..."and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart."
It has been said that our thoughts rule our lives. What we think about eventually becomes what we do. We cannot divorce our thoughts from our actions, one precedes the other. We could intelligently debate the question, which came first the chicken or the egg. Both sides of this argument could be valid. But, when it comes to thoughts and actions we know that a person does not carry out plans without previously thinking and meditating upon them. Leaving room for those that have an emotional disability of impulsivity in which they act without thinking, we understand that thoughts precede action.
Example: a dedicated Christian worker does not one day get out of bed and say to himself, "Hmmm, I think I need a change of pace, today I will seduce my co-worker and convince her to run away with me and find adventure and excitement in a new place." No. The seeds of adultery and betrayal, escapism and abandonment only begin with a single thought. " Have you noticed how beautiful your co-worker is today?" "Are you not tired of the same ol' same ol'?" "You deserve better than what you have." Then as the thought takes root it becomes a plan and then an action. Without the power of the Word of God operating, standing against the enemies fiery darts of deception, the dedicated man of God may begin to welcome this line of reasoning and fall into agreement with the subtlety of the enemies schemes. However, with the Word of God fresh in his mind and heart the work of the evil one can be recognized and stamped out before it has time to mature into action.
The man of God is not immune to the suggestions of the devil, but his mind becomes the battleground for victory as the Word of God discerns from whence the thought sprang and the intent of the heart. Succinctly, the Holy Spirit will instantly spring into action to bring discernment of an attack and extinguish the flaming arrow with the Word..."I have made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman." Job 31:1.."And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger... For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord and he ponders all his goings ." Job 5:20-21. A righteous man will be tempted...but" the intent of the heart" is always proved by the Word of God. As a struggle ensures for the soul of the righteous, the Word of God surfaces to guide, direct, protect, convict, and restore when necessary. It is a watchman over our souls.
Consider our Lord's own struggle against satan. After forty days of fasting in the wilderness, the enemy came to tempt our Savior. Please remember that Jesus was fully God, but also fully man. In fact very temptation that humans face on earth today, He, himself was tempted with as well, yet, without sin. ( Hebrews 4:15). Because the intent of the Lord's heart was only to obey the Father, the Word flowed quickly and effectively to wash away the enemies connivings. With each of the three temptations so skillfully delivered by the enemy of our souls, Jesus replied with ..."It is written." He drove temptation far away with the living and active Word of God. In so doing, the Lord gave us this ever-effective way to conquer the wiles of the wicked. He, lucifer, will surrender under the duress of the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
We must know it and use it. Welding the Word of God is far superior to trying to outflank the minions of hell. Engaging in combat with the enemy is bloody and painful. Driving him far from us with the Word of God is far superior, less time consuming and soul preserving. We must know the Word (reading, memorizing, meditating) and then open our mouths and speak it with authority given to us under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We must arise and take the offensive ..."taking every thought captive, obedient to Jesus Christ...for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds and the casting down of imaginations and every lofty thought that sets itself against the knowledge of God." II Cor. 10:5
The Word of God ..."they are not just idle words for you---they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess." Deuteronomy 32:47