Jesus has answered all my prayers. He has allowed me to organize and lead campground ministries, to do church services in three states and He gave me a great singing voice which I use for His honor and glory.
However, I have a severe problem with impure thoughts that automatically pop up when reading, watching TV and even walking outside. I have memorized scripture and stopped watching movies that are not PG rated. I have read some scripture that says impure thoughts will keep me out of Heaven. Is that true? How do I fight such a sin?
There are two questions here: 1) Will impure thoughts condemn me? and 2) How do I fight such a sin? We'll get to addressing the fight against impure thoughts, but first let’s address the question of whether sinful thoughts are condemning. Can impure thoughts keep someone out of Heaven? To answer this we must begin by understanding the salvation we have in Christ. And that security we have in His love.
Salvation in Christ
In our salvation, Jesus washed us clean by the power of His atoning blood (Revelation 1:5). He forgave every sin we have committed or will commit (past, present and future). He regenerated our souls by the power of His Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) and He imputed His righteousness to us (2 Corinthians 5:21). That's what makes us worthy to stand before God. We stand clean in Christ's righteousness.
When Jesus saved us, He justified us forever and the eternal life He gave us can never be lost.
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:5-7)
These three verses in the book of Titus offer rich and full assurance of our salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not by our works, but by Jesus' works that the penalty for our sins was paid. Therefore Jesus alone is able to justly forgive our sins.
- Not by our works, but by His work on the cross we are forgiven.
- Not by our merit, but by His grace we are justified and made righteous.
- Not by our strength, but by Jesus' love and faithfulness we are kept secure in His promise that our life in Him is eternal and we will enter into Heaven.