When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is [set] before you; for you will put a knife to your throat if you are a man of great appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for it is deceptive food [offered to you with questionable motives]. Do not weary yourself [with the overwhelming desire] to gain wealth; cease from your own understanding of it. When you set your eyes on wealth, it is [suddenly] gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies to the heavens. Do not eat the bread of a selfish man or desire his delicacies; for as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior—one who manipulates]. He says to you, “Eat and drink,” yet his heart is not with you [but it is begrudging the cost]. The morsel which you have eaten you will vomit up, and you will waste your compliments. Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the [godly] wisdom of your words. Do not move the ancient landmark [at the boundary of the property] and do not go into the fields of the fatherless [to take what is theirs], for their Redeemer is strong and mighty; He will plead their case against you. Apply your heart to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge. Prov. 23:1-12
Your thought life is your centre of gravity. The things you attract to yourself are reflections of the quality of thoughts you carry inside you. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behaviour—one who manipulates]” (Prov. 23:7). Instead of blaming circumstances or blaming people for your problem, understand that you can change your outward circumstance by changing how you think. Program yourself for prosperity. You can become whatever you want to be. You can become who God has planned for you to be. The two things that must happen are that you must change how you think, and you must change how you talk. What you think determines what you say. Since you create what you say, what you think determine what you create in your world.
You cannot be talking like a pauper and end up in the palace. God gave us the right to succeed. He gave us the right to determine our destiny; to determine how our lives will turn out. He also gave us the right to choose, and decisions determine destinies. You are constantly deciding the direction your life will go. If you spend your time thinking of how to pull others down, you create around you a ripple effect that begins to work to pull you down. The seed of thoughts you have sown produces a harvest that will ensure that you get multiplied proportions of the things you have sown. If you desire a great life, give your time to thinking of how to make others great, how to help people that are in distress and how to partner with God to conquer evil on earth and establish the Kingdom of the hearts of men.
I am an extension of God’s hands. His goodness, mercy and favour flow through me to others.
Father I ask for enablement to purify my thoughts. I stand against whatever sows a seed of envy, hatred, strife, lust and malice my life. Give me the grace to live a holy and righteous life here on earth to the glory of your holy name, Amen.