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Thought to Word to Action

The greatest need for God’s people today is to be disciplined in their minds and to plan what they are going to think. The reason that believers become angry or resentful is that they do not think before they act in the flesh. Rather than go to God’s Word, they allow their free volition to react in cognizance with their old sin nature.

Many people go through the day without acknowledging or being filled by the holy Spirit (2), who controls the human spirit. The human spirit and the word of God control the mind, and as a result the mind controls the body. A believer must live in disciplined thinking and must plan how he is going to speak.

The psalmist meditated on God through the watches of the night (3).We are told to think no evil (4), but to think on that which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and whatever is of good report (5). Our thoughts are very important. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7a). Our thoughts reveal what we are. If we think evil, our actions will be evil. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34b). From speaking what is in our hearts, action results. “He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit” (Proverbs 12:17). We must plan our thoughts according to God’s Word for our lives to reveal it.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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