Choices. “As he thinks within himself, so he is.” —Proverbs 23:7 (NASB)
There is no straddling the fence when it comes to our thoughts, decisions, and actions. In Matthew 12:30, God said, “Anyone who is not with me is against me.” He continues in verse 33 with a truth that directly ties back to our key verse, Proverbs 23:7. He said:
“If you make a tree good, its fruit will be good. If you make a tree bad, its fruit will be bad. You can tell a tree by its fruit.”
“You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” —Matthew 7:16 (ESV)
Frankly, you and I don’t stand a chance in this ugly, devouring life of sin and decay without choosing allegiance to God through His son, Jesus Christ, and committing our every thought to Him in obedience as the Apostle Paul urges:
“Take captive every thought to obey Christ.” —2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV)
Why? So we will have the benefit of His protection.
Like a good and caring parent desires trust and obedience from her children for their well-being and safety, God desires our trust and obedience, as His children, for our well-being and safety. Through the principle of 2 Corinthians 10:5, our Abba (Daddy-God) is telling us that our EVERY thought, from the time we awaken each morning, is flawed by our sin nature; therefore, to be obedient to Christ (HIS way of thinking and His direction), we must take conscious control of every thought. He didn’t say some thoughts; He said “every” thought, because our every thought holds the free-will POWER that will ultimately impact and influence ourselves and others FOR Christ (good), or AGAINST Christ (evil). These are the only two choices, which is why He also said:
“Choose this day whom you will serve.”
From each waking moment, I must take conscious control of my EVERY thought because each thought—like a snowball rolling down a ski slope—will either “grow” me into God’s BEST, a reflection of His glory, or against His best, thornbushes and thistles.
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” —Matthew 20:30 (ESV)
Follow along as we look more closely at “fruit” in Part 3.