On a regular basis, what are you thinking about?
("In conclusion, my brothers and sisters, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable.”
Philippians 4:8 GNB)
I have dealt with thoughts that weren't of God that started as thoughts and soon traveled to my heart. ("we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 GNB)
Before I knew it, instead of speaking life and showing love to my neighbors, I was spewing off negativity, judgment, criticism, gossip, and even lies at some points. The
enemy doesn't come in red tights, shouting he's the devil. He comes disguised as even the voice in your head. He is good at what he does. He is here to seek, steal, and destroy. He will use anyone and anything to hurt you, lie, manipulate, and turn you away from The Creator.
I was reading scripture and more than a few verses stood out to me.
“You snakes — how can you say good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
Matthew 12:34 GNB
“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person ritually unclean.”
Matthew 15:18 GNB
I began to reflect on how I speak to others, not only when I'm in a good mood, but when I'm angry, sad, disappointed, and hurt. I began to reflect on how I speak to people of different authority. Am I always showing love? & how do I speak to myself?
Where your words are, how you talk to others, how you talk to yourself, is where your heart is.
“Let there be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking, because such things are not appropriate [for believers]; but instead speak of your thankfulness [to God].”
EPHESIANS 5:4 AMP
I believe we often forget that we, as Christians, forget we are billboards for God. & the enemy is waiting to devour, shame, and condemn us for what we do wrong. We mess us, we all do. However, as Christians, we have been given a gift, Holy Spirit.
We should be having Holy Spirit guide our every decision, the things we see, hear, and speak.
“But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts].”
GALATIANS 5:16 AMP
I have deleted the Facebook app on my phone and only have it on my IPad and have found that I am not only much more productive, but I am more positive. We often give our opinions just for the sake of giving them, because we feel they need to be spoken. However, if your opinion isn't benefiting the world, being spoken in love, why speak it?
If you're not supporting God with your words, who are you supporting?
Thoughts become words and our words are a reflection of our heart.
Guard your heart, take every thought captive & speak life.