A practical biblical method to stop a sinful thought from becoming a sinful action Our minds are battlefields where godly thinking is relentlessly attacked by believable lies and deceptive fantasies. Using biblical models, historical figures, and real-life case studies, Taming Your Private Thoughts provides a biblically based process for getting the thought life under Christ's control and avoiding the consequences of sin. This is not just a book about positive thinking or denying the presence of sinful thoughts, nor does it offer quick fixes or easy formulas. The book includes: *Honest examination of the problem of wrong thinking for men and women, young and old *Straightforward case studies that demonstrate the consequences of sinful thinking *Biblical solutions for breaking vicious thought cycles and finding peace of mind *Discussion and reflection questions *An appendix of Scripture
Table of Contents
Contents Acknowledgments / 9 Introduction / 11 Part One: Charting Sin's Beginning 1. It Began Just as a Thought / 17 2. Flirting with Desire / 35 3. Behind Closed Door #1: Lust / 52 4. Peeking Behind the Skeleton Door ... Sin / 70 Part Two: Examining Sin's Consequences 5. Death of Pure Thoughts / 91 6. The Exhilaration of Deceptive Thoughts / 109 7. I Never Thought It Would Lead to This / 125 8. Slave to Your Thoughts / 141 Part Three: Stopping Sin's Control Introduction: Overview of the S.T.O.P Method: S.T.O.P. It! / 159 9. S. ~ Sinful Thoughts Confessed / 162 10. T. ~ Think on These Things / 178 11. O. ~ Order Every Thought / 197 12. P. ~ Pursue Christ-Mindedness / 215 Appendix A: Questions for Individual or Group Study / 233 Appendix B: Scripture for Applying the S.T.O.P. Method / 238 Notes / 245
Jay Dennis (DMin, Fuller Seminary) is senior pastor of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida, and author of "The Prayer Experiment Lab Manual. He has a weekly television program and a daily radio broadcast. Es el pastor principal de la Primera Iglesia Bautista del Centro Comercial de Lakeland, Florida. Tiene un programa de television semanal y uno radial. El y su esposa, Angie, tiene dos hijos. Marilyn Jeffcoat (M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary) has served as a researcher, writer, and editor of numerous articles and books, including The Prayer Experiment. She holds degrees from Columbia College and Reformed Theological Seminary and is a doctoral student at Trinity Theological Seminary.