But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the Lord will hear when I call to Him. Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. (Psalm 4:3-4)
Thinking About God
Dee Bowman said, “It is hard to sin when you are thinking about God.” Sin always follows a familiar path. Desire draws the heart to a need that must be filled and if left unchecked with blossom into sin as a full-grown act of rebellion against God. The nature of sin will change with each temptation but the path is the same and the result is the same. Defeating sin takes great courage and the knowledge to identify the tools that will keep the soul pure. The psalmist David knew the challenge of sin and suggested when sin knocks at the door, mediate on things that will keep the door closed. Thinking about righteousness in times of peril can safeguard the heart from the destructive power of the devil. The mind thinks about one of two things: righteousness or unrighteousness; good or evil; truth or falsehood; God or Satan. Pressing the mind to consider the love of the Father will help protect the soul from falling into the trap of sin.
Building faith comes from the exercise of meditating on the word of God, His Spirit, constant devotion to prayer and right-mindedness. It will be more difficult to fall into the trap of unrighteousness when we are thinking about God. His presence will surround the heart with the protective care of His grace. The love of God is an umbrella that keeps the dark storms of temptation away shedding the light of truth in the soul. God knows the trials of His children and will hear their cries for strength to overcome. It is a wonderful thing to consider the Lord listens to His children and gives them the willpower to overcome sin. David says that anger can be controlled when thinking about God. Meditating on the grace of God is the power to defeat the lusts of the flesh. When faced with the trial to give into the wiles of the devil, turning the heart toward God will remove the desire and save the soul. He will not allow the saint to be tempted beyond what he is able to defeat and will always offer a way of escape. The reason that sin overcomes the soul is the wrong choice is made. Thinking about God during temptation will remove the desire to displease the Father giving strength to overcome.
It is hard to sin when the Lord is on the mind. As the child of God grows in faith their courage will also grow to sin less. It will never be possible to defeat sin completely but every child of God should strive to remove temptation from their lives and sin less and less. In time the strength of soul will solidify the spirit to overcome temptation more easily. What defeated the soul in the past will no longer have the sway of sin to fall after the wiles of the devil. Righteousness is the ingredient that builds faith in the heart of God’s people resisting more fervently the impact of sin. The child of God must realize it is possible to sin less. Trusting in the Lord and meditating on the Lord is the solution to sin. Thinking about right things keeps the heart away from wrong things. Keeping company with people of righteousness defends against the influence of unrighteousness. Putting God first in thought, action, deed and words will build a strong defense that will destroy the painful effects of sin. Think about God.