Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Thoughts Become Actions, BUT... (Part 1)
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Matthew 12:34 (NKJV)
The Bible says we become our thoughts. That's one reason why dreamers and visionaries are vital to a purpose-driven life. Because, 'Where there is no vision, the people perish' (Proverbs 19:18).
'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams' (Acts 2:17).
But when we're not hearing directly from God, we must consider what we think. Is it positive or negative? A blessing or a curse? Because God gives us a choice--even in our thoughts. 'Therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live' (Deuteronomy 30:19). It's a sobering truth that our choices affect generations beyond us.
So what should we choose to think?
'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' (Philippians 4:8).
But there's almost always a step between thinking and becoming. That step comes from our mouths. And when we say the wrong things, we can put our foot in it--instead of forward.
Within the mighty mouth, God enables one small agent to speak into existence our positive or negative destinies: the tongue. 'My tongue is the pen of a ready writer' (Psalm 45:1). 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21). God's prophets spoke the future into existence. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are God's prophets today.
Basically, here's the progression: thoughts become words, words become actions, and actions determine the destinies of our lives.
So what happens if we as Christians feel overwhelming anger, unforgiveness, or fear? And what if bad thoughts spill out of our mouths?
What do we become?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Thoughts Become Actions series.