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Overcome Sinful Thoughts

How do christians overcome sinful thoughts?

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 ---Bill on 1/28/10
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Bill, in this flesh we will never be able to conquer every sin within us. Not in this life, the reason this flesh will die. In this life, we are been change through sanctification by the Holy Spirit. It is a life long process. Though our sins have been forgiven, we continue to struggle with sin as Paul indicated.
The more we walk in the Spirit the less we sin. The more we listen to God's word the less we listen to the world.
---Mark_V. on 11/22/12

One of the biggest aids to my struggle with sin was when I finally embraced the truth of the new creation in Christ.

All who believe Paul's message are part of the new humanity, the new man in KJV. We are being formed by God Himself.

As we reckon ourselves freed from sin's consequences by being crucified with Christ, baptized into His death, He is able to bring Life to dead vessels.

Though I cannot observe this, I believe it, regardless. Nothing can condemn me, He is working all together for good, and it is Him that is working both to will and to do of His delight in me.

Nothing will separate us from this new man, not our sins, not death, not angels, nothing.
---Phil on 11/20/12

It's easy. Keep your eyes on Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. When our strength is the Lord's and we keep our eyes on Him, we have victory by His blood on the cross and by speaking it out with our mouth. When your faith is on Jesus and not on yourself you won't fall into sin.
---Edward on 11/19/12

How do christians overcome sinful thoughts?
---Bill on 1/28/10
1 John 3:4 sin is the transgression of the law.

James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

So sin starts as a thought.

Romans 8:7 The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Psalms 1:2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
---francis on 11/15/12

How do christians overcome sinful thoughts?
---Bill on 1/28/10

Ephesians 4:23 be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying,

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more:

Here is how you practically do this:
Psalms 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditate day and night

Spend time meditating on the Law of God and the holiness of the Law of God. And know that any deviation from the law is sin, and sin starts with a thought.
Think also of what your sin the violation of the law has cost God through his son Jesus
---francis on 11/15/12

Suggestions from The Apostle Paul,Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.1st Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
---JMarc on 11/15/12

It is a problem! More for some than others. You have to work. Don't get slothful. Don't dwell. It's not a sin to be tempted. It is a sin to allow yourselves to dwell, meditate on your sinful thoughts. Can lead to action.
---pat on 11/14/12

Family, good and wonderful. posts given by those who preceeding me.Believe also, takes diligence and sincere study delve into the word with a vengence like yes!.driven to.over come / defeat your vocabulary. cast out evil thoughts like I pray immediately and now Iam home alot reading bible listen good preaching.thank god. Amen.
---ELENA on 11/14/12

I read an analogy about taming our thought life - you can't prevent birds from flying over your head, but you can sure stop them from making a nest in your hair. Sometimes angry, lustful or rebellious thoughts will pop up, because from the day we trust Christ until the day we die, we're in a war. The devil will do all he can to try and keep us in a state of guilt and self-recrimination. I have some awful thoughts pop into my head sometime. And when they do, before they become full-fledged fantasies or I begin to experience the emotions that come with the thought, I actually visualize grabbing the thought and taking it to the Cross of Christ, handing it to Jesus and thanking Him for taking it, and asking Him to help me think His thoughts.
---Barbara on 3/25/10

The only way to overcome sinful thoughts is to meditate on the word of God day and night. God told Joshua to meditate on His word day and night then he will be sucessful and prosperous. Meditate is reading, listening, singing, praising, praying and speaking the word. It is like a farm, if it gets neglected it will only bear weeds. If it gets cultivated it will bear fruits of the seeds planted. Cultivate your mind with the word of God and it will bear Godly thoughts. Also read Psalm 1
---patra8793 on 1/31/10

There was this certian man who had a glass of strong liquor filled up to the brim sitting in front of him. He then took a large pitcher of water and began pouring it into the glass. The liquor soon became diluted to the point where only water filled the glass.

The liquor are the evil thoughts before you became a christian. The water is the Living Water of the Word of God. As you grow in christ, your evil thoughts slowly become Living Waters.

Keep reading and meditating on God's Word. And when an evil thought does enter your mind, replace it with God's Word.
---Steveng on 1/30/10

You cannot run from your thoughts. They are always there. All of your are inundated with words every day and those words trigger many other thoughts.

