"As a man thinketh in his heart so is he" (Prov. 23:7) You're driving down the road after a bad day and you think, "I'm going to drive my car into the ditch" Someone at work has been driving you crazy and you think, "I wish I could just strangle them!"
I am willing to bet that you're not suicidal and you're not a murderer, yet how many of us have thought this at one time or another in our lives? Many of us condemn ourselves because we think that our thoughts automatically show the condition of our heart. I'm not saying that sometimes our thoughts aren't indicators of our heart condition, but in fact, you're not a lot of the things that you think. The word thinketh in this verse actually means to split open, to reason out.
So you're not the product of a one time thought, you become the product of the thoughts you make a choice to entertain, dwell on, and reason out.
Ironically I had already planned to write on this today when Kris Vallatton actually taught on it in class briefly. The spirit world is talking non-stop. We can be hearing from our own spirit, the Holy Spirit, evil spirits, or angels at any given time (there's biblical references for each of these).
Sometimes we believe the lie that everything we think is the truth. When in reality we can have thoughts that are far from Truth. If we believe thoughts that come from evil spirits we actually partner with them. This partnership produces fear, anxiety, hopelessness, despair, etc. Often these thoughts will cause us to believe wrong things about God, ourselves, and others. Satan is that father of lies and Truth (God's reality) is not found in him.
Sometimes we believe the lie that the thoughts we have are what we believe. Did you know you don't have to believe your thoughts? You may have a thought that so and so doesn't like you, you may have the thought that there is no answer to your situation, you may have the thought that you're jealous of so and so, you may have the thought that you want so and so to fail. Each of these are thoughts that you don't have to believe and they aren't necessarily indicators of your character.
You will have thoughts that aren't yours and then you are given the choice to partner with the lie or reroute back to Truth.
Managing our thought life isn't "easy", but it's beyond necessary. Paul instructs us to be transformed by the renewal of our mind. John says to discern the spirits.
You don't have to believe every thought you have. And you certainly don't have to believe that every thought you have comes from you, but you do have a responsibility to pay attention to your thoughts.
The lie we believe is that because we think a "bad" thought, we must be bad. The lie we believe is that our thoughts are always indicators of our character. The lie we believe is that what we think must be His Truth.
The Truth is that you have an enemy that would LOVE for you to partner with his lies. The moment you choose to partner with his lies you will begin to live from a place of distorted truth. How you see God, how you see yourself, and how you see others will be through the lens of a lie. Eventually (if not immediately) these lies will produce other issues in your life. You will see fear arise, doubts arise, insecurities arise, condemnation arise, jealousy, covetousness, distrust, dishonor, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, disloyalty, etc among other fruits of the enemy.
If you realize you've believed these lies you can pray a prayer similar to this: "Father forgive me for believing the lies of the enemy. I renounce any partnership I've made with these lies. (it's great if you know the specific lies you've believed about your thoughts and are able to renounce them individually). Help me Holy Spirit to guard my thought life, to discern Your voice from all of the others. Show me areas in my thought life that need to be renewed..."
Forgive yourself and remember that you don't have to believe everything you think.
Be Blessed, J. Tate