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    im a believer that struggles with having evil thoughts. I want to pursue the Lord all of the time and am constantly bombarded with evil thoughts. I confess them constantly and ask forgiveness for them, am broken for having them, and can't seem to keep myself from having them, i pray for help but wonder if this is my thorn in the flesh. Sometimes at the most important and critical times when i need to be focused on Spiritual things they fly in. Jesus is God, He saved me, and i have felt the Holy Spirit at work within me and He has testified of His Word to me. Any thoughts? Please pray the Lord will keep my heart locked up from any whispers coming in, or any dirt stirring up. God bless
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    also, ironically, i think i am being call to the ministry, however i fear the thought of myself as one, but nevertheless find myself preaching and teaching the people around me. Then again, i keep having all of these thoughts. Before i was drawn to Christ, only evil thought which i delighted in mostly without shame, now i am ashamed of the wicked heart, try to think about Spiritual things, but still have some very vile thoughts and can't but help wonder, how can i be pure in heart? I appreciate all of your prayers lifted up to Christ on my behalf. Thank you so much
  3. A lot depends on the nature of these evil thoughts and your response to them. If they tend to be thoughts which, while disturbing, you feel no compulsion to act upon, I would suggest you may be paying too much attention to them. If this is the case, do not dwell on them. When they pop up, dismiss them and learn to focus. Do not allow shame to cripple you spiritually by convincing you that you are powerless and worthless in the face of these thoughts. Feed your mind and spirit with Scripture, edifying music, reading, conversation, and fellowship. Continue to expose these thoughts to God's light by acknowledging them before Him and seeking His help. As you draw closer to God, growing and maturing in your walk, and develop Godly habits and thought patterns, the evil thoughts will weaken and fade. It's not enough to simply stand up under the assault, sometimes you have to punch back.

    If you feel a compulsion to act upon these thoughts - look at pornography, insult or harm someone, use drugs, or whatever, you probably need to enlist the help of someone. Depending on the nature and severity of the problem, it may be a friend (preferably the same gender as you), an accountability partner, an elder or pastor of your fellowship, or even a professional couselor, psychologist or psychiatrist in some cases.

    Obviously, a couple of paragraphs doesn't cover every angle of or solution to the issue, but I hope I have given you some helpful thoughts and encouragement. I think the key is to continue to expose the thoughts to the Light, do not allow them to "slime" you with shame and guilt and feeling helpless, and proactively continue to immerse yourself in Godly things.

    Now for a couple of thoughts about your potential future in ministry. It is well to acknowledge your weaknesses both to maintain humility and reliance upon God, as well as to guard yourself against temptation. It also gives you empathy for those to whom you would minister. And finally, as you gain victory in tese areas of weakness, you develop the tools and testimony to help others with their struggles.
  4. This is a spiritual battle:

    2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
    2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
    2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

    Do not receive every thought that comes your way. There is an old saying "you may not be able to stop a bird from landing on your head but you can sure keep it from building a nest". Thoughts that do not line up with God's Word are to be summarily rejected.

    Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  5. I thank Christ for you
  6. Luther

    This movie is a good representation of spiritual struggles where Luther is alone and wresteles against the enemy.
  7. malians "that's

    Matthew Henry Commentary [public domain]

    an exerpt

    6:10-18 Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armour of God, which he prepares and bestows. The Christian armour is made to be worn; and there is no putting off our armour till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labour to deface the heavenly image in our hearts. We must resolve by God's grace, not to yield to Satan. Resist him, and he will flee. If we give way, he will get ground. If we distrust either our cause, or our Leader, or our armour, we give him advantage. The different parts of the armour of heavy-armed soldiers, who had to sustain the fiercest assaults of the enemy, are here described. There is none for the back; nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare. Truth, or sincerity, is the girdle. This girds on all the other pieces of our armour, and is first mentioned. There can be no religion without sincerity. The righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, is a breastplate against the arrows of Divine wrath. The righteousness of Christ implanted in us, fortifies the heart against the attacks of Satan. Resolution must be as greaves, or armour to our legs; and to stand their ground or to march forward in rugged paths, the feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Motives to obedience, amidst trials, must be drawn from a clear knowledge of the gospel. Faith is all in all in an hour of temptation. Faith, as relying on unseen objects, receiving Christ and the benefits of redemption, and so deriving grace from him, is like a shield, a defence every way. The devil is the wicked one. Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are darts Satan shoots at us. Also, hard thoughts of God, and as to ourselves. Faith applying the word of God and the grace of Christ, quenches the darts of temptation. Salvation must be our helmet. A good hope of salvation, a Scriptural expectation of victory, will purify the soul, and keep it from being defiled by Satan. To the Christian armed for defense in battle, the apostle recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief and error as they assault from without. A single text, well understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary. Prayer must fasten all the other parts of our Christian armour. There are other duties of religion, and of our stations in the world, but we must keep up times of prayer. Though set and solemn prayer may not be seasonable when other duties are to be done, yet short pious prayers darted out, always are so. We must use holy thoughts in our ordinary course. A vain heart will be vain in prayer. We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favours received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching. We must preserve in particular requests, notwithstanding discouragements. We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his mighty we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience.

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