Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
Matthew 12:34 For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
Matthew 15:18 But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.
A basic Biblical principle is that what we think about is going to influence how we act and talk. If you want to change how you act and how you talk, you must first change how you think. Let me give you seven steps to being a righteous thinker.
1. Remember, God knows what we think, and He rewards and blesses correct thinking, and He disciplines wrong thinking. The primary discipline from God is He will put us on the bench and keep us out of the game; that is, we won’t be allowed to do something significant with our lives for Him. Another major blessing from God for controlling our thoughts is that He will fill us with joy.
1 Chronicles 28:9 for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts.
Jeremiah 17:10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways,
Revelation 2:23 and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.
2. Work hard at listening to your thoughts so you know when you start thinking sinful thoughts. Our brains are like a rebellious kid, they think pretty much what they want, when they want unless we take charge.
3. Memorize a bunch of Bible verses word perfect, and then whenever you catch yourself thinking the wrong thoughts then “set your mind” on the things of the Spirit, His Word. Learn to quickly replace wrong thinking with some Bible verses that you have memorized.
Some more tomorrow