For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to Thee; but his heart is not with Thee. Proverbs 23:7
A teacher asked a little boy to finish this proverb: “Cleanliness is next to...” He answered, “Cleanliness is next to impossible.” Well, friend, he wasn’t far wrong, was he?
It’s amazing what people do to try to purify themselves – fast, pray, kneel, walk, self-flagellate, hibernate, isolate. But sadly, they discover that human efforts aren’t the pathway to purity because they keep doing what Zig Ziglar calls “stinkin‘ thinkin‘.” Before we can hope to have a life of purity, we must have a clean thought life.
God works from the inside out. He knows you can’t purify the water by painting the pump.
When was the last time you memorized a verse of Scripture? It’s easier to stay away from “stinkin’ thinkin’” when your mind is focused on the Word of God.
This is a good time to memorize yesterday’s passage, Psalm 51:10-13:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.”
Start working on memorizing this passage today.