Guard Your Thought Life
Series: These Issues We Face
Today we're thinking on this subject - controlling the thought life, or guarding your thought life. Now I want us to read here beginning in chapter 4 with verse 23, an admonition. By the way, let me tell you that the message today is going to be right down where we live. As a matter of fact, I'm going to be talking to you some about the plague of pornography. It's going to be very up-to-date. You see, you're going to find out that the book of Proverbs is very practical and at the same time deeply spiritual. And I believe that any good Maristian is at the same time intensely practical and deeply spiritual. Now, let's begin reading: ''Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on and let thy eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left, remove thy foot from evil.''
Now, notice here he says in verse 23, ''Keep thy heart.'' The word heart is mentioned some eight hundred times in the Old Testament, and more than two hundred times it refers to the thought life, to the thought life. ''As a man thinketh in his heart,'' the book of Proverbs says, ''so is he,'' in Proverbs chapter 23:7. So, when we talk about the heart here we talk about the thought life. The basic New Testament equivalent of the heart here would be the mind, so keep your mind, your thought life, keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. I remind you again that the heart of a human problem is the problem of the human heart. If you want to change the individual you have to change his heart, for of the heart are the issues of life. And so how important it is that we think about guarding our thought life, that is guarding our heart as we study the word of God.
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