Let's continue your journey by examining other key areas of thought.
2 Corinthians 10:5 - "Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
Questions for Reflection: Carefully and honestly reflect on the type of thoughts that occupy your mind. Is your mind filled with thoughts of Christ or consumed with earthly issues? Do you think far more about work or recreation than spiritual growth and serving Christ? Are you often filled with unclean thoughts? Are you plagued with fearful or angry thoughts? Write down any sinful thought pattern God brings to your attention. For each one, ask God's forgiveness and trust Him to renew your mind (Romans 12:2). Resolve to take every thought captive to the Lordship of Christ. What specific thoughts should replace the ones that are worldly?
Matthew 5:28 - "But I say unto you, that whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."
Questions for Reflection: Do lustful, unclean thoughts frequently occupy your mind? Do you watch programs or movies that stimulate improper thoughts and feelings? Are you conscious of unclean thoughts or motives? Do you often have thoughts you would be ashamed for others to know? Do you have wandering eyes?
If you sense God's conviction, be specific in your confession. Decide how you are going to change your thoughts to remove the patterns of sin. Be specific about the thoughts you need to change. It is vital that you replace unclean thoughts with other thoughts that focus on Christ. Memorizing key Scriptures will provide a powerful tool for removing inappropriate thoughts. Every time an unclean thought arises, you can replace it with Scripture and a prayerful focus on God. If you follow this process, you will soon have a brand new mind! (Romans 12:2)
In confessing these particular sins, let us confidently claim the forgiveness and empowerment of the covenant in Christ's blood. We are fully accepted and justified in Him!