Proverbs 23:7 – “…as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” NKJV
Let me say at the outset that the context of this passage is about charity or the lack thereof of a greedy stingy person. However it can be applied much beyond that and that is what I wish to do at this time.
Though years of ministry it has been my observation that a very significant portion of people say they want to ‘soar with the eagles’ but often ‘quack with the crowd’. Why? Well it is far easier to become part of the crowd than it is to go against the grain. It is easier to go downstream with the current than to swim or paddle against it. Too often we are caught up in the clutter and distress of our present world and if we do not rise above the crowd and see it from a heavenly perspective we will miss opportunities and solutions.
I know some who truly ‘desire’ to break free but desire alone is not enough. If we are to attain that lofty goal of ‘soaring with the eagles’ we will find there are some incredibly fierce battles and intense struggles in our future. We will have to come to a clear understanding that ‘how’ we think is important. We will have to come to grips with the fact that ‘what’ we think about is important. We will find it mandatory that we gain ‘control’ of our thought processes and bring them into captivity to Jesus Christ. It is absolutely necessary that we ‘think clearly’ ridding our minds of clutter. That we ‘think courageously’ filling our hearts and minds with faith and confidence. We must learn to ‘think confidently’ knowing that we can do all things through Christ our strength. Simply, you do not ‘soar’ with the eagles by simply deciding you no longer want to ‘quack’ with the crowd. It takes courage, determination and work!
WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK…
We read in Romans 12 that we are not to be conformed (ducks, geese, turkeys) but transformed (eagles). There is to be a renewal or reprogramming of our minds (thought processes). 2 Peter 2:22 is a most riveting passage which speaks to what I’m talking about. Why do dogs and hogs go back? I believe that the simplest explanation is that they think differently. You can give Rolls Royce to a person who has no concept of its value or worth and they will appreciate it no more than a VW Dune Buggy. That is true in all things! We have to reprogram our thought process with the kind of information that will propel us toward our goal. Sadly, many are entrenched in ‘defeatist thinking’ and find soaring almost impossible.
SATAN’S NUMBER ONE TARGET IS OUR MINDS (Thoughts)…
He knows too well that if he can keep us bound in our thoughts he can keep us from becoming what God desires us to be. In Ephesians 6:10-11 we discover the ‘wiles’ or ‘schemes’ of the devil. The Greek word is ‘methodia’ from which we get our word ‘method’. The Amplified calls it the ‘strategies of the devil’. In verse 12 we are told that our struggle is not with ‘flesh and blood’ it is with spiritual powers of darkness. In 2 Corinthians 4 we read that the devil is described as the ‘god of this world’ and ‘blinds minds’. In 2 Corinthians 10 we are instructed to ‘take control’ through the Holy Spirit of our thoughts. It is possible to be transformed from one who ‘quacks with the crowd’ to one who ‘soars with the eagles’.
We need to bring ‘every thought’ captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus. Our thoughts are incredibly important in our spiritual development. So as you begin this day begin it with the commitment to ‘think rightly’. Blessings as you continue your journey!