Training your thoughts takes not only the inner work of the Holy Spirit which we pursue in prayer. It also takes mental discipline on our part.
b) by pursuing a renewal and rethinking of your worldview
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever in honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is anything worthy of praise think about these things” Philippians 4:8
People don’t live what they profess, they live what they believe. When you are trapped in any habitual sin it is because you believe that by acting in it, it provides a need for you. Therefore you have to place a different value on it. In rethinking your worldview, you must re-look at what you do and why you do it through the Biblical worldview. Train your thoughts by thinking new thoughts.
The pursuit is a deliberate rethinking and renewing to a Biblical worldview. You must expose yourself to it through reading, learning and meditating on Scriptural doctrines, principles and world view. This isn’t just a small portion of devotional reading and thought. This is the hard work of studying and applying large passages of Scripture. This is being able to question why you value and believe what you do and to allow the God’s authoritative word speak to that in your life. It is taking passages like today’s verse and really examining your thoughts and words to see if they fall under those qualities. If not, Why not?
Get the tools you need for your pursuit. Attend bible studies in your home church. Go through Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem. Purchase and use the Fighter Verses from Desiring God Ministries. Learn the basics of world view through the ministry of RZIM.
To encourage that pursuit, here at Biblically Pure we will have a new periodic ongoing series called “Rethink”. Be on the lookout for it in the next coming weeks. At the start of the new year, we will re-release our Pure Thoughts Program for memorizing Scripture. Our other periodic series “Love God Hate Sin” also is designed to help your thoughts be set on “things above” (Colossians 3:1,2)
So the very simple review of training your thoughts can be summed up in the following phrases… which I encourage you to dedicate to your memory. The reason why, is because when you are in the battle, instinct is formed by thought habits, the better offensive and defensive thought habits you have, the more they will help you in the time of need.
Train your thoughts by taking captive you thoughts.
Train your thoughts by replacing your thoughts.
Train your thoughts by praying for your thoughts.
Train your thoughts by thinking new thoughts.