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Scripture shows us that we can come to God and ask for wisdom, discernment, and guidance. We also have the Holy Spirit living in us and working through us to help us grow in wisdom and knowledge of God. Godly wisdom is imperative when considering the nature of our thoughts.
1 Kings 3:5-10 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night. And God said, Ask what I shall give you. Solomon said, You have shown to Your servant David my father great mercy and loving-kindness, according as he walked before You in faithfulness, righteousness, and uprightness of heart with You; and You have kept for him this great kindness and steadfast love that You have given him a son to sit on his throne this day.
Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of David my father, and I am but a lad [in wisdom and experience]; I know not how to go out (begin) or come in (finish). Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people who cannot be counted for multitude. So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge Your people that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge and rule this Your great people? It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
1 Kings 3:12 Behold, I have done as you asked. I have given you a wise, discerning mind, so that no one before you was your equal, nor shall any arise after you equal to you.
1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon exceptionally much wisdom and understanding, and breadth of mind like the sand of the seashore.
1 Kings 10:24 And all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom which God had put in his mind.
No doubt you have heard the phrase “as a man thinketh in his heart so is he” used as the proverbial warning not to think bad things lest you become an evil person. This phrase can be found in Proverbs 23 and refers to the desires of the soul and what man chooses to fill his soul, i.e. what satisfies his appetites and longings.
The original Greek word is nephesh meaning: soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion; that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man; the man himself, self, person or individual; seat of the appetites; seat of emotions and passions
Taken in context, we are shown a scenario where a man has the opportunity to dine with a ruler – someone in power, probably wealthy.
Proverbs 23:1-8 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider who and what are before you; For you will put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to desire. Be not desirous of his dainties, for it is deceitful food [offered with questionable motives]. Weary not yourself to be rich; cease from your own [human] wisdom. Will you set your eyes upon wealth, when [suddenly] it is gone? For riches certainly make themselves wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. Eat not the bread of him who has a hard, grudging, and envious eye, neither desire his dainty foods; For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost]. The morsel which you have eaten you will vomit up, and your complimentary words will be wasted.
The ruler in this story seeks fulfillment in life by way of material goods and his mind is continuously busy calculating the cost. He throws a party and invites people but can’t even enjoy the fellowship because with each bite every guest takes he is both proud of what his money has been able to set before them and at the same time resentful because he sees his money disappearing down their throats.
Not only are his thoughts robbing him of the joy of sharing with friends, they are also robbing the friends of enjoying his hospitality. No doubt the more they eat the more resentful he becomes till he can hide it no longer. As the guests begin to realize how unfriendly the atmosphere has turned it causes them to be sick and to wish they had never come to the party.
Jeremiah 17:10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
Jeremiah 20:12 But, O Lord of hosts, You who test the righteous, And see the mind and heart, Let me see Your vengeance on them; For I have pleaded my cause before You.
Jeremiah 23:16 This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They are making you worthless. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the Lord’s mouth.
Ezekiel 11:5 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on me, and He told me, “You are to say: This is what the Lord says: That is what you are thinking, house of Israel; and I know the thoughts that arise in your mind.
Proverbs 23:12 Apply your mind to instruction and correction and your ears to words of knowledge.
Proverbs 23:17-18 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.
Proverbs 23:19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way [of the Lord].
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