- The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words. Proverbs 15:26
- And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? Matthew 9:4
- For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Matthew 15:19 Mark 7:21
- Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. Isaiah 59:7
- And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD. Zechariah 8:17
- I, the LORD, search the heart; I test the mind to reward a man according to his way, by what his deeds deserve. Jeremiah 17:10
“God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before Him. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that He is everywhere, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all, yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind.
God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right step and every by step. He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward, what company we walk with. When I am withdrawn from all company, Thou knowest what I have in my heart. There is not a vain word, not a good word, but Thou knowest from what thought it came, and with what design it was uttered. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God.”–Matthew Henry.
Evil Thoughts: “If we harbor them, then we are to blame. But if the devil comes and darts an evil thought into my mind, and I say, “Lord help me,” sin is not reckoned to me. Who has not had evil thoughts come into his mind, flash into his heart, and been called to fight them?! One old divine says, “You are not to blame for the birds that fly over your head, but if you allow them to come down and make a nest in your hair, then you are to blame. You are to blame if you don’t fight them off.” And so with these evil thoughts that come flashing into our minds; we have to fight them, we are not to harbor them; we are not to entertain them.”–D.L. Moody.
“He Silenced the Devil”
“If you find yourself getting very miserly, begin to scatter, like a wealthy farmer in New York state I heard of.
He was a noted miser, but he was converted. Soon after, a poor man who had been burned out and had no provisions, came to him for help. The farmer thought he would be liberal and give the man a ham from his smoke-house. On his way to get it, the tempter whispered to him:
“Give him the smallest one you have.”
He had a struggle whether he would give a large or a small ham, but finally he took down the largest he could find.
“You are a fool,” the devil said.”
“If you don’t keep still,” the farmer replied, “I will give him every ham I have in the smoke-house.”—D.L. Moody
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8