29Jun

Purity of Thought…

I truly believe that we should strive to attain purity in every aspect of our lives, and this includes even our thoughts. Some may say that you can’t control your thoughts. I believe that, to an extent, we absolutely CAN control our thoughts, because they are directly related to what we put into our minds.

God’s word tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:33 that Bad company corrupts good character. When we surround ourselves with “bad company” (and by this I mean a multitude of worldly things, like music, TV programs, gossips, and other forms of real company), whether we realize it or not, we are corrupted by it. I think it happens slowly, and in small doses. We become more tolerant of things that God does not want us to condone–things like bad language, adultery, fornication, provocative clothing, negativity, etc. Things we see all over the TV these days that God just doesn’t condone as being right.

I had an experience with this a few nights ago. Typically I listen to mostly Christian music, or CD’s and Playlists that I have chosen myself. However, I do have other stations programmed into my radio in my car and if Klove/Air1 has a PSA, or chit-chat, or just isn’t coming in I switch to the other stations. This had happened a few days ago and I woke up in the middle of the night with a not-so-wholesome song stuck in my head! I was so frustrated and was praying for God to take it out of my mind. He did. But, at the same time, I was hit with a conviction that I am the one who put it there. It was what I had filled my mind with.

God views our thoughts as being very important. Jesus says, “whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’” Matthew 15:17-18. It’s not what we put into our mouths that corrupts us (specifically speaking of Jewish laws here). It’s what we put into our minds and hearts that makes us unclean, because they inevitably come out in some way or another, through our thoughts, words, and actions.

Furthermore, Jesus expresses the weight of our thoughts by sharing these words in Matthew 5:27-28, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” I think this makes it clear how important our thoughts are, and how hard we should try to only put positive, Godly things into our minds and hearts. This may mean a change of company sometimes. It may mean a change of TV programs, or a change in the music we listen to, etc. But, I know that I want to work harder to strive toward complete purity in my life, and in my thoughts.

I made this reminder for myself, using Philippians 4:8. These are the things that we should be thinking about. Not worldly, negative things, but Godly and praiseworthy things.

Blessings to everyone this week! Please continue to pray for my uncle (the one who possibly has cancer). About the same time that all happened, his girlfriend went for her first ultrasound and found out that she has complications w/ her pregnancy. They initally gave the baby a 98% chance of dying immediately after he was born and told her she should abort. She refused to do this and things have already been happening and at this point they are saying that the baby will need a kidney transplant, but there is now a 40% chance of his survival. We know God created his little body though and He can fix it!
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If you have any prayer requests, please feel free to leave them for myself and the other wonderful godly women who read this!
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Crystal
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  1. Wonderful food for thought and love what you created out of all of that! Your uncle, his girlfriend and their baby are in my thoughts…

  2. This is something I am constantly working on. I find that the music is a big thing for me. Christian music makes me feel so much better and keeps my mind on things above.I love your Philippians sign.Will be praying for your uncle, the baby and you and your sweet baby!

  3. Well said! I'm also reminded of 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. " If that doesn't make it clear that we can control our thoughts i don't know what would! :) I pray that my every thought would be obedient to Christ!!!

  4. Oh is this ever a wonderful post!!! So true… and sometimes we are not even aware of that comes out of our mouths!!! Love the inspiration and I will be praying for you and your family!!!!! Little one soon to be here :)

  5. BonnieRose says:

    this is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Well said:)

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