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149.

WHAT ARE THE LAWS

AND COMMANDS WE MUST OBEY???

part 4.

 

God commands us to find healing for our thinking.
He gives us commands for such changes we must make.

Proverbs 23:12 (KJV)

12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

In this world of turmoil, of political contention, of national threats from terrorism, economic uncertainty, etc. we have many unpleasant thoughts entering our mind. If we read the Word, and think ‘the Lord is My Shepherd’ after, before, and during all those negative things, we can still smile, having cleansed our minds from the negative.

We need to ‘apply our heart’ to the instruction and truths in the Word of God. We may hear them in song, preached in sermons, taught in Bible studies, read in personal study. If they are put into our ‘heart’ (mind) and are thought upon, considered, and believed, they will settle our thoughts, calm our disposition, give peace and joy to our spirit.

Prosperity, wealth, health, fame, and worldly wisdom are all fleeting and soon to disappear. The heavenly blessings, the peace of God, our eternal relationship with our Lord and Savior, are eternal. On which are we focused?

Proverbs 23:5 (KJV)

5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

The world honors the rich and the powerful. If our minds go with that thought, we lose so much. We may envy what they have, and lose the peace of God that passes all understanding that we could have had.

Proverbs 23:17-18 (KJV)

17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.


GOD’S HAS GIVEN COMMANDS REGARDING OUR MINDS, AND OUR THINKING:

1. DECIDE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT GOD CALLS UNDERSTANDING & TRUTH.

Proverbs 2:2 (KJV)

2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

Proverbs 22:17 (KJV)

17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto My knowledge.

Proverbs 23:12 (KJV)

12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

We need to be teachable, and seek God’s understanding of what is right and wrong, of what is valuable and worthless, and of what is truth and error.


2. ACCEPT WHAT GOD SAYS IS HIS PURPOSE AND WILL.

Proverbs 2:10 (KJV)

10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;


3. CONSIDER THE COMMANDMENTS, AND MENTALLY CHOOSE TO KEEP THEM.

Proverbs 3:1 (KJV)

1 My son, forget not My law; but let thine heart keep My commandments:

Proverbs 4:4 (KJV)

4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain My words: keep My commandments, and live.

Proverbs 4:20-23 (KJV)

20 My son, attend to My words; incline thine ear unto My sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Life, health, joy, and peace come with keeping the commandments of the Lord in our thoughts. We are not saved by keeping them, we were saved by accepting Jesus gift of salvation. Yet, we are made joyous, healthy mentally, healthy physically, by diligently keeping the commands of the Lord, His direction for our lives, in our conscious mind.

 

4. THINK THOUGHTS OF TRUST IN THE LORD.

Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Our own mind will think thoughts of worry, despair, sadness, sorrow, fear, etc. We need to not ‘lean’ on those thoughts, but put into our minds, the passages of the Word that assure us we can ‘trust’ in the Lord. They will set our thinking straight.



5. WHEN VARIOUS TEMPTATIONS COME TO YOUR MIND, THOUGHTS WE KNOW ARE WRONG, THOUGHTS THAT ENCOURAGE ACTIONS THAT WE KNOW ARE WRONG, REFUSE TO INCLINE TO THOSE WORDS.

Proverbs 7:25 (KJV)

25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

 

6. WHEN OTHERS FAIL, BE UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHETIC.

Proverbs 8:5 (KJV)

5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

 

7. CHOOSE WHEN TO SPEAK THOUGHTS, AND WHEN TO REFRAIN FROM SPEAKING.

Proverbs 16:21 (KJV)

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

Proverbs 12:23 (KJV)

23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Proverbs 14:33 (KJV)

33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.


8. KEEP JOY, MERRIMENT, AND LAUGHTER IN YOUR THOUGHTS.

Proverbs 15:13-15 (KJV)

13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.


9. ALWAYS BE A STUDENT OF THE WORD OF GOD, EVER LEARNING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.

Proverbs 15:28 (KJV)

28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Proverbs 18:15 (KJV)

15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Proverbs 23:12 (KJV)

12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.


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