Guard your thoughts
November 4 Tuesday
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
Your mind is so vitally important because what happens to it determines what you become or receive in life. Jesus said “Take no thought, saying …” which shows that, what you think is what you say and what you say is what you become. For as a man thinketh in his heart so is he (Prov. 23:7). If you think the wrong thoughts, you will say the wrong things and you will reap what you really do not want. The Message translation of the scripture above reads: “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts” Did you see that? Keep vigilant watch because what you feed your mind with is what you will become. Be careful of the things you read and the programs you watch on television, because they take root in your heart and before long, the things you see regularly you begin to talk about and within a very short time you begin to act them out.
However, that does not mean that certain wrong thoughts will not stray into your mind from time to time – of course they will, but, when that happens, don’t dwell on it. Immediately cast it out with the word of God. For example, if a thought flies through your mind about death, don’t just wave it aside, refuse it, declare to yourself – “I will live and not die to declare the works of God’. If a thought comes about failing an examination, immediately declare to yourself that you are the head and not the tail, a success and not a failure. One thing becomes clear from these examples. If you are going to cast down every wrong thought, then you must have the word of God needed to counter the wrong thought.
Take time to study the word of God. Read it morning, afternoon and evening. Thank God for technology, you can now carry it around in your laptop and on your phone so that you can readily feed on the word. Job 23:12 says, “I have treasured your word more than my necessary food”. How have you treasured His word? You cannot afford to think the wrong thoughts in the day and hour we live in because the devil, like a wounded lion, is looking for whom to devour – give him no room.
Further reading: Job 23: 10-12; Ps. 119:9-16 Daily Bible Reading: Morning Jeremiah 32-33, Evening Hebrews 1