“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.” -Philippians 4:8
If you are struggling with your thought life, here are several questions to consider: What are your influences? Who or what are you entertaining? What are you watching? Where are you going? What are you allowing into your spirit? What are you doing when no one is looking? What words are you speaking?
Like the old saying goes, “Garbage in, garbage out.”
Replace ungodly input with what is wholesome.
Eventually, what you put in comes out. Remember out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. As a child of God, your life is set apart unto God for His service, to be a living sacrifice, and therefore, your life is precious and is to be kept pure before God. Whatever you allow into your life influences you and will show itself at some point in your walk with God. Purity is so important in order to keep yourself holy. If you are watching things, you would be ashamed to watch if Christ were sitting right there beside you, then you should not be watching those things. If you are going places you would be ashamed to admit you're going to if Christ were right by your side, then you shouldn't be going to those places. Why are you going to deliberately choose what is impure and displeasing to God? Be mindful and careful of the One whose name you claim to bear. When the Holy Spirit convicts you of what you are allowing into your life through your eyes, ears, hands, body, soul, and spirit. And when the Holy Spirit convicts you about the places you are going, don't push aside the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Pay attention to the Holy Spirit and stop doing what you are doing. God is warning you, and the Holy Spirit is guiding you to stay away from what is not pleasing to God.