…whatcha thinking?…

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. [Psalm 19:14 ESV]

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. [Luke 6:45 ESV]

The meditation of the heart…what is it that you ponder on?  Where does your mind dwell?  What is your attitude…day to day?   When stuff happens, how do you react?  Whatcha thinking?

A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!

It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.

This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!

My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?  [James 3:3-12 MSG]**

There’s a famous children’s rhyme that teaches our kiddos a bald-faced lie:
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
I’d like to reiterate – that is a huge lie.  Scripture points out to us how damaging words can be, and those damaging words come from our heart attitude, which is directly related to what we’re meditating on…what we’re thinking.

So…we’re back to the overflow of the heart.  Back to the question…whatcha thinking?

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. [James 1:26 ESV]

Complaints, whining, gossip, tearing others down, venting, gossip disguised as prayer requests, bitter words, hateful words, cold and uncaring words…all come from a heart, not in sync with God.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. [Philippians 4:8 ESV]

Prayer, Scripture, worship songs…these things are what we should dwell on.  These are the things that help us keep our focus on God.  The Spirit indwells us and gives us the power to overcome.  We are united with Christ…who has granted us the victory.  That is what we should be dwelling on…where we should be abiding.  And if we’re there then our thoughts, our heart, our words will reflect that we are thinking about things above.

So….whatcha thinking?

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. [Psalm 19:14 ESV]

**MSG – The Message, a paraphrase of the Bible, designed to be a “reading Bible” not a study Bible.  I don’t recommend it as your “regular” Bible, but it can be a useful study aid in conjunction with using a couple of other translations. 

 

 

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