Life proceeds from the heart. The thoughts one chooses to permit to occupy the heart determine what that individual will become. The Bible says ~ “For as he thinks in his heart, so [is] he” (Proverbs 27.3). What you are today is the sum of what you chose to think about yesterday. The biggest lie of the devil is convincing people that they are a victim of circumstance when in reality they are victims of their own thoughts. Jesus said you will become what you think about. ~ “So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? FOR OUT OF THE HEART PROCEED EVIL THOUGHTS, murders, adulteries…” (Matthew 15.16,19). The good news is that you do not have to continue meditating on the lies of the devil for the rest of your life. The Apostle Paul wrote, ~ “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1.16).
You can choose to think God’s thoughts, and they will produce faith in your heart, which is the power of God working victory in every area of your life. ~ “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Matthew 12.35). He said the only difference between a good life and a bad life are the thoughts the person has chosen to permit to occupy the spiritual soil of his heart. You become what you think about. This is what Jesus meant when he said the good man ‘BRINGS FORTH good things.’ The truth is the devil does not decide. You decide what you are going to bring out of your heart tomorrow. Your heart is the production center of your life. It will produce whatever you decide to put into it. The devil likes to tell people that he has the power to make their lives good or bad, but the devil1 is a liar.
The Product of your Life
He knows that God has placed the control of your life into your own hands. This is what Jesus meant when he said, ~ “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17.20). The power of the kingdom of heaven and the power of the kingdom of darkness are in your heart. God has given this power to you; now it is your decision what you will plant and what you will harvest. Jesus said, ~ “And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground” (Mark 4.26). The reborn human spirit is very powerful. By sowing the word (seed) of God into it, the heart of man will produce faith which will bring those words to pass in your life ~ “nothing will be impossible for you” (Mateo 17.20). What you decide to put into your heart in ‘abundance’ is what your spirit will eventually produce, and this will be the product of your life… what you ‘BRING FORTH’ from your heart. Jesus said, ~ “For out of the abundance of the heart… a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things” (Matthew 12.34-35).
Begin to Reign in Life
Your life is a product of the thoughts you put into your heart. It is for this reason the Bible teaches that man is to guard his heart above all things. ~ “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it [spring] the issues of life” (Proverbs 4.23). The devil only has the power that you choose to give to him. The sum of his power in your life is determined by how many lies you permit him to sow into your heart. For this reason, the word says that you are to ‘guard2 your heart above all things.’ Jesus demonstrated how Satan gains access to people’s lives by sowing thoughts of sin, sickness and death into their hearts when they are not on guard. ~ “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this’ (Matthew 13.28). You will never reign in life until you begin to reign over your own mind. Take control of your life and close the door to the enemy by doing what the Bible says. Begin today to bring every thought into the obedience of Jesus, the Word3 of God.
Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
1. John 8.44
2. Proverbs 4.23
3. John 1.1
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