Tuesday, January 25, 2011

You Are What You Think

Proverbs 23:7 says: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. (KJV) Now this translation, while typical, is not exactly correct. A better version is from the Jewish Study Bible: He is like one keeping accounts; "Eat and drink," he says to you, But he does not really mean it. (JPS) The study notes reveal: "Dinner with a stingy man is an occasion of hypocrisy on all sides and is nauseating." The point is that the stingy man says one thing, but really thinks another. However, there is a principle still here. The Hebrew word for "think" is sa ar and it means "to cleave, to divide, but it took on the meaning of to calculate, to estimate, to set a price on. The meaning was transferred to the sense of judging something, thereby setting a price to it." The word means to separate. You separate one thing from another in your mind.

You can think success or failure. You can think overcoming or defeat. You can think that you can do all things through Jesus Christ, or you can think you can't. You can think Jesus has defeated the enemy or you can think the battle is still in play. You can think that you have the power of Jesus' name and His authority or you can think you don't. You see that you have a choice. Your thoughts will divide one thing from another. You can think success or you can think failure. Your words will be the child of your thoughts. Yeshua (Jesus) said: "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." There are no accidents on the lips. You may have not meant to say it, but it still what you were thinking.

If we are going to be shining lights for God, we need to clean up our thinking. We do this by having our thoughts agree with God's thoughts. God's thoughts are found in His Word. By reading and meditating, i.e muttering, His Word throughout the day our minds will be transformed. Our thoughts will become His thoughts. When that happens, it is the Word of God that will proceed from our mouths. We are what we think. I would prefer to be in line with God. The choice is before us.

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