“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. Job 31:1 NIV
The battle is for control of our minds and what enters our eyes greatly influences our thoughts. Job made a conscience decision to limit what he saw and not look lustfully at a woman. He committed himself to moral purity in his thought life. Moral purity begins in our thoughts and continues to our actions. We are called to live holy lives in thoughts as well as behavior.
God is holy and therefore His followers are to be holy. Personal holiness is a struggle between our bodies (the flesh) and God’s Spirit within each believer. Though we are already positionally holy before God because we have trusted Christ as our Savior, experientially we strive to overcome our flesh and yield to the controlling power of the Holy Spirit.
- What do the following passages say about God’s holiness? — Leviticus 11:44-45; Leviticus 20:7,26
- Because God is holy, we as his ambassadors are called to live holy lives. What is said about our calling to holiness in the following passages? — 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:14-15.
Question to ponder: What means is the enemy currently using in your life to gain entry to your thoughts?
Passages for further reflection: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Ephesians 4:20-24