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As a Man Thinks…

Since I told a story that somewhat relates to this teaching last week I thought this would also be worth sharing. I didn’t write it but I’m in agreement 100% with everything the dude who wrote this has to say. I can’t remember where I got it from – just had it saved in some notes.

As a Man Thinks…

“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov 23:7) What we think about predominately becomes our experience, either good or bad. It has been said many times, and I believe it’s true, that no man has committed adultery without first thinking about it – a lot. No married man just gets up one day, goes to the store to get bread, meets a woman in the bakery and breaks covenant with his wife and commits adultery that day.

The reality is the act has long been preceded with immoral thoughts which began as unsolicited suggestions that eventually were given consideration. In time, they were entertained and made welcome. Eventually, they were not just welcomed, but sought out. Those thoughts produced feelings in the realm of the heart and stirred the flesh until one day; it goes beyond thoughts to words, to glances and eventually the act he thought he would never commit. To the friends of the couple who broke up over this, they didn’t see it coming. They were shocked.

But it was inevitable. Thoughts follow input. Our heart follows our thoughts and as you probably know by now, 90% of any decision is made in the heart and motivated by emotional drivers. Let something simmer in the heart long enough and opportunity will present itself to turn into reality that which you have been giving haven to in the privacy of your inner sanctum, your heart.

I shared this example because it is real. Psychologists and marriage counselors agree this is not theoretical. It’s a fact. But there’s good news. This same process can work in the positive to dramatically impact your life for good. …..thinking the right things can produce an abundant harvest of good in our life. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

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