Actions we take begin as thoughts in our mind. We see examples of this in the Bible, like David with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11 where an initial thought led to lust, adultery, lies and murder. We are taught as Christians to take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10:5). But how do we do this practically on a daily basis?
- Have you ever said something, done something or reacted in a certain way unlike yourself and wondered, “where did that come from”?
- In Isaiah 59:4, the conception of sin is compared to snake eggs. These eggs are incubated until hatched but if they’re abandoned, they will die. Talk about how sin works in much the same way.
- Do you think it’s harder today to guard your thoughts with the constant influx of information and images right at your fingertips?
- Discuss boundaries you have when it comes to what you watch and listen to?
- In the message, Pastor says, “repent, means to change your mind”. Are there things you need to change your mind about? Consider the way you think about yourself, your relationships and your future.
- There are plenty of things we can STOP doing to help keep our minds pure but what is something you can START doing now?
Making a few changes in our daily routine could lead to big changes in our thoughts. The next time you turn on the T.V., the radio, pick up a book or find yourself in conversation, think about where your thoughts are going.