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Day 17 - A Pure Thought Life?

More considerations and keys to building a pure thought life.

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Day 17
A Pure Thought Life?

Is it possible for a man to have a pure thought life? Yes, but it will be a battle. We must realize that we must address spiritual matters using spiritual tools.

1. We must recognize who we are. Our heart is who we are. It dictates how we deal with our thoughts.

“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” - Proverbs 4:20-4:23 (NIV)
We live out of our heart. What we allow into our heart will alter the course of our lives.

Q: What do you allow into your heart?
Q: How does what’s in your heart express itself in your life?

Ear Gate and Eye Gate

We must pay attention and guard what we see and hear. Our eyes and ears are gates to our heart. Are what you watch and hear creating things in your thought life? Are they triggering emotions inside you that create fantasy or desires that are not pure?

Music is the only medium that does not need permission to lodge itself in your brain.

“Jesus called the crowd to him and said, ‘Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them... But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts- murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defiles a person.” - Matthew 15:10-11, 18-20 (NIV)
2. Guard your heart. Realize and recognize what we allow into our hearts. Think and concentrate on that which is good.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” - Philippians 4:8
In your thought life, begin to change the way you think by asking and meditating on the following:

Q: What is true? (About you, your life, goals, dreams, etc.)
Q: What is noble? (About you, your passions in life, etc.)
Q: What is right? (About you, your thought life, actions, etc.)
Q: What is pure? (About you, your thoughts, entertainments, relationships, etc.)
Q: What is lovely? (About you, your life, etc.)
Q: What is admirable? (About you, your relationships, etc.)
Q: What is excellent? (About you, your passions and desires, etc.)
Q: What is praiseworthy? (About you, your life, etc.)

The challenge is to now think on these things, not the former things that were impure and destructive.

3. Peace is a weapon. Peace is actually a powerful weapon that Jesus gives us in order to protect what flows into and out of our hearts.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
Q: Do you have peace in your life?

Peace does not only mean “freedom from war,” but it also means “quiet” or “tranquil.”

Quiet your mind and allow God to speak to you and give you peace.