Read Proverbs 4:23
Depending on the translation of this verse you read, it says something about how your heart determines the course of your life. However, I believe the exact same thing can be said of our minds. If we live with a mind that we allow to wander without guidance or direction, our future could end up far from where we want it, and more importantly, far from where God wants it. We must guard our mind because every thought we have and every image that pops into it, however insignificant it may seem, has a huge impact on our future.
Do you have a “God given dream”? If so, what is it?
2 Corinthians 10:5 talks about how we must take every thought captive, or rather control every thought, and make it align with the Word of God. The Enemy is constantly fighting for control over our thoughts and, ultimately, our future. If we let him, he will dash our dreams and ruin the future that Jesus gave His life for us to have. If you do have a dream or goal that God has placed on your heart, this is all the more important. If we are not careful, Satan will continually place temptation in our path that, if we give in to, will ruin our ability to achieve that dream or goal.
Read Philippians 4:8
While you also discussed this verse in small group this week, it is absolutely critical to take every word of it to heart. If we don’t live our lives aligned with what this verse says, we are opening our hearts and minds to the temptation of Satan. If our every thought revolves around gossip and impurity, we are leaving the door open for the Enemy. We should live our lives in a way that we wouldn’t be worried if others could hear every thought that goes through our head. Jesus said that dwelling on sin is just the same as if you were to actually commit it. As Pastor Chris says, we need to P48 everything that enters our minds. If it doesn’t match up with this verse, we need to immediately throw it out of our thoughts.
Is there something that you just can’t seem to stop thinking about, even though you know that it’s wrong?
At some point, we’ve probably all struggled with something that we know doesn’t align with the Word of God, but that temptation is so strong that we just can’t seem to get it out of our heads. You are not the only one to struggle with temptation, even Jesus was tempted by the Devil. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that we all face the same type of temptations. Odds are, somebody in your small group is probably going through the same thing right now, or has dealt with it in the past. The Bible says that two are stronger than one, so consider bringing up whatever you’re struggling with, because someone else probably is dealing with the same thing, but may not want to admit it. Prayer is also a strong tool in our arsenal against the Enemy. Pray for strength to not give in, as well as to push the temptation away.
As a sidenote, if you feel like you are constantly being bombarded with temptations, odds are, you’re probably doing something right. If you are living your life for Christ, Satan sees you as a threat to his kingdom. He doesn’t need to worry about people who aren’t living a Christ-like life because he already has them in his grip. If you’re really struggling with temptation, continue to press on, and if you slip up, don’t get discouraged. Continue being a witness to your lost friends and family, and continue to have an impact at your school, workplace, and home.