Why do I have these thoughts even after being saved. Will I ever be free of them???

Ever since I got saved 2 months ago I have been ever aware of my sinful past. I understand once I accepted Christ God forgave past and present sins. I believe my issue is that I need to accept I have been forgiven. I am a 30 year old woman and I have 2 young children whom I love very much. I am constantly aware of my past sin, doing things that I knew were wrong, getting caught up in an alternative lifestyle in which I no longer practice and I find myself becoming disgusted @ those things and wonder if He has really forgiven me for those things. I now know that I really didnt enjoy those things and I wouldnt dare partake in them now. I believe my flesh is constantly reminding me of my faults, telling me I should give up because Im going to Hell anyway. I no longer want to be bogged down by this. I am a believer in Christ, I attempt to live as he lived but my thoughts are becoming unpure and I truly hate these thoughts. I do not want to go back to those practices. They are truely not of God. I want to live a Godly life and create a better atmosphere for my children. Will these thoughts/feelings ever go away? I know I do not want to do those things alot of times I get a thought and I feel so bad about it and wonder will I ever be free, have I been forgiven and will I make it to Heaven. Please share with me some good, encouraging advice…

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  1. Thoughts thoughts thoughts……..well we praise the almighty God for a soul added to our family.And the devil is a liar do not allow him to take away your happiness. One thing that has helped me is turning every negative situation in my life into a positive situation.The bible in phil 4assures us that we can do all things through christ who strenghtens so just believe in God to direct your thoughts into something positive…..Always start your day with prayer and ask God to renew your mind with the right spirit and right thoughts…..When satan tries to attack tell him my father does not allow me to talk to strangers and he will leave you…Just call upon the name of the lord always….and do not entertain yourself with things that would make your thought look real avoid by all means which would make your thoughts increase… Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world:but ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..hebrews 4:12; Psalms 119:30……it shall be well my sister.

  2. Bro. Dave says:

    One of the difficulties that we face is that when we came to Jesus, we were ready to depart from darkness. We were squeezed into the worlds mold year after year. Now we have entered into a battle that will never end.

    First thing we must overcome is sin. Then comes the guilt trip. Most people want to live in two kingdoms at once. It really makes a difference to pray for God to give grace. When you become his child it was because he gave you a believing heart of faith. That same faith will believe for everything.

    If you don’t have the baptism with the Holy Spirit, you won’t have the powerful weapons to fight with. Eph. 6: chapter tells us about the armor of God. We will always be tested for commitment by chosing a life that falls in line with the word of God.

    For example, when I am attacked by thoughts I pray in tongues. Isa. 26 tells us that peace will come upon us. This happens again and again.

    2 things God is doing in you. He is developing a total dependence on him, and cleaning you up from old life. Each thought you have is a opportunity to make a choice. As one person said— if the bird flies over you don’t let him make a nest. God doesn’t punish us for thoughts if we shew them away as birds. if we allow the thought to stay we are entertaining it.

    Example– for men women today are walking around with tight clothing or missing some. If we see them we must shew that birdy thought away. We can just look away and know that is good. If we are pressed with thoughts we can just take a moment and praise the Lord. Isa. 61:1-3 says praise even drives away heaviness–depression. It will drive away spirits also.

    If you have something continually driving you in the same wrong direction you need to cast that demon out. Beware there are false deliverance ministers, it is best for you to learn to deliver yourself. Hope by now you have heard the message of faith. Remember you can’t put in a gallon container any more than a gallon, so fill your mind continually with the word of God. Smith Wigglesworth– great reading some free online he always was reading his bible that he carried in his back pocket. God bless.– there are no quick fixes only patient waiting on God . keep building a true love relationship with him and you can’t go wrong.

  3. 2 Corinthians 10:5 states to take every thought captive. So when you think something that you shouldn’t or want to stop – immediately ask the Lord to circumcise this thought. Then replace it with His Word. So when the thoughts come about your past, pray and replace it with scriptures such as 1 John 1:9
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We know He’s faithful!

    In the beginning it will probably be difficult. As time passes, it will get MUCH easier. There will probably be “flare-ups” but you’ll get to the point where you’ll realize that you spend a lot more time in prayer, praise and worship of Yahweh, thinking on His Word, etc.

  4. is realizing that after I got saved the war is on, in the mind that is. Satan knows he has lost another soul to the Lord. Its then a Spirtual Battle to get you back. Those demon darts go to flying! BUT, then you need to realize and KNOW that when you call on Jesus’ name, no demon will hang around. Rebuke any and all thoughts that you know isn’t of the Lord and say it in Jesus name, you have to say in Jesus name or they won’t flee. It WORKS I promise. As you continue to read your Bible and pray daily (and in the mind——-pray without ceasing) for Jesus to help you in all you do it will get easier and less of those darts coming at you. Praise God you got saved sister.

