“Can a man have two developed patterns of thought in his mind: one that allows lustful thoughts and a second that seeks after God?”
I believe we can conclude that it is not possible to have two parallel thought patterns of lust and a desire for God. In case there is still some doubt consider the following words from Romans 8:5-6,
“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
If you are losing heart right now because you just can’t see a way out of your established thought pattern, God gives us hope in the following words: “letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
Paul later writes in verses 12-13, “Dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,you will live.”
First of all we have a choice. As tough as it may be, we do not have to continue building the thought groove of lust. And secondly, building the thought groove of desiring God is something we do not have to do on our own; the Spirit of God will help us.
The Word of God clearly tells us that it is impossible for man to have two developed patterns of thought in his mind: one that allows lustful thoughts and a second that seeks after God. But we are assured that the Spirit of God will help us build a new groove, and his Word doesn’t just suggest building a new groove but also putting to death the old groove.
We can sit in our misery thinking to ourselves that this life in Christ is too tough or we can celebrate that we are not alone in this process and that in the end, if we let the Spirit of God control our minds we will enjoy life and peace—Praise God!
So where do we go from here? I guess we need to ask, “What does it mean to; let the Spirit of God to control our minds?”