Holy, holy, holy
Though the darkness hide thee
Though the eye of sinful man
Thy glory may not see
Only Thou art holy,
There is none beside Thee
perfect in power, in love and purity.
This is a hymn written by Bishop Reginald Heber that I grew up singing and it became one of my favorites. Although it is about the trinity, I love it because it rightfully reminds me how holy holy holy He is. I am Denise and I live in Buford, Georgia. I am a daughter, sister, wife, and mother and most precious to me, a daughter to the one true King. I am excited to contribute to this blog regarding keeping your thoughts holy because it is a discipline I struggle with daily. I try to always use the following practices when an unholy thought rests in mind. My battle is victorious on many days but there are times I fall short and in spite of myself, He is always faithful.
Before going to sleep at night and again when I awake, my mind is constant with thoughts. They come endless in varieties: mundane, repetitive, judgemental, deep, shallow, dark, happy, intelligent and unflattering to name a few. They are vastly different and recently I have become shamefully aware of how ungodly many of them can be. My struggle comes because I am selfish at heart, I battle sin and the enemy the great imposter. My mind, when I fail to guard it, becomes an arena for battle and my fight is constant to make and keep it holy. My ammunition for battle comes from knowing that my unholy thoughts are not from Him. He is incapable of having an unholy thought. My motivation to rid my mind and heart of unholy ideation comes from the knowledge that His word says I have been made in His image and He calls me his own. I want my thoughts to be holy because He is Holy.
Leviticus 19:2 …….. be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.
My mind has become a battlefield and everyday I have to refuel with His word to win the struggle against my enemy. I have a selfish weakness that whispers I am entitled to my unholy thoughts. Maybe I have been treated unfairly or the enemy assures me that I am a better person because of my self-perceived holy deeds. I tell me myself that I use unholy thoughts as a harmless way of processing my injustice. In my mind, I rationalize that they are involuntary and therefore uncontrollable. As long as I do not act on my unholy thoughts, I have not sinned. NOTHING could be further from the truth. My unholy thoughts never bring Him glory. Not one! How then do I fight this battle? I have found that my only hope is through His love for me, His unbroken promises and me hiding His word in my heart daily.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.
I study His word daily because it deepens my love for Him and I use the knowledge gained to fight my unholy thoughts that try desperately to put a sin distance between me and Him. Through obedience in His word, it blesses me with a plan for gaining insight on how to rest in His will and it fills my heart with His words that I draw upon as weaponry. I use His words to battle unholy thoughts and then to create holy thoughts that are authored and guided by Him.
2 Corinthians 10: 5 ……..keep every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
When I have a thought that is unholy I immediately search my emotions for the root cause. I ask am I angry, self-absorbed, irritated, jealous, or feeling threatened? My unholy thoughts usually fall within one of these categories. I speak to it in my heart and my mind. I bring it to light and do not let it hide in the darkness. Darkness allows unholy thoughts to be the catalyst for unholy behaviors. I bring it into light and I “call it out”. Then I cry out to the Holy Spirit to replace the thought with one that honors Him.
Phillipians 4:8 …….. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
Then I confess my unholy thought. I ask God for His forgiveness and for Him to take away all my ungodly thoughts. I pray for a heart and mind that is reflective of His will for my life. Battling unholy thoughts in my mind can be exhausting but confession produces a divine healing and strengthens me for my next battle. For me, fervent prayer allows a godly peace to rest in my soul and a fertile environment in my heart and mind to love Him more. Finally, I worship Him through song and thanksgiving.
Holy Holy Holy
Lord God Almighty
Early in the morning
Our song shall rise to thee
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteous.
Denise is blessed to be a mother, wife, retired educator and crazy daughter for her King and His word. Thanks for reading!