Control Your Thoughts

All these evils come from inside
and make a man “unclean.”
             —Mark 7:21

Jesus rattled the Jewish dietary cage when he told them to forget this “kosher” nonsense; it’s what goes into your heart, not your stomach that corrupts.

It is the thought-life that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within (Mk. 7:20-23 NLT).

Spiritual contamination has nothing to do with what you spoon into your mouth, and everything to do with what you shovel into your mind.

“Above all else,” said Solomon “guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Prov. 4:23). Another translation has it: “Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.”

Today’s thoughts become tomorrow’s doings.

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