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Summary: This sermon deals with our ability to avoid committing sin.

How To Avoid Sinful Habits or Thoughts

2 Corinthians 10:1-5

1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ--who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.

[2] But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

[3] For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. [4] For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

[5] casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

A little boy was explaining things to his younger sister.

He said, “Jesus’ job was to die for us because we sin. Our job is to sin to make His death all worthwhile.”

When we were children, we sang the following cute little song:

O be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little eyes what you see

There's a Father up above

And He's looking down in love

So, be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little ears what you hear

There's a Father up above

And He's looking down in love

So, be careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little hands what you do

O be careful little hands what you do

There's a Father up above

And He's looking down in love

So, be careful little hands what you do

O be careful little feet where you go

O be careful little feet where you go

There's a Father up above

And He's looking down in love

So, be careful little feet where you go

O be careful little mouth what you say

O be careful little mouth what you say

There's a Father up above

And He's looking down in love

So, be careful little mouth what you say

Look again at 2 Corinthians 10:5

[5] casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

Sin always begins in our minds.

Before we choose to commit a sin, it begins with a thought!

So how are we to fill your mind with the right thoughts?

Verse 4 says, For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

How can we fight this war against wicked thinking?

Here are 5 ways to help us avoid sinful thoughts

which can lead to sinful things.

Point #1. Fill Your Mind With God’s Word

Philippians 4:8 says, Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.

I don’t listen to Country music.

Most of those songs are about getting drunk or sexual sin.

When we pack your minds with songs full of ungodly lyrics

we cannot expect to have pure thoughts.

We need to focus on the pure teaching of the Bible.

Memorize some Bible verses and passages!

Fill your mind with God’s Word.

If you are memorizing and meditating on the Bible

it will begin to push out the ungodly thoughts from the world.

Point #2. Keep Your Mind Clean

Psalm 101:3 says, I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away;It shall not cling to me.

Job 31:1 says, I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?

We must work to keep your minds pure.

The psalmist says he would set no wicked thing before his eyes.

Job covenanted with himself to keep his eyes pure

because he knew men are attracted by what they see.

If we can keep our eyes from seeing things that are wicked

then the likelihood of keeping a pure mind is greater.

Yes, there is a daily battle for your eyes.

We men see lots of attractive women wherever we go.

You ladies see attractive young men.

You may think, “Well, I can’t walk around with a blindfold!”

That’s true, but let me ask you about the things you can control.

What are you watching on TV?

What about the movies you watch or the magazines you read?

I am not just talking about the obviously wicked items.

Guard your eyes from many things on prime-time television.

Yes, it is a battle, but it is a battle

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