STOP THE MADNESS!
There has to be a place in your accepted wisdom where you recognize the chain of thoughts that lead you away from God.
Once you begin to recognize those mental patterns, you have to break a link in that chain to stop that line of thinking before it proceeds into a feeling. Feelings often escalate into actions and that’s not good.
With every bit of awareness, you have an opportunity to take those “further imaginations” captive – thoughts that take you away from the knowledge of God. This is the place you go to war and freeze those thoughts before they grow into a monster that holds you hostage – an action you cannot take back. This is what Paul was referring to when he wrote:
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5
It is your responsibility to be aware of things without letting that awareness fast forward into sin. This is how you cast down imaginations and thoughts that want to replace, or as the Bible says, “exalt” themselves against the knowledge of God.
Pray about it. Ask God to give you wisdom in your thinking. Verbally commit your mind to the Lord. You don’t have to mentally pursue every thought. In fact, you cannot if you want to have real peace.
From my book: Soul Invasion