Text for Today – Proverbs 23:7 – For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he . . .
Thoughts. How incredibly power they are! In our present day, so much has been written about the mind, or the soul of man, and yet there still seems to be a true shortage of understanding concerning the trinity of man. Man is a spirit, he has a soul, and he lives in a body. The spirit of the man is that which is born of God. The soul is comprised of the mind, will, intellect, and emotions. The body is his earth suit. Without your body, you simply cannot remain here in the earth. to be absent from the body, according the Apostle Paul, is to e present with your Lord.
Look closely at our Text for Today. It does not say, as a man thinking in his mind, but “as a man thinks in his heart.” Thoughts may originate in one’s mind, but they have their greatest potential when they enter into a man’s spirit, into the heart of man, where they can be sown, take root, and produce fruit.
Have you ever considered the soil? It will generally produce whatever you plant in it; good or bad. Wheat, corn, and poison ivy can grow in the same soil. Lilies and thorns can grow in the same soil. Desert soil can become an oasis, and an oasis can become a desert. What makes the difference? Assuming water is available in sufficient quantity, one thing makes the difference; the seed sown.
In the human mind seeds are sown in so many ways. Spoken words, written words, and pictures (worth a thousand words) sow thoughts in our mind. When you speak a thought, you take it. That’s what Jesus said. He said, “Take no thought saying…” Now you might say, “But thoughts come so quickly, and from everywhere.” Or you might say, “I can’t stop them from coming.” An old adage from country folks says, “You can’t stop birds (thoughts) from flying over your head, but you don’t have to let then nest in your hair (heart).”
You must control thoughts when they come, capturing them in the authority of Jesus. Remember, Jesus is the Word. So, to bring a thought into captivity of Jesus Christ is to bring it under the authority of the Word. How do you capture a thought? You capture a thought by speaking God’s Word over it. If the thought is in agreement with the Word, it will be sown into your spirit to produce fruit. If it is not in agreement with the Word, it will be cast down for trampling under foot. So, if you want to change your life for the better, get your thought life under control, and make sure the controlling element is the Word of God. And don’t become slack in your work. Remain diligent on a daily basis in the work of renewing your mind.
Manna for Today – Philippians 3; Philippians 4:4-8; Matthew 6:24-34; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Romans 12:2