Be Careful What You Think

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Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life  (Proverbs 4:23, ERV).

One day, some of the Pharisees and scribes noticed that Jesus’ disciples didn’t perform the hand washing ritual before eating bread.  To them, the disciples were eating with unclean and defiled hands.  When they asked why they didn’t keep the ancient tradition, Jesus said, It’s not what goes in a man that defiles him because what you eat doesn’t go to the heart.  It goes in the belly and then comes out.  It’s what comes out of him that defiles him  (Mark 7:15,19).  They were so concerned about hands, but God is more concerned about our hearts.  For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart  (1 Samuel 16:7).

It’s not what you eat, but it’s what you think that affects your soul (mind, will and emotions).  It’s those evil things that are in your heart (evil thoughts, fornication, adultery, murder, stealing, wanting what belongs to someone else, wickedness, lying, promiscuity, envy, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness)  that defiles you (Mark 7:21-23). These things not only destroy your soul, but they also destroy families, marriages and churches.

Satan doesn’t have enough power to hold you back.  It’s what’s you are holding in your heart that is holding you back. If you take a moment to think about what you’ve been thinking about lately, you will realize that your thoughts are the reason why you are up today and down tomorrow.  It is the reason why you’re in today and out tomorrow.  It is the reason why you go back and forth.  It is the reason why you can’t make up your mind.

A double minded man is unstable in all  his (or her) ways.  He is unreliable, uncertain and undecided.  He doesn’t know what he wants, he is not sure what he should do, and he doesn’t know who he should be. He is divided between the love of the Father and love of the world.  He is divided between his will and the will of the Father.  He is like the church in Laodicea.  He is lukewarm and serves God halfheartedly.

James never said that God doesn’t hear the prayers of the double-minded.  It’s not that God doesn’t hear you.  He just can’t trust you.  Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord  (James 1:7).

The good news is that James gives us a solution for double-mindedness.  Purify your hearts  (James 4:8).  The word of God is truth and we are sanctified (clean) by the truth.  Philippians 4:8 also tells us what things to think on.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

What you think is what you become so be careful what you think on.

Prayer: Father, forgive our sins. Forgive us for sinning against our own bodies. We renounce evil thoughts, fornication, adultery, murder, stealing, covetousness, wickedness, lying, promiscuity, envy, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.  Create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us.  Wash us again. Restore our souls. I command every thought and every plant that our Heavenly Father has not planted to be rooted up out of our hearts, minds and souls. Lord, make us stable in all our ways. Help us to walk in perfect love and in forgiveness. Make us men and women after Your heart, in Jesus’ name. Amen.