As a result, their minds became dark and confused. (Romans 1:20-21 NLT)
And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. (Romans 2:16 NLT)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8 NIV)
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5 NKJV)
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34 NKJV)
Test or Temptation?
Greek: Peirasmos (pi-ras-mos’)
1. An experiment, attempt, trial, proving
a). The trial of man’s fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy
b). The temptation of Jesus in the desert by the devil.
“Seeing” vs. “Looking”
When do my thoughts get me into trouble?
• When I revisit them.
• When I dwell on them.
• When I act on them.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? (Matthew 6:25 NIV)
You have searched me, Lord,and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:1-2, 23-24 NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2 NIV)
And we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
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. (Philppians 4:8 NIV)
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. (Psalm 119:9 NIV)
We need each other.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (James 5:16 NIV)
But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV)
I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12 NIV)
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT)
Jesus: the great High Priest…my savior, and my friend!