Winning Our Brain Wars with Biblical Meditation ~ blog
We have been learning about how we win the battle between our ears. No, I am not talking about ear wax causing you to grow deaf or losing the ability to remember where you left your car keys.
We are talking about learning how to control our thoughts. Learning how to deal with the sensual person we might see in public or even church. And how to deal with the decades of fantasies we have stored in our brains.
This is a real problem for all of us. Sexual memories and fantasies are like bone dry tinder in our brain and once we see something or think something sexual the spark is lit and whoosh the flames are burning, and we become overwhelmed with sexual desire.
Yesterday I talked about how we need to think whenever we are tempted visually or mentally. We need to see all people as created in the image of God and worthy of honor and respect and no treat them as something to use for sexual sin and then throw them away like trash.
We need to stop dehumanizing people and treating them as objects for our sinful pleasure and value them for who they are. Real people created in the image of God and instead of lusting with “I’d like a piece of that!” We should respond with
“Thank you God for this person help me to see them as
created in your image and worthy of value and kindness.”
The more you practice this the better you can get at it and the less visual images will be able to trigger you into acting out. Now let me give you another tool … biblical meditation.
I have learned that as a man I can only really think about one thing at a time. When I see someone, who could be a source of temptation, and am feeling the pull of lust to use her after praying for help from the Spirit to see her as a human being and worthy of respect … I turn my thinking to something else.
Just because a thought comes into your brain does not mean you have to accept it and dwell on it. There are thoughts entering our minds every second, but we are the ones who can choose what we think about. Experts say when a thought enters your mind you have but a few seconds to either receive it and dwell on it or reject it and think about something else.
This is when having certain Scriptures in your memory banks can be extremely helpful. One of my favorites is Romans 6:1-2;
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”
Or 1 Corinthians 10:13;
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
How I love that verse. Providentially It was the first verse I ever memorized. For years I knew it but did not believe it or practice it. We think we are the only ones with sexual sin … how stupid is that with porn running rampant in our culture? We think that when we are tempted we are certainly going to fall into sin … LIE … we choose to sin!!! We forget that God promises us an escape and are too busy focusing on the sexual image than looking for His EXIT sign. Plus, we will be able to endure it.
Lastly Galatians 5:16;
“But I say, walk by the Spirit,
and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
I refined this tactic of dealing with sexual thoughts, memories, and fantasies at night while trying to go to sleep. I used to use fantasy during that time or pull up old memories of the sexual sins from my past. Which is the exact opposite of what someone who wants freedom from sexual sin needs to be doing.
Now, I just pull up one of these Scriptures or others … like Psalm 23, and meditate on it. We meditate on something when we think about it closely to try and pull more meaning from it. Storing Scripture in your brain and going to it at the first hint of temptation is a very powerful way to help us control our thoughts.
Sometimes we cannot help what we SEE.
But we can choose what we LOOK AT!!!
Sometimes we cannot help what pops into our MIND.
But we can choose what we THINK ABOUT!!!
Stop allowing the world to fill your mind with more garbage and begin to memorize and meditate on Scripture. As King David himself wrote;
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.”