Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS and intents of the heart.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and BRINGING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ;
Jesus asked His disciples, “Whom do men say that I am,” and then asked them who they said that He was. Peter by the revelation or unveiling by the Father had the right answer and said that, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God Matthew 16:13-17.” God revealed something to Peter, he heard it and spoke it out. Jesus discerned the source, even though Peter said it, that it was from the Father and not flesh and blood. Moments later after Jesus explained how He must suffer, be killed, and resurrect Peter began to rebuke him and said ,”Be it far from thee Lord.” Once again Peter heard something and spoke it out but it was satan’s whisper, satan’s lie and satan’s thought. Satan snuck his thought into Peter’s mind and he echoed it out. Jesus once again discerned its source, even though Peter spoke it, and addressed satan.
We must discern the source of the thoughts that come to us. Thoughts only come from living beings: human, heavenly, or hellish. Thoughts don’t come from inanimate objects like our clothes, the carpet, doors, lights, chairs….. The more of God’s Word we have in our hearts the greater will be our discernment of thoughts (Heb. 4:12). The Word is a discerner, a divider, a discriminator, and a separator of thoughts. We are to:
1. Discern the source of thoughts Matthew 16:13-23.
2. Bring into captivity every thought 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
3. Sort thoughts Philippians 4:8.
4. Renew our minds with God’s thoughts Romans 12:1-3; Isaiah 55:8, 9.