Proverbs 4:23

What’s on Your Mind Matters

We must never ignore the fact that the thoughts we focus on and keep in our minds make a great difference in the way we live, talk, and behave.  Scriptures are very clear that thoughts direct our emotions, desires, attitudes, and conduct in general. (Matthew 12:34-35)

Just as we heed the warning signs while driving down the highway, we must exercise great caution in the thoughts that we entertain and allow to stay in our mind.

We can adjust our thoughts by:
1.  Being thankful (I Thessalonians 5:18)
2.  Focusing in and on the Word of God (Psalm 119:11)
3.  Confessing sins of wrong thoughts (I John 1:9)
4.  Feeding our mind good and godly thoughts (Colossians 3:2-4)
5.  Guarding our mind (Proverbs 4:23)

A wise person has said that “every path has a destination” and that is true with thoughts as well.  Thinking wrong, unkind, sinful, or depressing thoughts will lead to a destination of regret and bondage.  We must obey the Lord, guard our mind, and keep our thoughts focused on that which is good, God-honoring, and wise.  I Corinthians 10:31

Pay Attention

Just as these students at BTM in India are paying attention to all that is happening in the classroom, we must pay close attention to all that enters our heart and mind.

The apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6 that we are in a daily battle, and our goal should be to live godly in this present world.  The tricks and schemes of the enemy generally do not come in obvious and open matters.  This is why we are warned in the Word to “guard the heart.”  It is when small concessions to sin and thoughts of fleshly pleasures enter the mind/heart that the life door opens to regret and bondage.

The alert believer must pay attention and guard the heart lest the process of drifting away from the truths and disciplines of Scripture is set into progress.  Almost unknowingly this “little” thought or sin begins to grow and consume the life.  This gradual allure, if not stopped, leads to a life of disaster and ruin in the trap of the enemy.

“A little indulgence here or there is tolerable enough to excuse without bombarding ourselves with guilt. Slowly but surely, each little departure takes us further and further away from the purity of heart that God intends for us.”  Tim LaHaye

A Healthy Meal

These needy children in Zambia are enjoying a healthy meal prepared by the African Encounter team and other volunteers. 

The importance of eating healthy food is constantly emphasized today, and certainly one would want to follow wise and knowledgeable advice.  However, just as this is true with our physical bodies, we should also be very concerned about what we are “feeding” our mind and inner person. 

The Apostle Paul instructs in Philippians 4:8 on what we should “feed” our mind.  One often wonders why their spiritual life seems weak and filled with trouble.  Well, maybe it is because of what is filling the mind/heart.  Instead of “eating” a good meal of spiritual intake from the Word, the inner person is filled with ideas, thoughts, philosophies, and ways of the world. 

It is important that one takes time daily to read and meditate in and on the Word of God.  This then prompts the careful believer to examine and change their life according to the Word in obedience to God. 

Yes, it does make a difference what one “feeds” their heart and mind.