Scripture for the day: Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
My pastor gave an excellent sermon Sunday about our thought life. It was very relevant for me. Sometimes in my mind I am critical of something someone does or says, but I just smile and say nothing. Sometimes those little thoughts take over my mind and multiply. It’s pretty obvious they don’t come from God but from satan. They are poisonous to me, but too often I don’t run from them. I tolerate them.
They start innocently enough, small, seemingly harmless but quite deadly. From that little thought comes a decision to act on the thought or not. I usually don’t act on them, but the poison is there. The problem is they can grow, become a habit. Once they are habitual, they have a home. I become comfortable with them, hardly notice them, and they settle in.
I spent some time in prayer and decided it was time to clean! I took out my broom and dust pan and got busy . I not only swept the main hallways of my heart, but I checked the nooks and crannies. There were several nasty thoughts hidden there, and I caught them off guard. I swept them into my dust pan and tossed them into the trash.
I took a look at the windows of my heart. They were a little cloudy from negativity, so I started cleaning and polishing the windows. Soon, they were clean and glistening, and the heavenly sunlight was flooding in. In 2 Corinthians 4:6 it says “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Negative thoughts are sneaky little critters, though. They’ll climb out of the trash and try to sneak back into my mind. They will cover my windows with a gray film and block the light. I’m armed now, though, standing on God’s Word. Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” I want God’s peace in my life, and I want to think on His things. My cleaning today was good. I will keep my Bible handy, though, just in case any of those negative critters try to make a comeback.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” A stronghold is simply a devilish idea and I must attack it with the sword of the Spirit and fight. It is an ongoing battle, but I will be victorious in Him.
Proverbs 4:23 says “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” I will win. I will bring my mind, heart and soul under the control of God. Those little dust bunnies can just stay in the trash.
Song for the day: “Heavenly Sunlight”