Because of our limited powers of perception, the Bible says we know a person by his “fruits.” But the God of heaven knows and judges even a person’s thoughts and intentions. In the flesh we cannot please Him. Rather, we must rely on the control of His Spirit and the influence of His Holy Word for our thoughts to be directed toward that which is holy.
“The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity” (Psalm 94:11). “I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love” (Psalm 119:113). “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus warned, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19). “The weapons of our warfare are . . . mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds . . . bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:4b–5b). “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, . . . and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Golden thought: The Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts of the heart.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (December 2 reading).]