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Can I Have These Thoughts And Still Be Saved?
7/20/2012

***BRIAN'S NOTE***
Here is another recent email I received from a reader. Below you can read what she wrote, and then below that is my reply.

From: [NAME OMITTED BY REQUEST]
To: "Brian@valueoftruth.org" [Brian@valueoftruth.org]
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 3:57 AM
Subject: My Thoughts

Hello:

It's 3:39 AM & I woke up maybe 30 mins ago & here come the bad thoughts. I read your article before & I just re-read it over again. Tonight I read the letter from the young lady who sounds a lot like me. I've been battling w/ my thoughts since April & I can remember the exact moment it started. I'm in a drama ministry at school & I can remember this boy played Jesus & he was on a stage w/ a girl & some where along the line I started having sexual thoughts against Christ. When I left rehearsal I prayed & cried all the way home. Since then it's been HARD trying to free myself against these thoughts & it gets harder & harder. I've been raised in the church, was saved at 6 but I really gave myself to God Nov 28th. Here I am a month from 23, I decided to part from my old ways, I gave up drunken nights, I made a promise & pledge to God to be celibate till I get married (been celibate for 7 months) & I just want to live for God & work in the ministry.

I read Psalms 119 I keep repeating II Cor 10:5 over & over & Philippians 4:8 & it's like they seem to continue to come bk. I fast from social networks & secular music but I don't know what else to do. I feel like God is angry w/ me, I'm scared I won't be forgiven no matter how many times I repent, I get scared to leave the house sometimes. It's like a 100 lb weight on my heart. I know God forgives & hasn't left me but I get scared because I don't feel His presence. I want to live for God, I want to go to heaven when it's my time, I want to do right, but can I have these thoughts & live for God? Or am I a hypocrite. I don't know who to talk to about it w/ out feeling judged. So I pray you can answer me & God gives you the words to help me out. It just seems like for the past 3 years stuff gets HARDER & HARDER. My grandpa died end of 09 then stuff just got HARDER & HARDER & HARDER. & last Saturday we buried my grandma. My other grandma is sick & I just dk. But thank you for hearing me out, I pray this reaches you & you can give me some encouraging words.

[NAME OMITTED BY REQUEST]

On Jul 16, 2012, at 5:52 PM, brian p wrote:

Hi [NAME OMITTED BY REQUEST],
Thanks so much for writing to me! You are definitely not alone in this battle. Battling sexual, or blasphemous thoughts against God is nothing new. In fact, the Bible says, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13.

We think our struggles are not shared with anyone else. On the contrary. Jesus, we see, also struggled with suffering - mental agony.

"And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." - Luke 22:44

Just last night while taking my wife to the hospital, I had a severe, severe episode of bad thoughts. Immediately, I found a bathroom where no one was, and got on my knees, and prayed. I prayed my heart out.

The Bible says, " Is any among you afflicted? let him pray." - James 5:13

Notice, that Jesus, when he was in agony, he began to pray more earnestly. The Bible says, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." - James 5:16

Needless to say, after much prayer, and reading the Bible, God gave me the victory. Jesus is our victory.

You see, these afflictions are partly from the carnal mind, because it is enemy against God, and partly from the devil.

We know this because the Bible says that the devil went forth to try to get Job to curse God. But Job blessed God instead. This story is also a great source of comfort.

I wish I could write more, but I have to go. Write back anytime. God bless.

------Brian

From: [NAME OMITTED BY REQUEST]
To: brian p [brian@valueoftruth.org]
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:56 PM
Subject: Re: My Thoughts

Thank you soooooo much I appreciate it

Sent from my iPhone

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