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2 Kings 6:8-12 (NIV)
8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, "I will set up my camp in such and such a place."
9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: "Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there." 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, "Will you not tell me which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?"
12 "None of us, my lord the king," said one of his officers, "but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom."

It's one thing to know that God knows our thoughts, hears what we say. It an entirely different issue to think He'd repeat it. In this case, God revealed the battle plans of the Aramites to Israel through Elisha. But what if God revealed the plans of my heart to those I was plotting against? I don't think I have any ill will directed towards anyone or any situation. I can say that there are times that I have not guarded my heart and allowed vain imaginations to shape what I think about individual people and situations. What if those things ever got out? What if God went public with my plans for self-promotion?

I know the tack I've taken isn't the best exposition of this scripture. Still, I feel the Holy Spirit checking me...Are there things I give myself permission to say (feel...think...) in private that if made public would expose my self-serving pride, or can I keep those things in check and bring them under authority? I want to live with integrity; being the same in private as I am in public. When it comes to my plans I don't what to have any bedroom secrets.

Lord, my the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be pleasing to you (Psalm 19:14). Let every thought be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)

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