Satan delights in seeing Christians fulfill their God-given desires and drives in ungodly ways.
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Sincere Believers cannot entertain sensual thoughts
unless they temporarily blot out of their consciousness, the presence of God.
In this final article of a seven-part series on conquering impure thoughts, Dr.
Don Dunlap reminds us that the fear of the Lord is a moment-by-moment awareness
that God is watching and weighing our words, thoughts, actions and attitudes.
He urges us to quickly reject every impure thought.
God informs us in Proverbs 16:6, By the fear of the Lord,
men depart from evil.
The eighth principle for conquering impure thoughts
states: Christians must learn to live in the fear of God.
A Christian must willfully ignore Gods presence in order to
think impure thoughts.
A sincere Christian cannot entertain sensual thoughts
unless he temporarily blots out of his consciousness the presence of God. If we
truly believed that God evaluates every one of our thoughts, we would quickly
reject those that are impure.
This is precisely what the fear of the Lord isthe
moment-by-moment awareness that God is watching and weighing every one of our
words, thoughts, actions and attitudes.
The writer of Proverbs 15:3 reminds us of Gods presence,
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil
and the good.
The words of Proverbs 5:21 reinforce this truth,
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, He
ponders all his goings.
If someone we know entertains impure thoughts toward us,
that knowledge sinfully influences our own thoughts. We further fortify our
minds against harboring impure thoughts when we project to other people an
awareness that the Holy Spirit lives within us.
One woman, for example, was discouraged because she was making
very little progress in overcoming impure thoughts. She was unaware, however,
that her immodest clothing had prompted impure thoughts toward her in the minds
of men who saw her.
When she changed her style of dress and asked forgiveness
of the people whom she had defrauded, she made significant progress in her
People often flirt or communicate sensuality with their eyes
and their facial expressions.
When someone has a pure heart and a godly countenance, he
or she projects to those people around him or her, an awareness of Gods
presence. This results in a wall of protection and restraint.
The ninth step toward achieving a pure thought life is to
learn Gods limitation to curiosity. Undisciplined curiosity is one of the most
common ways that we sabotage ourselves in the war against impure thoughts.
In Romans 16:19, the Apostle Paul explains that we must be
wise unto that which is good and simple concerning evil. God never intended
us to learn evil by doing evil. He desires, instead, that we discern evil with
our minds and spirits, and that we flee temptation. We read these instructions
in 1 John 4:1, Try the spirits whether they are of God.
The more we become mighty in Gods Spirit, the more
ability we gain to discern evil. In Galatians 5:17 we learn that we cannot
become mighty in spirit until we conquer impure thoughts,
For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the
Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in
conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
In order to apply this verse practically to our lives, we must
remove from our homes a host of books, magazines, television programs and
discussions that are unwholesome and ungodly.
Satan delights in seeing Christians fulfill God-given drives
in ungodly ways.
The tenth principle states: We must use sensual thoughts
as a springboard to gain spiritual insights. Every temptation we face is based
on a legitimate human need. Satan prompts us to fulfill these needs in his way.
Yet, God calls us to give Him every need or expectation, and trust Him to
fulfill it in His timing and in His way.
Impure thoughts that enter our minds become sin when we
nurse them and dwell upon them. When we expose each sensual thought to the Lord
and ask Him for strength to resist the temptation, He will transform our
ungodly desires into spiritual power.