Thoughts become words. Many times our thoughts will take shape within and come out through words. As a man thinks in his heart so is he. What you think, ponder on, run over and over in your mind will find a place in your heart, and will, by course, come out your mouth.
Have you ever rehearsed your argument or rebuttal over in your mind to a point it became an all-consuming thought process. Then, at the first opportunity — which many times is an inappropriate time — those words came flowing out of the mouth. As justified as we felt about our situation, the barrage of words that spewed out our mouths left us with an ill feeling inside.
Proverbs 23:7, 8 (NIV) reads, “’…Eat and drink’. He says to you, but his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.” The enemy comes with his words or we rehash words from our own well of thoughts and we “consume” them until they consume or overtake us and we vomit them out of our mouths. It says we lose our compliments. All that comes out of us is negativity and foul feelings.
Reading further in that same chapter we find our solution at verse 12. “Apply you heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge.”
Our minds are never empty of thoughts. We need to apply into our minds the material that we will use in the future. We can only take to war what we have prepared for in peacetime.
We are in a fight of faith and sooner or later our faith will have to go to war. Our faith has skirmishes every day. Too often our faith goes to war because of the nature of this world. Jesus said “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” We overcome by faith and faith is built on God’s words.
To rehearse arguments, rebuttals, justification and accusations that have actually taken place or only taken place in our thought processes is like dining off of satan’s table. “You are what you eat” someone has said.
Jesus admonishes us, “Here I am! I stand at the door (at your mind and heart) and knock. If any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me” (Revelation 3:20 NIV explanation added). David knew the character of his Lord. He knew he would “prepare a table for us, in the presence of our enemies.”
If we apply our time, our energy and seek to learn of Jesus and His Word, we will feast at his table. We consume — take into ourselves — heavenly nutrition for energy and living. Then when the fight of faith comes our way, we are full of sound doctrine and instruction. We are prepared. Otherwise, when troubles come, we are tempted to eat off of satan’s garbage heap. When someone is hungry to the point of starving, they will seek after and eat thrown away hamburgers. Even throw aways from the dumpsters are not out of the question.
When we are truly hungry, we have a wonderful invitation. Our Lord has prepared for us meat, milk, honey, wine and every good thing. He tells us to “Taste and see that he is good!”
The Lord reminds us that his sheep hear his voice. The Lord is speaking. The enemy is also speaking. Take heed who you listen to. Encouragement, hope, unity or gossip, accusations and murmuring — we have many choices before us.
Throughout each day, our surroundings are filled with multitudes of words. We interact with family members, co-workers and acquaintances. We hear and must judge what is coming to our ears.
Confusion is not of God. He will divide between truth and error. Isaiah 26:3 says of the Lord, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Keep your mind (thoughts) on God, his character.
Circumstances don’t always have to change for you to be at perfect peace.