I was visiting with a young lady I just met. We both had a mutual friend. Of the neighbourhood’s scarcity of friends, finding someone to interact with was a solace. 

One such evening, she received a call from whom I later got to know as her boyfriend. It was an uncomfortable call. She burst into tears right afterward. 

By impulse, my mind and thoughts moved to where she was sitting to console her by holding her close and wiping those tears away. That was my natural instinct. 

But the Holy Spirit took over from there. “Temi, sit where you are.” I obeyed. “Temi, tell her it will be fine, and you will return to check up on her some other time to give her room to compose herself and address the issues.” I did. 

There are instances like this that have led men astray, especially those who have just surrendered their lives to Christ. 

There is data that your old man has gathered in your old mind. The natural progression of your thought life is sinful. If you ever put yourself in a position that permits sin, you are already gone. You know the end from the beginning. This ungodly data must be dealt with: 

Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong…

Isaiah 55:7A NLT

Hope you know that the heart of man is desperately wicked. If you allow those thoughts to lead, you will be in a mess. So what do you do?

Your mind needs to go for a shower in the Word- a real intense shower for cleansing. Do you know how sticky you feel after a long day? Can you imagine not bathing for years? That’s the state of the soul without the Word of God. 

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.

Psalms 119:9 NKJV

The Word of God cleans your ways- Thought Ways, Word Ways, Action Ways! That natural progression and tendency to sin or walk close to sin is dealt with. 

Second, that old data of sin would then be replaced with new data of God’s Word for direction, instruction, and course correction so that you do not crash into those strange actions again. 

Study the Word. 

I study your teachings very carefully so that I will not sin against you.

Psalms 119:11 ERV

Hide the Word in your Heart. 

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

Psalms 119:11 NKJV

Regard the Word of God as a Treasure. 

I treasure your word above all else; it keeps me from sinning against you.

Psalms 119:11 CEV

When that battle of thoughts comes, you will be glad you have the Word in your heart. Without the word, you will be lost in sin again. 

Great solutions always look simple! Do not despise it.

May you not fall again.

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