Even so, I'm still a sinner saved by grace. I still have thoughts that are in disobedience to Him.
Well, this is where we will get to continue building on the foundation we've laid. We know God's Word and are continuing to grow in knowledge, understanding, and application of it. We seek to surround ourselves with things that honor God. Now, we've got to battle against the flesh.
When a thought comes to our mind that we know is in disobedience to God, we must pray that God would remove it from our mind. We must take the time to look to His Word and preach to ourself about why this thought is wrong and what God would have us replace it with.
If we find that a thought pattern is beginning to develop, this is proof that we've not been diligent enough in battling the flesh daily. We must examine our life to see if there is some sin or presence in our life that is feeding this sinful pattern. Most likely, there is. But, in some cases its just our rotten nature showing up. These patterns must be stopped. If we allow them to continue, they will only grow. To stop them, we must resolve to seriously search the Scriptures, memorize Scriptures the Lord lays on our hearts, pray, confess, and find accountability.
This is where the rubber meets the road. If we don't make our thoughts obedient to Christ, it won't be long before we realize that the space between Christ and ourselves has become a weed patch that we have planted.
However, if we crucify the flesh each day we will find only a few weeds growing here and there in our glorious garden of life where it can truly be said that we walk and talk with God all the time.