From the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks
(paraphrase of Luke 6:45, Matthew 12:34)
As Christians, it is our duty to speak the truth in all that we say. If you have grown up in a righteous household then your parents have doubtless done their best to instill in you the idea that you must always tell the truth, and to lie is a sin. Ephesians 4:15 tells us how to grow more like Christ by speaking the “truth in love.” Honesty and truthfulness are essential elements of the Christian life.
But being truthful goes much further than simply speaking with integrity. Have you ever considered the importance of thinking the truth? After all, what you say and do stems from your thoughts. It is one thing to say something, but takes more to truly believe it. This is such an important concept, because we are constantly being bombarded with the devil’s lies, at times even without our knowing it. It is so easy for Satan to plant a seed of deception in a person’s heart, and his lies sometimes feel easier to believe than the truth.
Have you ever told yourself something and, even though you knew it wasn’t true. decided to believe it anyway? It is especially hard to stem the flow of negative thoughts when you’re having a bad day, and in a short time you can fill your mind with all sorts of dark, unhappy, soul-sucking thoughts. and often, those negative thoughts you’re feeding your mind are self-deprecating. You can allow yourself to be so quickly convinced of something, even if that thought isn’t true, until all that’s good and wholesome in your mind turns gray. That is the danger when you aren’t constantly putting good, truthful thoughts in your mind. How we think affects so much of our lives. Proverbs 23:7 says that the way a man thinks reveals who he really is. You don’t want to be pulled down by the devil’s lies, lies like, “I’m not good enough,” or, “I can’t do anything right,” or, “I can’t do it,” or even, “He/she is so much better than me, why try?”
When the devil tries to get us discouraged by sneaking these kinds of lies our way, it is our responsibility to nip them in the bud immediately and replace them with truth. You cannot honor God when your stream of thought is constantly running through a rut of negativity and self-deception that pulls you and others around you down. You have to cultivate and train yourself to perform the challenge of thinking truth. All the time.
But how can you harness your thoughts to dwell continuously on what is real and true and good? Like living the Christian life, it takes constant vigilance and does not happen automatically. So here are some practical and liberating prescriptions for filling your mind with wholesome, true thoughts:
Take your thoughts captive.
We are commanded to do this in 2 Corinthians 10:5. It means getting hold of whatever comes into your mind and filtering it to make sure it is what really ought to be there.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “You become what you think all day long.”
What goes in is what comes out. If you don’t guard your mind, you greatly weaken your defenses against the devil.
Examine your thoughts to ensure they are the truth. When you take your thoughts captive you must inspect them. Is it fact or fiction? Are you telling yourself lies because you’re in a bad mood? Be completely honest with yourself. Really look deep. If it isn’t true, throw that thought out! Raze the negativity and you will have much more peace.
Return to the Bible.
The Bible is the ultimate and only standard for truth. If you’re having difficulty finding any positive truths in your current stream of thought, go back to God’s Word to remind yourself of all the promises God has given to His children. Let yourself take comfort in God’s truths. Let them fill your heart and mind so there is no room for anything else. Continually immerse yourself in God’s Word so you are equipped to battle against Satan’s lies and strengthen your faith.
It is so crucial to keep your heart centered on what is good and true. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), but Jesus Christ is the mainstay of truth and light. Don’t give any opening to the devil! Pray constantly and keep your mind focused on things above (Colossians 3:2). Remind yourself every day of what’s truly important and real. Truth will win. Truth always wins.
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
My name is Lacey, and I love to write. Poetry, songs, articles, and stories both short and long. This blog is mainly a mashup of my thoughts and poems I’ve written. I hope you like what you read here! Writing is one of the greatest joys in life, don’t you find?
Read more from Lacey at A Pen for My Thoughts.