All thoughts come laced with our motives. Our motives come from what we believe from the myriad experiences in our lives. We tend to blame things on our past, others, or our own sinful choices. The ‘blame’ is rooted in sin. When we accepted the Lord as our personal Savior, we were indwelt by the Spirit of truth.
In John 14:16=17, Jesus gave a promise. It says, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
Does that truth mean that we will never sin again? Paul addressed that question in Romans 6. Verse 1–2 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
When did we die to sin? Verse 4 says, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” At salvation we died to sin. That is our standing. Jude verse 24 says, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”
Our state is another matter. We must die to the fleshly pull of sin’s lure. Romans 8:13 says, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
How then shall we live? Paul’s way to live was stated in Galatians 2:20. It says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Then he further stated a truth that we can stand in.
Verse 21 says, “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” How do we ‘set aside grace’ but through living in the pride of our flesh. James 4:6 says, “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
How do we live in humility? It is through our thoughts. At any given moment in our lives, we can stop and think about what we are thinking. All thoughts precede our actions. We do not act except from a thought. It seems simple then to just control our thoughts. Nothing about resisting sin is by rote. It takes concerted effort to keep our thoughts stayed on the Lord.
If for a moment you allow your thoughts to roam where do they go? Romans 6:11 says, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Dead things have no ability to respond. Being dead to sin is our standing, but keeping our thoughts in that truth is a fight. The battleground is our mind.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. How do we do that? It depends on what we have programmed into our mind through what we believe about ourselves. Do we live by the gospel? 1 Corinthians 1:18 says that the message of the cross is the power of God. That is the power that we need to live in daily in order to remain free from sin’s lures.