    Then when my friends and coworkers realized I was serious about my salvation they got better about their language around me. And some have even started reading the Bible, so don’t be afraid to witness to people as it will help. Plant the seeds and let the Lord do his work. You may loose some friends in the process, but at least you tried to win a soul for the Lord. And if your “friends or family” don’t want to have anything to do with you then its their loss.
    Blessings

  5. MWalker says:

    Hi, just wanted to say thank you for that prayer. It has helped me.

    • faithishearing says:

      You’re welcome!
      Remember Jesus Christ sees you as a new creation. The old has past and the new has come. He has taken your sin as far as the east is from the west. He remembers them no more.
      If the devil cannot get you to sin, he will try and make you feel guilty. But think about this sister, how is your guilt accomplishing the salvation of God? Nothing can add to the sacrifice of Christ and nothing can take it away. If God has already forgiven you, nothing can be added to that.
      IN Romans 6, Paul writes that we are dead to sin. It is something you have to believe and internalize through faith. God wants you to lead a rich and fulfilling life, but that cannot happen if we cannot or will not forgive ourselves.
      That is another problem. Forgiving ourselves. But why is that such forgiving ourselves such a big issue? Are we able to cleanse ourselves from sin? Can we blot out our own transgressions? No, only God can do that, and He has done it.
      Romans 8:31-34
      What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

      If God is the only one who judges us, and if God has forgiven us and written our names down in the Book of Life, who can stand against us?
      God wants you and your family to lead a rich and fulfilling life, and don’t let anything or anyone else, even yourself convince you of anything else. God wants the very best for you.
      There are a lot of articles here about Overcoming Sin and Breaking Strongholds that you might find useful. I encourage you to read it. Sometimes if you do all you can to focus on God and you are still struggling constantly, the problem might be a demonic stronghold, and demons have to be cast out. It is an ability that Jesus gave all his disciples (you and me), all you have to have is a humble, willing, an obedient spirit and faith. I wish I could do into more detail about this, but I encourage you to read the articles and prayerfully ask God to show you what to do.
      Blessings!

  6. faithishearing says:

    Hi,
    I can identify with your struggle. I have a post about it in the forums under testimonials, called I Got Saved Tonight.
    I know how you feel when you stated that you prayed to God for forgiveness and it still seems like the past is haunting you.
    2 Corinthians 5:17 states that:
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he (or she) is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
    And:
    1 John 1:9
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
    And lastly,
    Romans 8:1
    So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned.

    The thing is, Jesus Christ has forgiven you, and your name is written in Heaven. The only thing that the devil can do is try to convince you that you are not saved and get you to sin (John 10:10).The worst possible thing you can do now, is give in or make yourself believe that the thoughts you are having is yours, it is not.
    The devil lost his biggest foothold, you no longer have the desire to sin. You no longer have the desire to sin. That in and of itself is the greatest victory.
    Recognize that the devil can plant thoughts in your mind, especially for new Christians. What he wants you to do most of all is drop your bible, give up on God, and return to sin so you’ll never be reconciled to God.
    The fact that you are being harassed and tempted of the devil is proof that you are saved. Basically, the devil is trying to get you to sin. So what do you do?
    James 4:7
    Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    What does it mean to submit to God? Obedience. Do what the Lord wants you to do and trust/have faith that he’ll give you the strength to carry through. It also means submitting your thoughts to God. When a thought does sneak up on you, pray, and read God’s Word. Have His Word in your memory.
    Submitting also means that you trust the Word of God over your own mind. I had to do this. I really struggled with lust/love addiction. My mind was a confused, scary place. I mean, I knew it was of the devil, but the thoughts were so constant. Like every waking moment after I decided to turn from my sin. I even had nightmares where I was being sexually assaulted, and I could feel a dark presence, voices mocking me and calling me all manners of names. It was torture.
    Please, please, don’t give up! It is easier when you seen your life without God and you KNOW you don’t want that, but yet every day is a constant battle with the devil. Never give up on your new found life with God. I was miserable without God and suicidal, I will NEVER go back, even if I have to struggle everyday.
    Jeremiah 17:9
    The human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. No one can understand how deceitful it is.

    You see here? The bible says that we cannot trust our own minds. I knew that was the case with me. What made me recognize it one day was when I was reading my bible and a voice (my thoughts) popped up and told me to put my bible down, I was fooling myself, etc. I knew then that the devil was trying to manipulate and control my thoughts. It is much better to trust in something sure (the bible, Jesus, God). What does God say about you? Call into memory His promises from the Word.
    Important note: When you focus solely on your problems and how you can fix them, you’ll fail every time. Focus instead on Jesus. It is something that has to be practiced and is very hard at first. Matthew 4 shows Jesus was also tempted of the devil. Thank God through His supernatural power and through the perfect life that Jesus lived, we too can overcome temptation. Meditate on God’s love for you in Scripture.

    Remember God promised in His Word, Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. Lean on Jesus and keep praying, build solid relationships with strong Christians, and read and commit to memory the Word of God!

    I’ll be praying for you,
    Peace and Blessings

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