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Proverbs 23:7: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (NKJV). Our thoughts are the most important thing about us. All that we achieve or fail to achieve is the direct result of our thinking. Our thoughts are like seeds that produce crops.
James Allen wrote: “Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles. Men understand this law in the natural world and work with it, but few understand it in the mental and moral world (though its operation there is just as simple and undeviating).”
His point is that we are what we think, and our lives run in the direction of our thoughts. If we think angry thoughts, we will be angry; if we think positive thoughts, we will be positive; if we think negative thoughts, we’ll be negative. The mind is a garden, and we must cultivate it, and we are responsible for the kind of seed we sow into the furrows of our mind.
A person’s mind is like a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless seeds will grow there and will continue to produce their kind.
I believe in positive thinking, optimism, and a can-do spirit if it coincides with God’s Word. I am not a fan of most of the positive thinking preaching and literature today. I want Truth behind my optimism—solid Scripture, well interpreted. I do not want a mind filled with mottoes and mantras but with memory verses from the infallible Word of God.
I believe the Bible is the inspired and unfailing message from a God who is both intimate and infinite, and who is omniscient and omnipotent. It verbalizes His revealed intelligence about how we should think, feel, act, and speak. Its theology is therapeutic, and its advice is sensible. Every verse in the Bible is priceless, for all Scripture is given by inspiration of God; and we’re to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (2 Tim. 3:16; Matt. 4:4).
The principle of Proverbs 23:7 is true 24-7. It is an inviolable law of life that cannot be altered and will be true as long as human nature endures: For as we think in our hearts so are we.