How Do I Respond to Blasphemous Thoughts?

Desiring God | 11/19/2018 | John Piper
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All of us experience it: blasphemous thoughts about God emerge in our minds. So where do these thoughts come from? And how do we respond? The question comes in from a listener named Hayden.

“Dear Pastor John, for seven long years, I’ve had hard thoughts of Christ. There have been good seasons in which I have been overwhelmed with the beauty and grace of Christ, and there have been indescribably painful seasons where he seems so disappointed with me that I have been driven well nigh to despair. Often I fear that I am the wicked servant who said of the master, ‘I was afraid, because I knew you were a hard man’ (Luke 19:21). Then I fear that I am not saved at all because I don’t perceive Jesus correctly.

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“I want to treasure Christ above all, but I often fear that I don’t, because these thoughts harass me. I have confessed all known sin in my life, and I have cried out to God repeatedly. What is wrong with me? How should I approach this situation biblically? What are specific Scripture passages that you would direct me to when the hard thoughts about Christ arrive?”

Hayden says, “There are thoughts that harass me,” and specifically thoughts that Christ is a hard master — hard thoughts about Christ. So there are two issues it seems to me. I want to address both of them.

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What do you do when thoughts harass you?

What do you do when you believe or think that Christ is a hard master?

Thoughts

So first, what about harassing thoughts?

Be careful not to make too much of thoughts that enter your mind. It seems to me that Satan’s main strategy for ruining people is by deceiving them, either by seeding destructive thoughts in their minds, or by influencing us to deal with...
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