“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.”
As I read this today it made me think about how my mind can go off on it's own out of the blue. The reason we need to open God's word daily is so we can keep our mind renewed. Our brain is like storage, a computer or just a place we store our stuff. The difference I see is that the storage we use for our stuff is stored until we go and get it or we go and look at it, yet our mind pulls out stored items randomly. We can access events and memories but sometimes they just come to us and we have no idea why.
Temptations that we have are already ours and when we don't add the good in to our storage, these temptation will resurface and cloud our thoughts. We must continue to remember that we our new creations and are not stuck by our old thoughts. Look at what Paul says in Ephesians chapter 4 verses 21-24, “Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” See we need to make sure we fill ourselves with thoughts of Jesus and see what God has for us so those thought overtake the ones the world give us just by living our lives.
In James chapter 1 verse 15 he says, “These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” See we will sin and fall short sometimes but when our thoughts of that sin keeps us struggling it is allowed to grow, and it will grow, so let's take every thought captive and keep believing that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and renew our thoughts daily so when our random thought pop up unexpectedly we switch our focus on what God has shown us; the new, the truth, and the love so we continue to grow.
I want to finish by having you read James chapter 1 verses 21-22 and they praying and thanking Him. “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” Don't be fooled, be filled with the Spirit and live the way God intended. Amen