You Are What You Think - Proverbs 23:7

Verse of the Day - Day 259

Proverbs 23:7 - You Are What You Think

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Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

Proverbs 23:7
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (NKJV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: You Are What You Think

If you struggle in your thought-life, then you probably already know that immoral thinking is leading you straight into sin. I have good news! There is a remedy. What's On Your Mind? is an uncomplicated little book by Merlin Carothers which discusses in detail the very real battle of the thought-life. I recommend it to anyone trying to overcome a persistent, habitual sin.

Carothers writes, "Inevitably, we have to face the reality that God has given us the responsibility of cleansing the thoughts of our hearts. The Holy Spirit and God's Word are available to help us, but each person must decide for himself what he will think, and what he will imagine. Being created in God's image requires that we be responsible for our thoughts."

The Mind and Heart Connection

The Bible makes it clear that our thinking and our hearts are inseparably linked. What we think affects our heart. How we think affects our heart. Likewise, the condition of our heart affects our thinking.

Many Bible passages support this idea. Before the flood, God described the condition of people's hearts in Genesis 6:5: "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (NIV)

Jesus confirmed the connection between our hearts and our minds, which in turn affects our actions. In Matthew 15:19, he said, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander." Murder was a thought before it became an act. Theft started as an idea before it evolved into an action. Humans act out the condition of their hearts through deeds. We become what we think.

So, to take responsibility for our thoughts, we must renew our minds and clean up our thinking:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, ESV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)

The Bible teaches us to adopt a new mindset:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2, ESV)
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:5-8, ESV)