Man's thoughts

mind of ChristDon’t we preach mind over heart, the thought process superior to the emotions? And we’re right to do so. Except that the mind needs regeneration as much as any other part of us.

Man’s thoughts are futile. “The Lord does indeed know human thoughts, knows that they are nothing but a puff of air” (Psalm 94:11 CEB; Ephesians 4:17).

Man’s thoughts often miss the mind of God, like Naaman’s, when he said, “I thought” (2 Kings 5:11).

Man’s thoughts are selfish, like Hezekiah’s, when he was relieved that God’s punishment would not fall upon him, but upon his children (2 Kings 20:19).

Man’s thoughts are abhorrent to God. “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure” (Psalm 15:26 ESV).

Man’s thoughts must be abandoned, because God’s thoughts are so far above and beyond them (Isaiah 55:7-9).

Man’s thoughts focus on the present and on what is material, because they give “no thought of [the] future” (Lamentations 1:9 ESV).

Man’s thoughts are evil, from which spring all sorts of sin and perversity (Matthew 15:19).

Man’s thoughts conclude that money can buy everything, even leading him to try to buy God’s gifts with money (Acts 8:20).

Man’s thoughts are conflicting, always a bad sign (Romans 2:15).

Man’s thoughts belong to the realm of the prince of the powers of the air, “carrying out the inclinations of [his] flesh and thoughts” (Ephesians 2.1-3 HCSB).

So man’s thoughts must be changed by the work of God. We must “let God change the way [we] think” (Romans 12:2 CEV).

Man’s thoughts must be taken “captive to make [them] obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV).

Then, and only then, will we have “Christ’s way of thinking” (1 Corinthians 2:16 ERV).

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