Step outside and enjoy the beautiful landscape and regroup your thoughts. I captured this picture while driving home through the country just before sunset.

Weekly Challenge: Guard the content of your thoughts. When an impure thought or negative comment comes to mind, be quick to throw it beneath you. Casting it aside, giving the thought no room to grow.

One of the more difficult challenges of living a righteous life is guarding the content of our thoughts. A thought will come to us, but we can stop the thought from building into an action.

We cannot allow tempting thoughts to infiltrate our mind, allowing our fleshly nature to prevail.

Before any action is taken, there is always a thought. Before we speak or do anything, our mind has had the thought.

Learning to be aware of our thoughts, staying filled up in the Word by prayer and fellowship, can lead to better actions and not giving in to sinful behaviors. The quicker a believer casts out unclean thoughts, the easier it becomes to continue to say no to ugly actions. The thought may be as simple as sharing vulgar or cursed speech to taking part in activities that do not line up with the Word.

A simple rule when deciding to do something like deciding what to watch on the T.V., listen to music, or take part in activities, conversations or functions is to remember: If it isn’t allowed in Heaven, then we should not be doing it on earth. Give no room for the Devil to work in your life by giving in to your thoughts. God has given us all the weapons we need to defeat the enemy and crush Satan under our feet. Conquer the day without fear.

The Good News is even though we are all capable of falling, we don’t have to. We can just as easily be capable of keeping our mind clear and overcoming all things. To do this we must stay filled up through prayer and fellowship.

2 Timothy 2:22

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

James 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?