Word of God and on those things which are uplifting and positive.
For many Christians, the greatest struggle in their spiritual life is not overt sinful behavior, but rather controlling their thoughts which cause them to have attitudes contrary to God’s will. The Lord Jesus taught that sinful behavior originates from within us, i.e. our thought life (Mark 7:20-23). Our minds are the breeding ground of all manner of sinful behavior. Therefore, the first step to living a life which brings honor and glory to God is to cleanse our thinking of all thoughts that do not conform with the thoughts of God.
The Bible calls this cleansing of our thought life the “renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:1-2). This process of renewal is necessary before we can know and do the will of God. The Scriptures speak often of the power of God’s Word to give a person strength to resist evil and purify his life so as to conform to the Lord’s will. A passage with some of the most familiar verses regarding the importance of the Word of God as a guide to righteousness is Psalm 119. Some well-known verses include the following;
Verse 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
Verse 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Verse 28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
Verse 104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
Verse 105 Your word is a lamp to feet and light to my path.
In Jeremiah 23:29 God’s word is described as a fire and hammer. These are metaphors for the power of God’s word to destroy the evil in our lives. This was illustrated when the Lord Jesus was tempted to sin by Satan. In each situation, he responded with Scripture passages.
One of the most direct commands we have regarding our thoughts is found in Philippians 4:8 which says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
Another important passage about the importance of the Word of God in renewing our minds is Colossians 3:16; “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
Thus we see that if we desire to have pure thoughts we must empty our minds of those things that cause us to think on evil and replace them with the thoughts of God as we have them revealed to us in the Bible.
Please read the following verses: 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 4:21-24; Colossians 3:10; 2 Peter 3:1.
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God bless you!
Pastor Dwight Anderson