By Adrian Rogers
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
Christian young people have asked me what specific things they can do to stay pure in a culture such as ours. I suggest 3 things:
- First, watch the crowd they hang out with. Choose their friends wisely (see Proverbs 13:20).
- Second, guard what they put into their minds from books, movies, and music (see Psalm 101:3, Proverbs 6:27).
- Lastly, control their thought life (see Philippians 4:8.) Proverb 23:7 tells us, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” What we dwell on in our minds is what we’re going to act upon. Someone has well said, “We cannot keep the birds from flying over our heads, but we can keep them from making a nest in our hair.”
Beyond these three, there’s more I urge you to share with your child.
Walk with God every day as you never have before. (Isaiah 30:21)
Guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23, Ephesians 5:3-5).
Make a covenant with your eyes (Job 31:1).
Set a guard over your lips (Psalm 141:3).
You might consider putting together a reward plan for your children to memorize the above verses so they become a conscious part of every decision. Here’s a good verse to start with: “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalm 119:11).
It’s so important to memorize verses while they’re young. One of the linchpin verses for every young person to memorize is Philippians 4:8— “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.”
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