Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Twenty Days of Prayer: Day 1

First Category (Sins of Thought)

On this journey we must begin with cleansing of the heart and mind. According to Scripture, sin begins in the heart and mind (Matthew 15.19). Until your thoughts and attitudes are under God’s control, you will never know the fullness of life in Christ.

It is no accident that Satan frequently targets our minds with inappropriate, sinful thoughts. The devil knows if he can develop strongholds in our thinking, he will easily lead us into sin and separation from God’s power. In Proverbs 23.7. God reveals the enormous importance of fully surrendering our minds to Christ.

Questions for Reflection:

Do you have nagging doubts about whether you have been saved? Do you often sense God speaking to you heart or does that idea seem foreign to you? Do you have a personal relationship with Christ or do you just know facts about Him? Can you remember a time you were deeply convicted of your lostness? Can you remember a time when you truly turned from sin and personally surrendered your life to Jesus? When you made your profession of faith, did you experience a noticeable change in your life? Do you have absolute peace that you are forgiven and going to heaven? Do you have a significant desire for Bible reading and prayer? Do you have a longing to be in church and with God’s people?

If you honestly answered no to any of the above questions, it is essential that you stop now and settle your relationship with Christ.

Scripture

2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

Questions for Reflection:

Carefully and honestly reflect on the type of thoughts that occupy your mind. Is your mind filled with thoughts of Christ or consumed with earthly issues? Do you think far moe about work and recreation than spiritual growth and serving Christ? Are you often filled with unclean thoughts? Are you plagued with fearful or angry thoughts? Write down any sinful thought patterns God brings to you attention? For each one, ask God’s forgiveness and trust Him to renew your mind. Resolve to take every thought captive to the Lordship of Christ.

Scripture

Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Questions for Reflection:

Do lustful, unclean thoughts frequently occupy your mind? Do you watch programs or movies that stimulate improper thoughts and feelings? Do you have thoughts you would be ashamed for others to know?

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October 13, 2009 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, family, God, Jesus, New Testament, Prayer, relationship, Religon, Theology

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