Mind Your Thoughts.
A man’s thoughts determine his destiny: who he is and who he will be. The Scripture says,
“As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.”
The quality of his thought determines that of his life. A man’s heart is the workshop of his life. What you will become directly and largely comes from your heart.
Out of the heart comes issues of life. Your thoughts influence your actions. Meaning, your action largely is a product of your thoughts.
Expressed or not, your thoughts dictate what happen to you.
Do you ask “How far is this true?”
There was a severe famine invited by words of Prophet Elijah in his days. After his prophetic declarations closed windows of heaven that it did not rain, he was instructed to live near a river where ravens fed him for some time until the river dried.
Next, he was instructed to go to the city of Zarephat to live with a widow who had been commanded by God to feed him. However, the widow was poor and was about to prepare her last meal, eat it with her lone son to await death.
At this juncture, she met the prophet of God who decreed abundance into her life which came to pass because a little meal to feed only two persons became what the widow, her son and Prophet Elijah ate for years.
Do you know one striking fact about this woman? With abundance provisions, her heart was not right within her towards the Prophet of God.
How do I know?
She said so at a crucial time. How?
The only son of that widow became ill until he breathed his last. The woman lamented! She also accused the man of God of bringing his past wrongdoings to remembrance before God. She initially concealed evil contents of her heart.
To God always be the glory; Prophet Elijah prayed and the son of the wonan was raised from the dead. He then handed him over to his mother.
At this point, without any debate, she voluntarily emptied her thoughts towards the Prophet of God. Her unbelieving thoughts revealed,
“Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.” 1 Kings 17:24 (King James Version).
Before then, she never thought Prophet Elijah was a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in his mouth was the truth.
She was not convinced with “The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.” 1 Kings 17: 14.19.
What was the contents of the bin of flour and the jar of oil?
The woman had revealed,
“As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” verse 12.
Yet, the Lord wanted to convince her that He was the Lord God of Elijah and the word of the Lord in his mouth was the truth, so, her son died and was brought back to life.
God is not wicked! The meeting of the two was the Lord’s doing to preserve lives in draught.
What are the contents of your heart? Do you harbour an evil heart of unbelief in a man of God or in your Maker Himself or in His Words? The Lord can take any step to convince you. He can use any means to do so.
It will therefore be to your advantage to have a simple faith in God and His Word as well as His Ministers who can be known by their fruits and not by any other means like nunber of cars, houses, clothes, and so on.
Henceforth, mind your thoughts, control what you allow to pass through or dwell in your heart. By so doing, you will control the quality of what you will expect from God and man.
Mind Your Words!
“Hear and understand; Not what goes into the nouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man….
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart; and they defile a man.” Matthew 15:10-11, 18.
Have you ever been aware of the the fact that those words that come out of your mouth display the contents of your heart? Out of the abundance of your heart, the mouth speaks. This gives rise to statements like “Tell me your mind.” or “Tell me your heart.”
Your heart contents that proceed out of your mouth will surely attract what will happen to you, here on the earth and hereafter.
“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the days of judgment.
For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37. NKjV
Do you want to be justified or condemned? It all depends on what you say! If you utter words of faith, you will reap it. If you utter words of unbelief, you will reap sane.
The question now arises, “What do you want to reap?”
Your present state of affairs may be the outcome of your past utterances. To be continued.
ur negative words to positive ones to get positive results.
Never allow your present conditions to cloud your sense of reasoning to cause you to pronounce negative into your life. Do not allow your five senses to lure you into making wrong statements that will compound your situation.
No matter what you see, hear, smell, taste or touch, be positive in what you say. What you say can change what you will experience to positive.
The writer of Proverbs 18:2 1 puts it rhis way;
“The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Living Translation.
Life or death, which do you want?
If you want life, decree life with your tongue as from now.
Are you aware that your Maker hears what you say? What you say repeatedly in His ears will influence what His action towards you will be.
In the ratio ten into two (10:2) spies, the men of Isreal of Bible days, believed and confessed that they could not inherit what God of their fathers had determined to give them forever. What was their “genuine reason”? They saw giants in that land. They also declared that they were like grasshoppers in their own eyes.
The same giants that they saw as unconquerable were seen by Joshua and Caleb as “our bread”.
Do you know what followed each declaration? What each group said came to pass because God said,
“…just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you.” Numbers 14:28.
The bodies of those who confessed negative were wasted in the wilderness. Joshua and Caleb, the minority, inherited their own portion of the land of Canaan.
Henceforth, I implore you to mind your words because you will reap the fruits of your lips. Do you have a problem changing over? Pray like the Psalmist who said,
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3.
Be informed that the Lord is coming soon. Therefore, prepare to meet Him at the time God had appointed. Confess positive and live positive to enter the kingdom of Heaven.
Stay blessed and rapturable.
Scriptures quoted are from New King James Version.