When a thought comes into the mind, instantly discern if it is a good thought or not. If the thought is good, continue thinking on the topic. But, if it is not a good thought, stop it immediately. Do not continue thinking on the topic. In Scripture, Paul gives guidance on this. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Phil. 4:8)
Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (II Cor. 10:5)
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Rom. 6:16)
Those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Heb. 5:14)
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:” (I John 4:1)
Stop Temptation Now
Scripture explains that sin comes once a thought is conceived. Do not allowing a bad thought to continue in the mind to stop temptation right in its tracks.
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15)
“Love… thinks no evil;” (I Cor. 13:5)
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Pray for God’s Help
“When He came to the place, He said to them, ‘Pray that you may not enter into temptation.’” (Luke 22:40)
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt. 26:41)
By choosing what to think about, and what to release from the mind, the powerful strength of self-control is developed, which is a wonderful component of God’s spirit.