Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: 7For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. 8The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. –Proverbs 23:7-8
As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. These verses show a stingy host who says one think (go ahead, eat.) and thinks another (man, look at all this stuff he is eating, I hope I get something good out of this guy).
“He is a grudging host and does mental arithmetic with each bite. He then seeks to use those whom he reckons his favors have placed in his debt. Ultimately, you will be sorry you ever partook of his gifts and will even wish you could vomit up.”[i]
Heart: 5315 (12), life; breath; soul; wind[ii].
We are not referring to the organ that pumps blood but the innermost part of our being. In the verses above we see a deceptive heart. We need to watch our heart for two reasons:
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. -Proverbs 4:23 We need to guard and protect our hear, it sets the boundaries for our lives (Issues: 8444 (2), exit, boundary; source[iii])
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? –Jeremiah 17:9 Our heart by nature is wicked. When we are saved we get everything new (2 Corinthians 5:17) but we still have the two natures battling so we need to keep watch.
OK, back to our thoughts. How is our thought life? Is it glorifying to God or self? Are most of our thoughts positive or negative? As we think, so we are (not will become, are! Is this a comforting or terrifying thought?) My Mom use to call these “self fulfilling prophecies” because many times we get what we expect and miss the good things because we are looking for the negative.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. –Philippians 4:8-9
God gives us a list of six things we can think on if our thoughts are not going right we need to make a conscience decision to not only stop thinking on them but then actively start thinking on good, positive things:
True Things: Eternally true. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6)
Honest Things: Grave, decent, honorable, and Christian.
Just Things: Righteous relations between man and man, and man and God.
Pure Things: Chase and Holy, body and soul.
Lovely Things: . Lovable, endearing, amiable, gracious, charming, pleasing, winsome.
Things of Good Report: Virtuous, best for public good
Think on these things: Meditate on them, keep them before you constantly, with careful reflection to change life for the better.
“Noble thinking produces noble living; high thinking produces high living; and holy thinking produces holy living. All these noble qualities were exemplified in Christ and are produced by the Holy Spirit.”[iv]
By doing this on constant basis we can develop a habit of thinking positive and cultivating a habit of Holy living by applying the Word of God to our lives. It even works during my most trying time of depression to help bring me out of it into the joy and peace Jesus promises.
[i] Jerry Falwell, executive editor; Edward E. Hinson and Michael Kroll Woodrow, general editors, KJV Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1994.
[ii] James Strong, New Strong’s guide to Bible words [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (
Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1996
[iii] James Strong, New Strong’s guide to Bible words [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (
Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1996.
[iv] Jerry Falwell, executive editor; Edward E. Hinson and Michael Kroll Woodrow, general editors, KJV Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1994.