Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.
When Jesus talked about the Last Days, He told us to be aware of deception (Matthew 24:4). In the Book of Revelation we have the workings of man’s enemy satan revealed as a “Deceiver” whose chief weapon is deception (Revelation 12:9; 20:3, 8). Jesus said he was a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). He ceaselessly tries to whisper his lies to people to get them to believe what is not true or accept what is false as true. When a person is deceived they are believing a lie and they are wrong but think they are right. We need to realize that satan is a defeated foe but we must use the truth of God’s Word to discern his whispering lies.
A great example of this discernment is the Lord Jesus. 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, was from the Father and not flesh and blood. Moments later after Jesus explained how He must suffer, be killed, and be raised from the dead. 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, He addressed satan.
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…. We must discern the source of the thoughts that come to us. 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 ALL THOUGHTS
Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
2. BRING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 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; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
3. SORT AND SELECT THOUGHTS
Philippians 4:8 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.
4. RENEW OUR MIND WITH GOD’S THOUGHTS
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.