“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he . . .”
Ralph Waldo Emerson may not have been a Christian, but he did manage to land spot on as far as this concept goes.
What we think about day to day is so important, more than we often realize. Our thoughts affect more than just our choices and actions. They impact who we are and who we will become. What kinds of thoughts we allow into our minds determine what kind of person we will be becoming in our future.
That’s why Paul urges the Corinthian believers to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).
Thoughts are powerful, and their source is not always from our own inner selves. Often they can be from the devil or indirectly triggered by something he’s influenced in the the world around us. That’s why it’s so important to take every thought into custody where we can carefully determine its source and then either accept or reject it.
Of course, a lot of thoughts also originate from God, but sometimes it can be hard to differentiate whether your thoughts are divinely-inspired or not because Satan like to hide a little bit of lie in a whole lot of truth.
It will take time to learn to sense the difference between the truth and a subtle lie, so we have to be patient and willing to take our thoughts captive and make sure that our thoughts are leading us into the truth.