“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalms 19:14)
In the previous devotion, we dealt with our speech; what we let come out of our mouth; and is it acceptable in the Lord’s sight. Now, we want to deal with our thoughts, and see if they are acceptable in the Lord’s sight. We have all heard the old cliché: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” What are you thinking?
Proverbs 23:7a says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” The Child of God has to be very attentive unto his thoughts. It is so easy for our minds to reflect or to wander off on other things that are not pleasing to God and are damaging to us spiritually. We should always keep our minds pure and our thoughts holy.
Jesus, in the Book of Matthew says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is evident that our mind must stay focused on God for us to love Him in this capacity.
We are transformed into the image of God by the renewing of our minds, that we may be able to prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2). Paul instructs us in the Book of Philippians, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
The Child of God should have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16); and his meditation should be in God’s Law or in His Word (Psalms 1:1-3; 119:97, 113). If we would just keep our thoughts pure, we would be less likely to fall into temptation. The mind is the battlefield in which a war takes place.
When bad thoughts enter our mind, we must use what is called the “Principle of Replacement.” Our thoughts can have such a hold on us, that it seems impossible to defeat them; oh, but we can. Listen to the instructions Paul gives us concerning our thought pattern: “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations (our thoughts), 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 10:4-5).
Let the Word of God be your authority in your thought life; then you can be an overcomer in your thought life. You can walk in obedience in every area of your life, if you would take heed to the Word of God.
So dear Christian, What are you thinking? Is it acceptable in the Lord’s sight?