Thoughts and Actions

By   •   July 9   •   Topics:

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Robert Browning said, “Thought is the soul of the act.” Emerson said, “Thought is the seat of action. The ancestor of every action is thought.” If God destroyed the world once for its continually evil imaginations, is it not reasonable to believe that all of the sin, lust, and licentiousness that is rampant today grieves His heart just as it did in that day? Many people dream of sin, imagine sin, and-if granted the opportunity-would indulge in sin. All they lack is the occasion to sin. So, in the sight of God, they are sinners as great as though they actually had committed immorality. All transgressions begin with sinful thinking.

You who have come to Christ for a pure heart, guard against the pictures of lewdness and sensuality which Satan flashes upon the screen of your imagination, select with care the books you read, choose discerningly the kind of entertainment you attend, the kind of associates with whom you mingle, and the kind of environment in which you place yourself. You should no more allow sinful imaginations to accumulate in your mind and soul than you would let garbage collect in your living room.

We’re all tempted, but we don’t have to give in. Here are a few ways to stay strong.

Prayer for the day

I need my thoughts to be continually purified by the cleansing power of Your Spirit, Almighty God.

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  1. Reuben Mwenya says:

    wonderful message

  2. Somberlyn Williams says:

    Just as you say, you have to watch what you feed your mind, and we have been fed things we didn’t know we were fed therefore. I have thought things I would never do or thoughts that weren’t mine but what I was told.

  3. MarkC says:

    Observe the perfect, and see the upright,
    For the latter end of each [is] peace.

    Psalm 37 (YLT)