Whatcha Thinkin’?

I made the mistake some weeks back of saying what I was thinking… The truth is, what I meant to say, or not say anything at all, was not in line with the thoughts coursing through my mind. Also, the thoughts I had were not life giving, wholesome thoughts. I was angry and try as I may to restrain it, my angry thoughts came out through my words. I will admit, I was beyond mortified and learned a valuable lesson in the process.

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:7 KJV

We are exactly what we think. Our thoughts tend to come from what we feed ourselves. I’m not talking about the broccoli or fries debate. Rather, what we watch, read, the company we keep, the conversations we entertain. We are constantly feeding ourselves and as the old songs says, “Input, output. What goes in is what comes out… Daily you must choose.”

Are we feeding ourselves with the fruit and meat of God or of this world?

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6 KJV

The easy answer, especially when upset, is to choose to believe that we are at war with the flesh. But this simply is not so. We are at war with imaginations, or thoughts, and everything trying to take God’s place in our hearts and lives. We are instructed to cast, or throw, these down and bring our thoughts into submission to the obedience of Christ and His Word.

I forgot, for a moment, that my battle was not with the people, or situation, that I allowed myself to get worked up and heated over. If our battle is not with fleshly things, people, situations, neither are our weapons. I was reminded in the moment of my offense that: A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NIV

We have a choice to make, two paths when faced with any temptation: the broad (often characterized by anger, lust, sin…) or the narrow (characterized by love, following God’s Word, mercy, compassion, turning the other cheek). I understood when I was faced with my own temptation to resort to anger that the wide gated, broad path is so easy that it takes really no effort at all to pass through. We must remember that it leads to destruction. However, the narrow path is rewarding. The narrow path is not easy. It takes the fruit of the Spirit to pass through it. And this narrow gated path leads us to life.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 KJV

While we cannot necessarily control our thoughts, we have some say over what pops into our minds. When we submit our will to Christ Jesus’ will, we allow His Holy Spirit to come in and not only change our hearts, but transform us from the inside, out by making our minds new. This truly is the only way to do what is right, in every situation, and acceptable in God’s sight.

13 comments

  1. Uplifting! I went through the same mistake around mid-June. I did not react nor put it out in time. It affect me very much. I kind of lost myself a bit. But I think I somehow get through it now… Blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad you were able to get through it. We all have difficulties. I’m sorry that you lost yourself for a bit there. I appreciate seeing your work. God bless you and your family.

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  2. I agree that we are what we think. However, we are not above sin even after accepting Christ as our Savior. The sinful nature will always pop up, and the “enemy” of our soul will use it in a flash. The proof of your faith is that you realized your slip of the tongue and repented. That is a tribute to the Holy Spirit Who dwells within you and is always giving wisdom and council. Your post is well stated and we all are in the ring with the boxing gloves on from time to time, in difficult situations.
    Praise God for the reality of canceled sin in our lives because of Jesus. Have a wonderful day, Jessy.

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    1. I agree, we are not above sin. It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 6 where Paul speaks of the nature of sin, he speaks of what he wants to do, he does not and what he doesn’t want to do, those are the things he does. I thank God that because of the blood of Jesus and the precious Holy Spirit we have conviction and we are forgiven. Truth is, as you mentioned, we live in a fallen world and on this side of eternity, we will continue to fall and miss the mark. What we do when that happens is what matters.
      Falling is tough. We don’t want to fail Jesus, and thankfully, He is so full of grace and mercy and love and compassion. God bless you, Mary!

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    1. I grew up listening to this song. It’s still a favorite of mine. The message is still relevant for all of us! Thanks for stopping by, Pastor Pete!

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  3. Well stated, Jessy B. I lost it too for a bit yesterday. My less than gentle answer did NOT turn away wrath. It’s so important to submit to God every moment! Thank you for such a good word. God Bless!

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    1. Thanks David. Well, I can definitely relate and I hope the situation was quickly resolved. Even when I’m not on the *wisest* end of the Proverbs, I find the wisdom of the Bible so amazing. God and His Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever! And yes, we must submit to God every moment. God bless!

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