"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."
Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
James 3:16-17 - 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
What happens when our minds are filled with jealousy and selfish ambition (vs. 16)?
In contrast, what are the characteristics of wisdom from above (vs. 17)?
It seems like everywhere we turn, our minds are exposed to impure images, words, movies and media. These trigger sinful passions which have the power to destroy us. So, what can we do?
James 4:8 - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me
Apply God’s Word to your life:
- Draw near to God.
- Capture and confess your impure thoughts.
- Ask Him to create in you a clean heart and a clean mind.
- Remove the sources of impurity from your life.
- Focus on what is pure, good and clean.
Father, I praise You that You are pure. Forgive me for the evil and impure thoughts and the ungodly passions that they fuel. Create in me a clean heart, one that is pure, peaceable and full of joy. Help me to disciple my thoughts. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
2 Timothy 2:22 - Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
1 John 3:2-4 - Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Posted on Thu, February 9, 2017
by Sam Petitfils