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Diligently Keeping Our Hearts
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. How important are our thoughts and our thinking? Proverbs 23:7 tells us, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he . . . ." The Lord Jesus teaches His disciples and us, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile a man" (Matthew 15:18). Luke records that Jesus teaches, "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh" (Luke 6:45).
Grace to you.
What these truths show us is that what we think will find its way out of our mouths, and the things we think determine what we become. From the time the Lord Jesus rose from the grave until the future time of Revelation, the adversary has no power. All he has is authority and only that authority which we grant to the liar. That is why he works so hard to get us to believe the lies.
We are admonished to:
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it
the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23).
"And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;" (Ephesians 4:23).
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
just, whatsoever things
pure, whatsoever things
lovely, whatsoever things
of good report; if
any virtue, and if
any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8).
We see that our thinking determines what we become. We see that our mouth reveals what is in our hearts. That is why we must keep our hearts with all diligence. How do we keep our hearts? By renewing our minds and thinking on those things which are true (what is true?), honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtue, and praise-worthy.
Do you know where the battle is fought? The battle is fought in the thoughts. One night I was unable to sleep. I was struggling with my thoughts. It wasn't until I spoke out loud this verse: "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety" (Psalm 4:8) and called on the Lord that shortly after I fell asleep.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare
not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of
strongholds;) 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.
Our God has given us mighty weapons for the destruction of strongholds, for casting down imaginations, for casting down every high thing which exalts itself against the knowledge of God, for bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, for revenging all disobedience. These weapons are activated whenever we make our obedience complete. Part of making our obedience complete is thinking the right thoughts.
"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think
more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith" (Romans 12:3).
Do you ever become weary of being you? I do. What does the Scripture say? Romans 12:1-2 tells us, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, but the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what
that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God."
It has been said, "unconditional surrender brings undeniable transformation." Whenever we surrender our bodies to God and yield our minds to Him, we will be transformed by His presence.
Paul tells us, "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:22-24).
We are to replace our former behaviors (which were corrupt according to deceitful, selfish desires) with new behaviors which results from renewing the thinking of our mind. We are to follow after God for which we were made new creations in righteousness and genuine holiness (set apart from and to). This happens as we change our thinking.
Unconditional surrender brings undeniable transformation.
- a series compilation
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-6