Proverbs 23:7a - What You Think - - You Are!
Proverbs 23:7a (KJV) For as he thinketh in
his heart, so is he:
Thoughts are the thermostat that
regulates what we accomplish in life. If I feed my
mind upon doubt, disbelief, and discouragement,
that is precisely the kind of day my body will
experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to
thoughts filled with vision, vitality, and victory, I
can count on that kind of day. Thus, you and I
become what we think about.
Neither Dale Carnegie nor Norman Vincent
Peale originated such a message. God did. "For as
[a man] thinks within himself, so he is" (Prov.
23:7). "Therefore, prepare your minds for action"
(1 Peter 1:13).
The mind is a "thought factory" producing
thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of thoughts
each day. Production in your thought factory is
under the charge of two foremen. One we shall call
Mr. Triumph, the other Mr. Defeat.
Mr. Triumph specializes in producing
reasons why you can face life victoriously, why you
can handle what comes your way, why you're more
than able to conquer. Mr. Defeat is an expert in
the opposite. He develops reasons why you cannot
succeed, why you're inadequate, why you should give
up and give in to worry, failure,
discouragement, and inferiority.
Give a positive signal, and Mr. Triumph
will see to it that one encouraging, edifying
thought after another floods your mind. But Mr.
Defeat is always standing by, awaiting a negative
signal (which he would rather you call "reality" or
"common sense!"), and when he gets it, he cranks out
discouraging, destructive, demoralizing thoughts that will
soon have you convinced you can't or won't or
Thoughts, positive or negative, grow
stronger when fertilized with constant repetition.
That may explain why so many who are gloomy and
gray stay in that mood and why those who are
cheery and enthusiastic continue to be so.
What kind of performance would your car
deliver if every morning before you left for work
you scooped up a handful of dirt and put it in
your crankcase? The engine would soon be coughing
and sputtering. Ultimately it would refuse to
start. The same is true of your life. Thoughts that
are narrow, self-destructive, and abrasive
produce needless wear and tear on your mental motor.
They send you off the road while others drive
You need only one foreman in your mental
factory: Mr. Triumph is his name. He is eager to
assist you and available to all the members of
His real name is the Holy Spirit, the
If Mr. Defeat is busily engaged as the
foreman of your factory, fire yours and hire ours!
You will be amazed at how smoothly the plant
will run under His leadership. [Chuck Swindoll
How can we control our thoughts? Good or
evil actions begin with good or evil thoughts
(Pro.23:7). We are all aware that the hardest battle in
life is the struggle to think straight. People
who want to give up smoking have great
difficulty keeping their thoughts off cigarettes.
Alcoholics think constantly about drink, and lustful
persons keep thinking about sex. Proud people focus
on themselves, and dishonest people manufacture
Most people will admit that there are
some modes of thought that, of themselves, they
cannot overcome, even though they recognize them as
counterproductive. Mind training has some value, the exercise
of the will achieves results, but the problem
persists: the mind it not completely controllable in
respect to some attractive objects.
Is there a solution to this dilemma? Can
our thoughts ever be brought under control? The
answer is the Holy Spirit! [Adult SS quarterly
The psalmist speaks of the person who is
blessed, fortunate, and happy. He meditates on God's
Word day and night. To meditate is to think
deeply about something, to go over and over it so
that it sinks into the heart and influences the
way we think, feel, and act.
Repetition helps us create habits and can
transform us. Just as repeatedly eating the right
foods or consistently exercising changes our
bodies over time, so repeating a passage of
Scripture and consistently thinking about it will
gradually change the way we think. And changing the
way we think will change the way we live.
Choose a verse that ministers to your
soul, perhaps a promise you want to trust in. Turn
it over and over in your mind. What are the
implications of it? Let it sink into your heart. If you
can make space to meditate daily on a short
portion of God's Word, you will change your mind-set
and your heart over time (Pro. 23:7). [The
Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional re Psalm 1:2 NLT]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred