Proverbs 3:6 says to acknowledge Him in all our ways. When our thoughts are NOT Christ-centered, they are flesh-thoughts. To acknowledge Him, say in planning, would be something like this. ‘Lord I need your wisdom because…’
Proverbs 16:1 says, “The preparation of the heart belong to man but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. Verse 3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
The word ‘commit’ is illustrated by the camel. When it is time to unload his burden, his owner unstraps the load, he kneels down, rolls over, and the burden slides off. What a picture for us! How too often we carry a burden that isn’t ours to carry because our heart isn’t kneeling.
Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” I looked it up. Blood vessels and bone marrow run through other parts of the bones. The holes in the honeycomb-like mesh actually makes the bones stronger.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 15:13 Amplified says, “…by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.”
Nehemiah had surveyed the walls in Jerusalem. He wept and was heart-broken. Watch this conversation. Nehemiah 2:2 says, “Therefore the king said to me, Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart…”
Proverbs 15:15 Amplified says, “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil (by anxious thoughts and forebodings), but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast (regardless of circumstances).”
Here are two questions: do your thoughts burden your heart or free it? Is your countenance peaceful or troubled? Words, actions, attitude, and habits are all first thoughts.