There is a great difference between a seed and a process, yet their connection is unfathomable.
Proverbs 23:7a – For as he (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he: (parenthetical insertion is mine)
Let’s establish some basic parameters at the beginning today. A thought is a seed. Thinking is a process. A thought is the seed that is planted that makes the process of thinking possible. Having a thought does not mean one is thinking, but thinking is clear indication that one has a thought. However, that does not mean the thought (seed) is a good one. If one cannot identify the thought (seed), then one can know the fruit that will be produced through the process of thinking. For instance, if you have a seed that is unidentified, you do not know what to expect as the end-product of the process of growing the seed, nor do you know how to properly tend to the seed (watering and fertilizing), what it will look like through the process, or the appearance of the fruit (if any) that will be produced. Such is the work of the thought life that arises from the seed and the process of growing the fruit it will produce.
That is why the Word of God is so keenly important in our life. We KNOW and can rest fully assured that any seed from the Word of God will produce fruit that is pleasing to Father, fruit that is healing and provisioning in nature, bringing forth life and light, and nourishing to the human spirit. As one grows in the spirit, one can begin to recognize more quickly and easily if the thought (seed) that comes will produce fruit that is pleasing to Father and beneficial to one’s personal life and the lives of those around him. Here we should clearly recognize the massive importance of “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Thoughts that are not brought into the captivity of Christ can potentially bring forth destructive, poisonous, life-threatening fruit of which the believer may not be aware, not knowing the nature of the seed planted.
Thinking is a process that possesses potential power beyond belief. The right thoughts can be processed to bring forth blessings beyond any mortal comprehension. Likewise, wrong thoughts can do the same thing in producing that which curses the life of the believer. It is precisely because thinking is such a powerful process that the Word of God so often addresses that process. That is why we are commanded to renew our minds, for it is in the renewing of one’s mind that we prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. It is up to you, the individual believer, to allow the mind of Christ (the anointed One) to dwell (take up permanent residence) in you, so your thinking can be ordered to that which is pure, honest, just, lovely, true, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. When your thinking operates at that level, just imagine the outcome of our Text for Today.
Manna for Today – Proverbs 23:1-16; Joshua 1:8; Proverbs 4:20-23; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Romans 12:2