Proverbs 23:7 (NASB®)
As he thinks within himself, so he is.
Our thoughts have an enormous influence on the outcome of our lives. We’ve all been encouraged and motivated and calmed by positive thoughts. And we’ve all been physically upset and agitated and tormented by negative thoughts. Some of the thoughts that enter our minds don’t come from the Lord, and the fact that a thought comes across the screen of my mind doesn’t mean I want to entertain it or reflect on it or let it describe me. There are some thoughts that come and I say, “Get out of here! You have no place in me!” Each one of us is responsible for the thoughts that we allow to fill our mind, so we should ask the Holy Spirit to help us think in a way that honors the Lord.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are aware of my every thought. Give me discernment to know which thoughts should be entertained and which thoughts should be banished. Your Word teaches me to hold every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). I want my thoughts to honor You, Lord, so that my life will honor You. In Jesus’ name, amen.