Devotional

Banish the Thought

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

To stay holy in body we must stay holy of heart. What we permit ourselves to think on we will eventually permit ourselves to say and do. If we are to kept from sin in deed we must keep ourselves from sin in thought.

When we get saved, we are given the provision to keep our heart with all diligence. Temptations will come, some that have conquered us in the past, but we don’t have to yield to them any more. Every time we refuse the temptation we become more confident that sin has no dominion over us. Jesus has set us free indeed!

We are the temple of God and no unclean thing has the right to enter His holy place. But God has called us to be porters of His temple and we must refuse entrance to that which the Holy Spirit alerts us to. The weapons of our warfare are spiritual. Through the Spirit of God we bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. The more we are willing to be pure in heart and mind, the more the Spirit will train us in how to detect any unclean thing that would encroach upon our mind, lodge in our heart, and find expression through our body.

It is not by our might, or will-power, that we can win the battle of the mind. But we can have victory in this crucial area by the Spirit that lives within us. And we can know that by the blood of Jesus Christ we have been redeemed from our former way of living and no longer have to yield our mind or body to any sin.

See the danger afar off and at the first approach of intruding, unclean thoughts, close the door of your mind. Post a not welcome sign over the portal of God’s temple. Send sin and devils packing.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.