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Words and Thoughts

21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Words and Thoughts
Fact: One of the biggest indicators of immaturity in a person is when they cannot control their thoughts and especially their words.
 
Psalm 19:14 (The Amplified Bible) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.
The Science of Words and Ideas
Words and thoughts are closely related.  Words are in fact vocally expressed thoughts.  Furthermore, everything begins with a thought whether we realize it or not.  We have the power to control what we say by controlling what we think, and it is done successfully through consistently meditating on the Word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 (The Message Bible)
God means what He says. What He says goes. His powerful Word is as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.
Thoughts are communications from the physical to the spiritual world.  If we think the right thoughts, we can communicate with God.  Thoughts are also seeds that when planted give birth to something.  Words are the power of life and death that are in fact spoken thoughts.  There are different kinds of thoughts which include God’s thoughts (based on the Word), the devil’s thoughts (based on destruction) and our thoughts (based on what we want).
We are not responsible for the thoughts that we do not accept.  God only judges that thoughts that we receive along with the attitude of our hearts.  That means that we can choose our emotions.  In addition, attitudes are chosen from the thoughts that we decide to receive.  This is why it is important for us to be watchful about who we associate with along with who and what we listen to.  No matter what you see, choose to be positive and see life from God’s point of view.
Obtain Victory Wise Speech and Thoughts
Maturity is the planned parenthood of thoughts, and it is receiving only godly seeds while rejecting everything else.  The result is the birthing of good things in your life. If you do not check your thoughts, you are in a losing battle (Hebrew 3:1).  Mature people have disciplined thoughts and understand that they have to take charge over the thought world.  They also understand that it is critical to store the Word up in their minds in order to speak victory in their lives.
Ungodly Thinking
Ungodly thoughts point us to struggles in the physical realm in order to camouflage demons.  It is our job to take captive over every evil thought which is a stronghold, or an old/set pattern of negative thinking.  This is why we cannot afford to let ungodly thoughts run ramped through our minds (Hebrews 4:13, Genesis 6:5-6).
Ephesians 6:12 (The Amplified Bible) For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (The Message Bible)
The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
Evil thoughts cause God pain, but when we walk in faith, He is impressed.  In the spirit world, thoughts are just as important as actions.  When we have godly thoughts stored inside of us, it leads us to make godly choices. Therefore, we have to make it a habit of checking those ungodly thoughts.
The Lord has already given you victory in every area of your life!  You even have the ability to control not just your confession, but your thoughts as well.  It does not matter what atmosphere you are in, you can influence your thoughts to reflect the Word of the
Lord.
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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