Transforming Your Mind: From Pornography to God's Word

Renewing Your Mind Through God

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/19/2023

Transforming Your Mind: From Pornography to God's Word

Be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:23–24

In today's world, where distractions seem to be everywhere, it's crucial to take a moment to think about how we are using our minds. Are we filling our thoughts with the teachings of God, which can enrich our inner selves, or are we spending too much time on things that don't really matter? In simpler terms, are we feeding our souls or just satisfying our physical desires with things that won't bring lasting satisfaction?

Let's ponder some significant questions related to the above; God has given us the power of freewill to use our minds for His glory. Are we utilizing this gift as Jesus did, or are we squandering it on ungodly desires? Are we aware of the warnings in the Bible about using our bodies in ungodly ways? If addiction to impure thoughts hinders love, self-control, and peace in our lives, what steps can we take to break free?

Let's explore a compelling story from the Bible: the story of Joseph found in Genesis 39. Joseph's life was marked by a remarkable challenge, he faced strong temptations and enormous pressure to compromise his moral integrity. However, Joseph chose to stay faithful to God and maintain his commitment to righteous living. His unwavering dedication serves as an inspiring example of triumph over impure thoughts and actions.

In the New Testament, Romans 12:2 encourages us, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." In the Old Testament, Psalm 119:11 says, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

When we examine the teachings of the Bible, we can observe that persistent indulgence in impure thoughts can have negative consequences. It can cause us to experience fear, anger, and a lack of self-control. This goes against the qualities that are considered as fruits of the Holy Spirit, as described in Galatians 5:22-23. This passage underscores the contrast between living in impurity and experiencing the presence of God in our lives. It serves as a reminder that our thoughts and actions should align with the Spirit's guidance for a life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

As followers of Christ, we are called to be beacons of light. We can break free from the chains of addiction through the power of Christ. Romans 6:6 states, "For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin."

We must teach our children and future generations the importance of aligning their minds with the Bible rather than succumbing to worldly desires. Proverbs 22:6 reminds us to "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it."

Remember, the Bible warns against using our bodies in sinful ways in multiple verses, including 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, which states, "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies". In Matthew 5:28 it is written, "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Jesus warns against the sinful nature of harboring impure thoughts and desires. In Romans 13:14 it highlights the importance of living in accordance with God's will and avoiding sinful behavior. It states: "Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh."

What we have learned is that we see can shape our minds. The more we entertain impure thoughts, the stronger those influences become. But remember, we are not helpless. These impure thoughts are not all-powerful. God is ultimate, and He's given us spiritual tools as potent as what we see. He wants us to focus on Him – frequently and deeply (2 Corinthians 3:18; 4:4). Moreover, it's important to understand that God's Word and His Spirit have the power to change the way these influences affect us. In the end, God can take what captures our attention and turn it into a profound and joyful understanding of Christ. This means that our focus can shift from worldly distractions to a deeper relationship with Him.

By the power of Holy Spirit, daily Bible study, prayer, fasting, and church fellowship are essential in renewing our minds and guarding against impure thoughts. They empower us to align with God's values, seek His strength, and find support in our faith community. Together, these elements create a strong foundation for renewing our minds and protecting ourselves from the harm caused by impure thoughts. They help us live in accordance with God's plan for our lives.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we come before you, acknowledging our struggles and weaknesses. We seek your strength and guidance in transforming our minds from impurity to righteousness. Help us break free from the chains that bind us, filling our hearts with your love, self-control, and peace. May we be beacons of your light in a world clouded by darkness. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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