Isaiah 1:18 -
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
As A Man Thinketh, So Is He
By Elder Dale E. Magers
(Proverbs 23:6-8) "Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye; neither desire thou his dainty meat: For as he thinketh in his heart so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hath eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet word." In 1st. Thess. 5:22; Paul writes "Abstain from all appearance of evil." Ever since the fall of man, we have not been able to accept the good and leave off the evil. It seems that once we come into possession of what is evil, we become partakers of that evil. Since we have two personalities, a Spiritual and a natural one, we often become curious about what is evil, but when we come into the knowledge of it we are in some way partaking of it. We see that Solomon warns against this, we are not to eat with them that hath an evil eye. (An evil eye shows that this person has his heart set on evil and not what is good.) Often to eat with someone indicates fellowship with that person. Do you recall that when the disciples went fishing with Peter after the crucifixion of Christ, the Lord pursued them, fixing a meal of fish on the shore commanding them, to "Come and Dine" With this meal and the instruction that follows brings them back into his fellowship, especially Peter who denied him three times. It it great to have fellowship and dine with the Lord, but it is evil to have fellowship with the world! No wonder the Lord asked Peter, "Lovest thou me, more than these?"
A companion text to illustrate this truth is found in Matthew 5:22-23, "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness." If we are thinking properly, our whole body will be engaged in Gods work, for as a man thinketh so in his heart is he. The apostle Paul warns the Colossians, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, for Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." Where are your effections? Paul says in verse 2 of the 3rd chapter of Colossians, "Set your effections on things above, not on things of the earth, for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." If we know that we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ from our sins and have been given eternal life we should rejoice to leave off that which is evil and follow good. Our problem is we do not think enough about what Christ has done for us, that he has delivered us from death, hell and the grave. Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians chapter 15:33-34, "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God, I speak this to your shame."
How much time do we spend seeking the righteousness of God, learning more and more about Christ everyday? Do we spend the majority of our time seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, or is church and spiritual things an after thought? The apostle Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 6:14, "Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteous with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?" May we all work more diligently to pursue in our hearts the things of God, for where our heart is shows where our treasure is. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Am I a soldier of the cross? Amen
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