Proverbs 16:3
Proverbs 30:32
Isaiah 66:18
Jeremiah 29:11
Ezekiel 38:10
2 Corinthians 10:5

Replace an evil thought with a godly thought.
---Steveng on 1/30/10

JOSEF, I couldn't have expressed it better.
---ashle7439 on 1/30/10

To overcome sinful thoughts, read and study (meditate) on the Word of God (Bible) day and night. Speak Bible verses out loud until they get into your spirit. This renews your mind the Bible says.
---Leslie on 1/29/10

I asked a similar question once concerning sinful memories. I heard Charles Stanley teach in regards to this subject. I'm inclined to believe him and consider him to be an excellent pastor and teacher. In summary he said something like "when we are born again we are to renew, transform, regenerate, etc.. our minds to do away with the old nature and conform to our new nature. He referred to our sub-conscious memories of our past and indicated that those memories remain forever. Things happen to trigger those memories which are beyond our control. Our old sinful nature/flesh are responsible for current sinful thoughts. When it happens to me I thank God for his forgiveness and pray for Him to help me overcome those memories/thoughts.
---Bob on 1/29/10

Would you like a really practical way to overcome sinful thoughts? I taught this at a bible study and everyone tried it and liked the idea.

The bible tells us to: Take every thought captive. Cluny could probably gives us a good understanding of what this scripture means. This is how I overcame.

As soon as the thought entered my mind, I would, in my mind, take a black whip and swing it at the throught I was having and say, In the name of Jesus, I command you to GO in Jesus name. I repeated it until the thoughts went. Then I filled myself up, memorizing God's word such as, "I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus." Renew your mind with the word and you will be able to overcome sinful thoughts.
---Donna on 1/29/10

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Focus on the Father's word and allow that word to transform through a renewing of the mind, habitually reject any thought that hinders that renewal process. Refuse to express in word, any thought that exalts itself above or against the knowledge of God.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report, if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things." Phil.4:8
The chosen are empowered to overcome " because greater is He that is in [us], than he that is in the world." By faith we are more than conquers.
---Josef on 1/29/10

Do not have thoughts about....."THOUGHTS".

Do not think about.....INSECTS (oops, you probably did).

The fact is that you will THINK about what you want to AVOID. Don't let satan convince you that you must persecute yourself for this.

Satan will use your 'psyche' (it's part of "the flesh", the mortal body/weakness) to make you think that God is going to abandon/withdraw from you. It is a trick/deception.

A person becomes satan's 'target' when they're getting too close to The Lord for satan's comfort.

You have no need to pay attention to satan.

Satan HAS NO HOLD on a righteous man.

Be righteous. The devil will always be in this world, but he will have no HOLD on a righteous man.
---more_excellent_way on 1/29/10

we overcome thru the spirit because of what christ has done.Jesus defeated sin and death,and by his power we can overcome all.
---tom2 on 1/29/10

Jesus explained the whole concept with his statement about taking up your cross DAILY. crucifying the flesh DAILY,AND again,by his power,what he has done we are able to do it.Without him you are just another lost sinner satisfying the desires of the flesh.
---tom2 on 1/29/10

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Amen Cluny! Elder Ephraim, the former abbot of the Holy Monastery of Philotheou wrote this:

"When you have carnal warfare, be very careful with filthy fantasies [...]Stop and expel fantasies as soon as they come. Immediately say the prayer ["Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy one me, [a sinner]"] with pain of soul and at once you will be delivered from warfare" (pg 166, Counsels From the Holy Mountain)

"Make sure that your daytime work does not rob you of oral prayer, cry out supremely glorious and sweet name of Jesus, and it will not be long before He comes to help and console you" (pg 268).

The Holy Monks advise us to say the Jesus Prayer when temptations arises.

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 1/28/10

In my case there are the pain and pleasure thoughts, of paranoid criticizing and imagining wrong pleasures. If I care about people, instead of criticizing them or imagining how I might just *use* someone, this helps. Also, start each day fresh with God, not to let those thoughts of yesterday's things take me right over and demand my *attention* away from God. First wait for however God gets me quiet in His peace, then see there He takes my *attention* in His peace (Colossians 3:15). There are responsibilities, dreams, issues, problems with people, hurts, desires, and plans that can come to mind and shut us in like we're in a shell. We need to break out into the fresh air of God's love and enjoy discovering all the other little chickies (c:
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/28/10

Practice, prayer, and struggle.

And God's grace.
---Cluny on 1/28/10

Bible says to take "every thought into captivity of the obedience of Jesus Christ". To me, that means that we can have some amnt of victory in our thought lives if we can just catch the offensive thought and confess it to Jesus and ask for His help. You are not alone by any means in this problem. All temptation is common to man. Please know that God loves you and can forgive you and can help you with this. Set your mind on things above and pray,pray,pray.
---jody on 1/28/10

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