Beloved: Grace and Peace
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How We Are to Think
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Genesis 8:21 records the LORD's words following Noah's sacrifice after the flood. "And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart
Grace to you.
evil from his youth;
neither will I again smite any more every living thing, as I have done." From our youth our imaginations are not a good thing.
Proverbs 23:7 tells us, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so
he: . . . ." As a man thinks
in his heart, so he is. We become what we think.
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" (2 Corinthians 10:5). Paul shows us that imaginations are some of the high things which exalt themselves against God and are tied with our thoughts.
Paul tells the Roman church and us, "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think
more highly than he ought to
think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith" (Romans 12:3). We must be wary of thinking highly of ourselves, and train ourselves to think soberly using the measure of faith. In other words, do our thoughts measure up against faith.
In Philippians, Paul sums up his teachings to the church:
just, whatsoever things
pure, whatsoever things
lovely, whatsoever things
of good report; if
any virtue, and if
any praise, think on these things. Those things which ye have both learned,
and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
A friend of mine speaks of "stinking thinking." When the thinker is a stinker, change your thinking, for as we think, so we are.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
- Philippians 4:8-9