CHANGE YOUR THINKING

For Fapstronauts who are disciples of Christ

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    We are told to set our minds on things above not on earthly things. We do this by letting the Words of Christ richly dwell in us.

    To change our thinking we need to consistently be focusing on both important and new Christian principles. We focus and think about our list of great verses for fighting porn and we add a new idea: To “Rejoice in the Lord always.”

    Today I am thinking about my new projected habit of being content and I am dwelling on increasing in wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 says "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

    Today I am thinking about and practicing my new habit of praising God all the time and I am dwelling on something new from the Bible – 1 Peter 1:13 Which tells us to “Prepare your mind for actions.”

    Today I am thinking about and practicing my new habit of giving thanks and dwelling on a goal of purity.

    So, we should focus on the Bible, but do we have to focus on it 24 hours a day?

    Philippians 4:8 -
    "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

    We don't focus on the Bible always but all of our thoughts should square up (line up) with the Bible. Whatever falls short of this grid is unacceptable.

    It is wise to take any and all means necessary to change our thinking. Notebooks, Google files, sticky notes, 3 by 5 cards. We need reminders of what we should be thinking about in the locations where we are tempted. You may need to develop a code if you don't want others knowing what all those notes are about.

    Over time you become what you think about. Change your thinking and change your life.
     
  2. Good word. Thanks, brother.
     
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    2 Timothy 2:22 ESV

    So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

    Flee means, “Don't do it, and run with all your might.” Flee means you are blocking the TV screen with one hand while you forward fast with the other. Flee means, you drop everything and run to scripture when tempting thoughts keep harassing you.

    There should not be one minute in the day where we are not completely ready to flee.

    But many try this but fail to pursue righteousness. Righteousness is important because sin almost always leads back to our main addiction. A focus on righteousness brings us into the light. We can fight addiction in the light.

    So flee and then pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
     
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    Daniel from the Bible was like Joseph – he was determined to fight sin always.

    Got questions at iblp said: “However, you must choose to walk in that victory. Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8). Every believer needs to make that decision as well. God promises, If from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).”

    Daniel was determined to think right and live right. To increase your determination to do that, set an alarm every hour and say, “My plan is to think right and live right today.”

    When you get home from work or school, be like Daniel – seek the Lord in prayer.


    Iblp continues: “In the war against impure thoughts, you may lose some battles. These losses should only increase your determination to win the war. If you expect to win the war without ever losing a battle, you will become discouraged.

    God can redeem each defeat by revealing the root cause of each failure. Ask Him for wisdom and help as you discern the root causes of your impure thoughts and actions.

    Keep these truths in mind:

    • You will never face a temptation that is impossible to overcome. (See I Corinthians 10:13.)

      The Bible says that “By the fear of the LORD men depart from evil” (Proverbs 16:6). One aspect of having a proper fear of the Lord is a moment-by-moment awareness that God is watching and weighing every one of our words, thoughts, actions, and attitudes.
    A sincere Christian cannot enjoy sensual thoughts unless he temporarily blots the presence of a Holy God from his consciousness. If you walk in the fear of the Lord and consequently realize that God is evaluating every one of your thoughts (and He is), it will help you quickly reject impure thoughts.”


    • Memorize Proverbs 16:6 “By the fear of the LORD men depart from evil”

      Then pray: “Father, help me to fear You so that I can depart from evil.”
     
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    You don’t recover from an addiction by temporally stopping. You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to stop. If you don’t create a new life, then all the factors that brought you to your addiction will eventually catch up with you again.

    The following strategies can help you approach troubling situations positively.

    • De-catastrophize. Do not overreact to events. Ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? How likely is it that the worst will happen? What can I do even if the worst happens?

    • Use hopeful statements. Be kind and encourage yourself. Pessimism (always thinking the worst) can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Tell yourself: Even though it is tough, I can handle this situation. I can change.

    • Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, but they are not permanent reflections of you as a person. You can learn from your mistakes.

    • Stay on task. Focus on what you need to do. Taking action will make you feel better.

    • Focus on progress. Focus on the positive changes in your life. For example, what has gone well recently? What do you like about yourself? What personal skills have helped you cope with challenging situations in the past? If you find it difficult to cope with troubling situations, do not get discouraged. Instead, consider them a challenge or sign to practice new, realistic thinking patterns.

    Challenging Distorted (Addictive) Thoughts

    This four-step process can help you assess your addictive thinking and learn how to create a new recovery belief system.
    1. Listen to your thoughts. What are you saying to yourself?

    2. Identify the addictive thought

    3. Challenge the addictive thought

    4. Replace the addictive thought with a recovery belief — a more realistic and accurate self-talk statement. For example, consider the self-talk statement, “I can look for a bit.” Ask yourself: 1. What am I thinking? 2. Is this a distortion? Yes, it’s an addictive belief. 3. Is it true? No, it’s not.

      A new recovery belief: I can’t look at all. If I do look, I’ll keep looking, so I won’t look. I can cope without looking. My week will be way better if I don't look.

    5. Pray: “Father, help me to change my thought patterns. Give me the faith to believe what you say.”
     
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    Today I am thinking about believing the Bible. Believing that every command is good to follow. Believing that God knows exactly what is best for me.

    Proverbs 28:9 ESV
    “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”

    After David repented he always wanted to hear the law, and the law changed his thinking back to the way it was when things were good.

    The Bible says that “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.”

    Memorize this verse. When we focus on this verse our prayers start to gain in power.


    God's ways are always best. When we focus on Jesus we can stay in the light. The more we hear the Word, the easier it is to live the Word. The more we live the Word, the more we get filled. The more we get filled, the easier it is to quit and have a great life.
     
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