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 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, 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 ALL 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 (Hebrews 4:12). The Word is a discerner, a divider, a discriminator, and a separator of thoughts.
Some Christians think that every thought in their head is their own thought and they do nothing to sort out their thoughts. As a result the devil can manipulate their life, influence their feelings (feelings follow thoughts), and take them captive at his will. By planting his lies in our thoughts he is enticing us to believe them in order to change our behavior or to get us out of control or ungoverned in some area of our life to change our destiny. We cannot believe everything we think unless we discern the source of our thoughts.
Various verses in the New Testament give us insight of what we MUST to do with thoughts. We are to:
- Discern the source of all thoughts Matthew 16:13-23.
- Bring into captivity every thought 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
- Sort thoughts Philippians 4:8.
- Renew our minds with God’s thoughts Romans 12:1-3; Isaiah 55:8, 9.