“Can a man have two developed patterns of thought in his mind: one that allows lustful thoughts and a second that seeks after God?”
Thought patterns are developed in our brains as we repeatedly think the same thought. These patterns develop grooves in our brains allowing electrical impulses to easily flow. This is how a habit is developed.
When one learns to drive with a manual transmission, these grooves do not yet exist, so the car stops suddenly and stalls. There is much to learn; one must steer the car, concentrate on what is in front, behind, and on each side of the car as well as determine how much gas to give the car, and how fast to ease off the clutch. As a person practices these behaviors with the thoughts that go with them, grooves are developed in the brain for this task. Eventually a person can accomplish all these tasks as well as listen to the radio, have conversations with passengers, drink a beverage, and eventually forget if he stopped at the light five miles back.
To change an established thought pattern groove, one must develop a damming mechanism AND develop a new groove that is deeper and wider than the old one.
Paul writes in Romans, “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (12:2).
So the question is asked, “Can a man have two developed patterns of thought in his mind: one that allows lustful thoughts and another that seeks after God?”
Because it appears to be an impossible task to not allow one’s thoughts to wander into the arena of lust, this is a question that is asked by nearly everybody. When left to our own thinking the answer may be YES. It may be yes because it makes sense to us or because it is just too difficult to change a well established thought pattern.
The way we change our thought patterns is to recognize which thoughts are not healthy for us. This is where reading God’s Word, the Bible, comes into the equation. We need to learn how God thinks; what he says is good for us. Only when we hold our thoughts up against the standard of God’s Word can we know which thoughts we repeatedly play in our minds are healthy and not healthy for us.