Temptation: Dealing With Your Thoughts - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole


Bible Verse: Romans 8:5-6

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace."

Reflect and Respond:

2 Corinthians 10:5 is another verse that gives us a good game plan for temptation and controlling your thoughts: We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. Trust God today to help you in this battle!


Father, may Your thoughts become my thoughts today. I surrender myself to the leading of Your Holy Spirit to control my mind and live according to Your Word. Amen.

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Yes its bad i feel the same way
Thank you for sharing this I need for today, I should be more loving.
And we see you and hear you, Dorothy! Have a wonderful day!
Praying for you, Judith! You are seen!
Praying for you, Leonard! When I have recurring struggle in my life (and trust me, I do!) I confess to someone close to me and establish accountability in that area! I pray that you overcome and draw closer to the Lord!
Amen! Thank you, Patricia!
Holy Spirit give us the wisdom and power to take every thought captive and to guard our hearts for everything we do flows from it. Lord whatever is inside us will spill out. Let it be love, peace, kindness, goodness, patience, joy, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. May we be an aroma pleasing to you, a light in the darkness and the salt of the earth. We love you Jesus. You’re our role model. 🙏🙏
Like Paul said when he seeks to do good evil present itself...that's it when we want to do the right thing we end up doing the opposite....Lord help us to do the right thing by bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.....so let it be.....and so shall it be in Jesus name amen.
I have this one temptation that I cannot seem to stop. I've asked God to take it away, and yet I continue to do it. I've prayed, faste, meditation on particular verses, stay busy in church and the community. I don't know what else to do!!! I can beat the flesh down when it comes to this particular temptation 1 out of 3 times, but this strong hold has had it's grips on me for 35 years.
Thank you Arnie for sharing that that is just what I need today thank you Lord Jesus
Thank You Jesus for the word today, help us to hear and keep your word inside ours hearts
I'm tempted everyday to spend money on things I don't need. I needed this message today. Thanks.
I will meditate on these 2 verses today and depend on the indwelling Holy Spirit to help me to "take every thought captive to obey Christ". It's a struggle, I want to say and do what's right, but most times I end up doing the opposite. But "thanks be to God I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me". Lord, help me to be obedient to your instructions.
Yes. I did fine it helpful. Thank you.. it really open my eyes and allow me to see myself.