Summary: “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” Proverbs 4:23 (NCV)

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“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” Proverbs 4:23 (NCV)

Every word that comes out of our mouth comes from a thought - whether consciously or unconsciously. Our thoughts, values and beliefs, will make us or break us. Our mind has incredible power, so be careful about what we’re thinking. If we think good thoughts, our words will be good. At every point Right living begins with right thinking. Each of us has a unique perception of the world we live in. This is because we have created it - by our past thoughts.

Bible says "As he (a person) thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7) The spiritual battle is always in the thought –world. True spirituality, always begins inside, our thought –world. When we think right thoughts, we do right things, and we have right feelings. But when we think wrong thoughts, we do wrong things and have wrong or unpleasant feelings. The key to triumph in the spiritual life is learning how to take control of our thoughts and align our thoughts with God’s Word. Secret of righteous living is right thinking. While it is important to speak in line with God’s Word, to have strong faith, and operate in Biblical principles in order to be a victorious, victory begins with the way we think. Our life goes in the direction of our most dominant thought. You cannot expect to be kind, gentle, loving, or patient without thinking the right things. You also cannot expect to live a life of victory without thinking the right thoughts.

We are taught in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;” Whenever we have a negative thought that seeks to depress us, we must immediately cast it down, think on God’s Word, and speak His Word. What kind of thoughts should we have then? The Bible admonishes us, “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). We must read God’s Word in order to get it rooted deep in our heart to think the right things. Psalms 119:11 states, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Plant God’s Word deep in your heart in order to think the right thoughts. Someone rightly said

Plant a thought and reap a word;

plant a word and reap an action;

plant an action and reap a habit;

plant a habit and reap a character;

plant a character and reap a destiny.

There is a movie known as, “The Iron Lady.” It was an excellent biographical portrayal of Great Britain’s former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Her determination, decisiveness, and discipline gave her the edge she needed to ultimately become the first woman Prime Minister of Great Britain. The movie is definitely worth seeing and there were a number of quotes worth remembering. One of the favorite Thatcher quote was.

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