(Pro 23:7) “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
Child of God, ask yourself at the start of your day: Where are my thoughts? Your thoughts are very important, from the time you open your eyes each morning, to the time you close your eyes and give way to sleep. The reason is simple, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Pro 23:7a). This statement in Prov. 23:7a is a very sobering perception of the weight of your thoughts and their end. Is Solomon saying, ‘I am what I am thinking’? The answer is yes.
Jesus made it very plain:
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (19) For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: (20) These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” (Mat 15:18-20)
Therefore, it is not what comes out that defiles the man, but the source (or the heart of man; or the mind of man) of what comes out of the mouth that defiles the man. Thus, a person needs to hear the fruits that flow out of his mouth, and take note of the nature of his actions, these also reveal what is in his heart or mind; for the deeds done come from the inward motives, or from the desires of the heart.
Therefore, today examine your actions in light of the Source (the mind, or the heart, and its thoughts). Ask yourself, Why am I so bitter; so combative; so defensive; so full of evil thoughts? Why am I always looking over my neighbor’s fence and find myself full of envy and full of covetousness of his position in life, his wealth, his whatever…? Why am I not satisfied with my wife, my life, my whatever…?
May I suggest to you that the problem is not someone else; the problem lies in the nature, or condition, of your heart. There is no middle ground really; even though our justifying department in our mind tries to make one. Your heart, or mind, or spirit, is either ruled by the “old man, which is corrupt according the deceitful lusts” (Eph. 4:22); or by the “new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:24).
So, the problem is easily solved: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” There should be no surprise in your actions today; for your thoughts tell the truth about who is the ruler in your heart.