Right Thoughts Are Profitable
Sometimes when we are speaking with someone they change the subject. Sometimes they do it subtly and other times it is annoying. We think one thing is more important and they think another thing is more important. Sometimes we come to agree that what they want to speak about is more important and we listen. When we speak with ourselves (think) there are many times we should change the subject. We ought to think about things that God and our renewed mind want to think about rather than the things that Satan and our fleshly old mind want to think about. We ought to change the subject.
If I think of myself, I get selfish.
Romans 12:3: For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Philippians 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
If I think of the world, I get the impress of the world; if I think of my trials and sorrows, I get the impress of my trials and sorrows; if I think of my failures, I get the impress of my failures; if I think of Christ, I get the impress of Christ.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 Timothy 4:15: Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Psalms 1:1-2: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalms 63:5-6: My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: 6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Psalms 119:15-16: I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
2 Corinthians 10:5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
What we do is just as important as what we say. To many people, our actions speak louder than our words. What we say and do both result from what we think. When we become Christians we automatically speak and act differently. The more we think what God wants us to think the better it works. While we cannot attain perfection in this life, it is a great mistake for a Christian to believe that his thoughts are not important or that they cannot be controlled and changed.
Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Philemon 1:14: But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
Proverbs 23:7b: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: . . .
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Matthew 5:14: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Lamps do not talk, but they do shine. A lighthouse sounds no drum, it beats no gong; and yet far over the waters its friendly spark is seen by the mariner. So let your actions shine out your religion. Let the main sermon of your life be illustrated by all your conduct.
Care to discuss Right Thoughts Are Profitable with Ron?