OCTOBER 9 THE POWER OF RIGHT THINKING

I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

—Psalm 119:59

What we think about when we are free to think about what we will—that is what we are or will soon become….

The Psalms and Prophets contain numerous references to the power of right thinking to raise religious feeling and incite to right conduct. “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.” “While I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue” (Psalm 39:3). Over and over the Old Testament writers exhort us to get quiet and think about high and holy things as a preliminary to amendment of life or a good deed or a courageous act….

Thinking about God and holy things creates a moral climate favorable to the growth of faith and love and humility and reverence. We cannot by thinking regenerate our hearts, nor take our sins away nor change the leopard’s spots. Neither can we by thinking add one cubit to our stature or make evil good or darkness light. So to teach is to misrepresent a scriptural truth and to use it to our own undoing. But we can by Spirit-inspired thinking help to make our minds pure sanctuaries in which God will be pleased to dwell. BAM044-046

Lord, my mind will be inundated with thoughts today—some necessary, some impure, some wasteful, some covetous, some neutral. Take control of my mind, that my thoughts throughout may be pleasing to You. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

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