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Thinking Godly Thoughts

by Nancy I. Sanders

1.Read 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. Why is it important to maintain control over our thoughts?

2. In Philippians 4:8, Paul encourages, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (NKJV) List 5 benefits of focusing our thoughts on godly things.

3. We cannot stop Satan from firing an unclean thought across our mind. However, we can choose to stop thinking about something and discipline ourselves to dwell on godly thoughts instead. Read Job 31:1 and Psalm 39:1. Prayerfully write down a commitment to God to learn to better discipline your thought-life.

4. One of the best ways to take a thought captive is to replace it with a godly thought. To do this, some people look at a picture of Jesus, read the Bible or turn on praise music. This helps them think godly thoughts instead. Do you have an activity that helps you control your thoughts? If yes, explain. If not, choose one of these three options to try.

5. Do you have a recurring ungodly thought that plagues you? Pray the following prayer for yourself or anyone else who might be struggling with this.

Dear God, thank You for your Holy Spirit who dwells inside me. Please grow the fruit of self-control in my life. Teach me how to take captive every thought. In the name of Jesus, I rebuke Satan and command him to flee. Lord, fill my thoughts instead with Scriptures and godly images. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

6. Is there a certain time of day, a certain place you go to, or a certain show you watch that you find yourself more easily tempted to dwell on sinful thoughts? If yes, how can you alter your lifestyle to minimize these opportunities for temptation?

7. When we spend time reading the Bible every day, it nourishes our mind and gives us new things to think about. If you don’t already, start reading at least one Scripture verse every day. Think about what you read throughout the day. How can this help you maintain godly thoughts?

8. Do you have favorite Scripture verses that encourage you? List some of them here. If possible, write them on index cards and place them in your home or office where you can easily read them.

9. How will your relationship with others improve as you learn to dwell on godly thoughts? How will your relationship with God grow stronger?

10. After completing this study, what advice could you give to someone who struggles to control the thoughts they think?