There is a reason thoughts come. Sometimes God wants to bring something to our attention. When temptation comes, we experience the pull of the flesh. That’s the time to get excited because God wants to take us to a higher level of maturity. God doesn’t temp us, but he reveals the thoughts and intents of our hearts to us.
If there are things in our hearts that rise to the surface, we can repent and ask God for victory. We don’t always know what’s in our own hearts, but God does.
Shrapnel is microscopic pieces of a bomb, shell or other objects thrown out from an explosion. Military men and women have returned from war and did not even know shrapnel laid buried within their bodies.
Over time the shrapnel festered and found it’s way out—sometimes years later. That’s kind of how God works to bring out those ungodly desires hidden within our hearts.
Hebrews 4:12-13 says, God’s word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God’s word judges a person’s thoughts and intentions. No creature can hide from God. Everything is uncovered and exposed for him to see. We must answer to him (GW).
With the power of the Holy Spirit, you can stop the destructive behavior. Jesus can restore our peace if we are willing to humble ourselves and fall before the mercy of God.
For more on this topic, listen to the podcast http://www.lakeviewchurch.org/2015/09/20/four-stages-that-may-lead-to-catastrophic-failure/