Watching Your Thoughts
"... If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: ... " (Jeremiah 15:19)
God's children are poisoned by vile thoughts. Saul was given a new heart and a new spirit. The devil injected one thought of jealousy into him and poisoned his nature. A small black spot started on his heart and grew and grew till it covered the whole heart. The man who was innocent, pure and holy became black in the sight of God. One thought which was not of God possessed him. A mosquito net is not wrapped round the body. If it were wrapped that way the mosquitoes would easily get at you. The net is hung so that the mosquito gets nowhere near the man. If you do not allow even one evil thought to come into your mind and into your spiritual body, you will be mighty for God. There was just one evil thought in Judas. He allowed it to come in. It spread all over his body till he was spiritually paralyzed and nothing good could come out of him and he betrayed the best man in the world for thirty pieces of silver. Christians must have a net. The net is the fellowship of God's children and a perfect knowledge of the Word of God. You must maintain that sensitive spirit which distinguishes the vile from the precious. A Christian should not allow even one thought which is not of God to establish itself in him. One wrong thought is enough! If we can distinguish the precious from the vile, and allow only the precious to come into us, we will be the mouth of God. We must be very watchful. We must fight the thoughts which are not of God. In our individual prayer we must search ourselves to see if any thought of envy, lust, love of money - anything vile has come into us.