..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Devotions From The Heart: Listening to Yourself

by Pastor Derek Gitsham

For as he thinketh in his heart,
so he is. Proverbs 23:7

Our thoughts play a tremendous place in our
life as believers that we really need to heed
to them. So much so that Solomon says in the
Proverbs that what we think is what we are.

The Lord Jesus clearly reveals by His life
on earth that His mind was harnessed by
self-discipline and not allowed to think
anything that came into it. Often we get
confused as to where we are spiritually,
but all that is needed is for the heart
to listen to what its thinking.

Jesus said, “Out of the heart proceedeth
evil thoughts”. Christ tells us that God
destroyed the earth in Noah’s day because
the thoughts and imaginations of men’s
hearts were only evil continually. One
of the great tests that the Lord has done
a work in the new believer, is the way he
thinks has been changed.

Repentance means a change of mind and,
of course, it should mean a change of
mind literally in all the ways we think.
We are bombarded every day by thoughts
reaching us externally. Many of these
thoughts are not particularly relevant
to our life in God. There are other
thoughts that are relevant, and we need
to captivate these thoughts and allow
them into our minds for the purpose of
being who the Lord designs us to be.
A man is what he believes. So it is
important that we do not believe anything.

God’s Word is full of words for our
thoughts to dwell upon. His word
insists that thinking requires obedience
as well as other things in our life may
require it.

Jesus obeyed the Father in His mind. We need
to do the same if we are to gain the victory
in our lives. Thinking clear and pure thoughts
can be ours if we choose to be obedient to
God in our minds. Read 2 Corinthians 10:5:
“Casting down the imagination and every
high thing that exalteth itself against
the knowledge of God, and bringing into
captivity every thought to the obedience
of Christ.”

This is a mind at perfect peace with God.

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