Gaining Control Over Secret Thoughts
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, December 02 2007 19:00|
There is an ancient fable about a scorpion and a turtle. The scorpion, a poor swimmer, asks a turtle to carry him on his back across a river. The turtle said, “That’s insane! You’ll sting me while I’m swimming and I’ll drown.”
“Dear turtle,” laughed the scorpion, “If I were to sting you and you drowned, I would drown with you. That would not be logical!”
Persuaded, the turtle said, “You’re right, of course. Hop on.”
The scorpion climbed on the turtle’s back, but halfway across the river it gave the turtle a fatal sting. As they both sank toward the bottom the turtle said, “You said it would not be logical for you to sting me, so why did you do it?”
“It has nothing to do with logic,” the scorpion replied. “It’s just my character.”
Secret thoughts are just like that scorpion. They will bite you every time.
All men have secret thought lives. The difference is that some of us understand we are in a battle, and have surrounded ourselves with resources to win the battle. Others of us don’t understand the severity of the battle, so we let scorpions hitch a ride.
Until I read in Paul that he struggled with sinful desires just like me, I thought I was the only one. Now I understand that this battle is the “normal” Christian experience.
So how can a man gain control over his secret thoughts? Paul went on to explain:
The Spirit can do what we can never do on our own. So let’s fix our minds on what the Holy Spirit desires. Let’s take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.
While the sinful desires never fully recede, over time we really do become more like Christ when we live by his Spirit. He changes our “normal.” He helps us win the battle.
Together with you in the battle,