Proverbs 12 9-12-20

We are comprised of our thoughts. They reveal who we are.

8 A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.

The ability to think is our greatest evidence of the existence of God. “I think, therefore I am.“ Christ calls us to take every thought captive to Him and for Him.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)

[3] For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. [4] The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. [5] We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Is this task even possible? Not without the Holy Spirit! What we must learn to do is to take every thought and run it through these filters:

1. Is it true? According to the facts, is what I am going to say or what I am thinking lining up with what I know to be true?

2. Is it verifiable? Is there proof either in scripture, in evidence, or by testimony for what I am thinking?

3. Is it prudent? Does it need to be said? Will it help or hurt the person or situation?

4. Is it the right time? Timing is everything. It needs to be the right place, right time, right people, and the right moment.

There is a hack for this exercise. It is in knowing the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit will call to our minds verses that give us God’s opinion on every matter. Right now you are either thinking, “that’s a great idea,“ or,“ that’s impossible,“ or, “that’s too much work.” Each of these thought responses tells us something about ourselves. They even reveal our temperaments. Knowing our tendencies will help us to work through our initial reaction and enable us to respond in a godly fashion. Each godly thought builds our character and makes us more like Jesus.

Let’s use these filters today in our conversation with people, as we are driving, as we watch TV or surf the Internet, and even as we read God’s Word (why this one? Because we may have been taught something that the Holy Spirit may question).

Abba, help us to stop and consider a godly response rather than reacting with a natural (fleshly) response. Our desire is to be like You (which comes from the Holy Spirit). Make it so, LORD. Amen.

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