THE REAL YOU -- YOUR THOUGHT LIFE
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he . . ."
It is possible to go through the outward motions of being a Christian and be backslidden in our hearts: "The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways . . ." (Proverbs 14:14).
Israel never did bodily turn back to Egypt after they left their bondage, but "in their hearts" they did (Acts 7:39). God commanded them to remember the day that He brought them out of their bondage, and remember also that it was His strong hand that had delivered them (Exodus 13:3). Their minds should have been filled with excitement concerning their future. Instead they were always looking backwards to many things they had left behind:
"We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes" (Numbers 11:5-6).
Nothing at all, besides this manna! What was the manna that they complained
about? It was the miracle bread that God sent from heaven every day
(except on the sabbath--God gave an extra day's supply the day before
the sabbath). Every day they could go outside their tents and find this
constant reminder of the Lord's divine provision--yet they soon despised
it! What was worse, they also forgot the bondage in Egypt that had been
theirs, because their flesh longed for that which they had left behind.
Satan was cast out of heaven for his wrong thoughts:"How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning: how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds: I will be like the most high" (Isaiah 14:12-14).
Wrong thoughts will keep God from answering our prayers: "If
I regard iniqutiy in my heart, the Lord will not hear me"
The Bible is very careful to let us know the chief reason for David's sin--idleness. He was supposed to be battling against the enemy, but he chose to let someone else do that. Instead, he remained in Jerusalem. Eveningtide is the time between the set of the sun and bedtime. The fact that David arose from his bed to take a walk at that time of day, shows us the idleness of his mind. When temptation came, he could not resist it. One sin soon led to another, and David had to pay dearly for his failures.
When did David actually lose control of the situation, before he called
for Bathsheba, or after? The mind is the battleground of the soul. Every
sin has its origin or beginning in the mind. The battle is either won
or lost there!
If you allow your mind to be caught up with worldly things, soon you
will be worldly. If you meditate upon spiritual things, you will become
spiritual (Romans 8:6).
HOW DO WE CONTROL OUR THINKING?
Be careful what you feed your mind. That is what your thoughts will be about. What you read, what you listen to and see--is all being stored away in your memory and becomes a part of your thought life--the real you!
The kind of Christian you really are is largely determined by the books and literature you read, the kind of music you listen to, gossip, etc., and every other thing you allow to enter your thought life. Before you feed your mind something, ask yourself, "Will it pass this test?"
1. Is it true and honest?
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