Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Romans 8:6 “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.”
Guard your heart, your thoughts and your mind! Why? Because whatever you dwell on becomes reality. If you dwell on sin, sooner or later, sin becomes reality. If you dwell on negative thoughts, sooner or later those negative things happen. Why? Because whatever you dwell on, you give power to! That is why the Bible says to meditate on the Word of God.
By meditating on God’s Word, you give the Word of God power in your life. By meditating and thinking on His Word, we begin to believe it! If we believe God means what He says, we can soon testify to the power of His Words. God is faithful to perform His Word! The Bible says He watches over it to perform it!
We have complete control over what we allow to remain in our thoughts. When we recognize negative words or thoughts that are contrary to the Word of God, we are responsible to take every thought captive. We must remove those thoughts and replace them with right thoughts; thoughts of life, truth, peace, and the power of God.
We must be diligent to guard our gates and what we allow to enter our being. We must walk away from those who speak death. We must turn off the TV program that puts fleshly thoughts in our mind. We must close the book that speaks against the sanctity of our marriage. We must guard our thoughts and our minds with such diligence and persistence that we are ever mindful of our surroundings and what is being said and heard and what our eyes take in.
Those who speak negative things to us and about us must be silenced. I know what you’re thinking! A knuckle sandwich would work nicely! But I’m talking about denouncing that word by openly speaking life in their presence and then removing yourself from their presence! A counter attack by speaking the Word of the Lord to them, to yourself, and to the enemy! Then walk away in the power of the All-powerful! Don’t let the enemy shame you into keeping quiet. Don’t be shy – they aren’t too shy to speak death then you don’t be too shy to speak life! That doesn’t mean you start an argument. That means you end the conversation.
Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Everything you do flows directly from the well-spring of your heart. Whatever is allowed to reside there comes forth. We are responsible to guard it.
Romans 8:6 “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” When we set your mind on things of the Spirit we are setting ourselves up for life and peace. We invite peace into our lives by dwelling on and thinking the right things. The Book of Philippians tells us what to dwell on. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” We have clear instruction on what our minds should dwell on. And we have clear instruction on what happens when we dwell on the negative, worldly thoughts of the enemy.
So today, decide what you want to have power over you! What do you want to dictate your life? Who do you believe? Give that voice precedence in your mind and thoughts so that out of your heart flows living water!
John 7:38, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
If you will notice, we have full control of our thought life. We have full control of what voice we listen to. We have full control as to what has power over us!
What has power over you?