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THE POWER OF OUR LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS

What we think at any time is important (Proverbs 23:7), but it seems to me that our late night thoughts are fraught with particular significance because they "set our course" for the next day. If a person drifts off into sleep with prayerful thoughts about God, heaven, and serving the Lord, it can-not help but impact him for good come morning. But on the other hand, if one fills her head at late night with evil thoughts, it can only be productive of wicked pursuits in her daylight activities.

First, let us note the blessings of good late night thoughts: "Stand in awe, and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord" (Psalm 4:4-5). Again, "My soul shall be satisfied ... when I remember thee upon my bed and meditate upon thee in the night watches" (Psalm 63:5-6). Yes, "The thoughts of the righteous are right ..." (Proverbs 12:5).

On the other hand, how spiritually destructive are the wrong kind of late night thoughts. Observe this warning from a prophet of old, "Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they practice it ..." (Micah 2:1). The wicked man "deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good . . ." (Psalm 36:4). No wonder the Bible tell us, "the thoughts of the wicked ae an abomination of the Lord"  (Proverbs 15:26).

The way we live our lives is determined by what we think. Solomon stated that what one "thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). Thus, we cannot over emphasize the importance of thinking good things, and especially at
night upon our beds.—Maxie Boren

" .. 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” —Philippians 4:8

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