“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Solomon was warning his readers that when a person offers you something, it is really important to know their motives. Solomon made the wise observation that what a person really thinks in his heart or inner thoughts, is his true motive. The same is true of us. What we think in our inner self, what we say in our self talk when nobody is around, is what really shapes us. This is why Paul talked about the inner dialog so much. In today’s passage he tells us to focus our thoughts on those qualities that God would have us focus on, those positive thoughts that reflect His presence in our life. He says to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. But it is not enough just to enter good thoughts, we need to battle those feelings, thoughts and core beliefs that are contrary to God and His word. He writes in II Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Today, slow down and listen to what you are really thinking. Listen to your inner voice, your feelings and self talk. This is where the battle for who we really are is won or lost. As attitudes, beliefs, assumptions, motives or emotions are discovered, check to see if they align up to Biblical standards. If not, talk to God about it. Confess and renounce “every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Today, ask God to change you from the inside out.
Father, You know who I really am. You know who I need to be. Please expose my hidden self to me so I can apply Your word to my thinking and be the person You want me to be.
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