For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you. Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
What thoughts are you allowing your mind to think? That seems like an odd question to me. Why is that? Your question seems to imply that I can control what I allow my mind to think. You do have the power to control what you allow your mind to think. Your mind is not held captive to whatever thought comes into it. You can decide to think or not think about something. That hardly seems possible to me. Why is that? In deciding I will not think about something won’t I be thinking about it? No, you can decide to leave unwanted and unhelpful, worldly and sinful thoughts behind you. I would like to do that.
Let’s be very clear about something. What’s that? The thoughts that you allow your heart to think will guide the entire course of your life. Your thoughts will become your words and your words will become your deeds. Your thoughts and words and deeds will add up to be the quality and character of your life. Your thoughts and words and deeds will determine all that you will think, say and do. So, what I allow my mind to think is a very important issue. I will need to take control of all my thoughts and words and deeds. Let’s talk more about that. I would like to do that.
You said that seemed hardly possible that you could decide what you will and will not think. Yes, I did. You were almost right about that. Why was I not completely right. You should have said, it is impossible for me to control the thoughts of my mind. Then I would have agreed with you. Now, I am confused. On your own, with your own power, using your efforts alone, you will not be able to control the thoughts of your mind. That’s what I thought. But, didn’t want to say it. Why is that? I didn’t want to admit defeat. Don’t admit defeat. Admit that you need my help. Come to rely on me. Let me change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. Let me give you new thoughts to think. I would like that.
How will you change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life? How will you give me new thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do? I will use my word. Let my word dwell in your heart and mind. Allow my word to guide your life. Meditate on my word day and night. My word will be like a sword to fight in you, with you and for you. My word will make you able to think my thoughts and walk in my ways. My word will make you able to think thoughts, speak words and do deeds that are pleasing to me. Will you allow my word to dwell in your heart and mind and life? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will become the person I have called you to be. Then you will live the life I have called you to live. That is what I want. That is very good.
Lord, help me to think thoughts that please you. I want your thoughts to guide the thoughts of my heart, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Transform my thoughts so I will think and speak and act in ways that are consistent with your will and ways. Amen
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