He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil. Proverbs 17:20 NKJV
My heart lies to me. So does yours. Jeremiah tells us this: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
Negative thoughts are from Satan. We don’t see things as they really are. That’s why I must test my thoughts. Thankfully, God gives us wonderful Scripture to help us measure our thoughts. Let’s take a look at a few:
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. Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV
We see in this verse that we are to think on true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtue, and praiseworthy things. If it doesn’t fit one of these categories we are to abandon the thought.
…that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV
We see from this verse we are responsible to put off our old conduct and to put on a new nature that is created in righteousness and holiness.
Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:25-32 NKJV
In this section of Scripture we are shown practical examples of living by the Spirit and how it might look as we interact with other people in our lives.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 NKJV
This verse clearly tells us only those with a pure heart will see God. So think about this. If our thoughts are not aligned with the verses we’ve looked at so far, how easy do you think it will be to see God working in our lives let alone get our thoughts thinking about God?
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10 NKJV
Again we see practical test to see if we really are walking worthy of our calling. Do we see the fruit of the Spirit in our lives? If not, why? We should be seeking what is acceptable to the Lord in all we do.
Father God, thank you for helping us recognize thoughts not pleasing to you. Thank you for your word to guide us in righteousness and truth. In we pray. Amen.