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Visualize with me a soldier guarding his post, weapon in
hand. He is alert and watching his
surroundings. This soldier is committed
to his duty and ready to defend against any invading enemy.
God tells us to “Keep
thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs
means to guard, keep watch, be vigilant
with our heart because it determines the course of our life and can
protect us from the enemy. One of the
pieces of our armor in is the breastplate of righteousness which protects the
heart. We should be as committed to
guarding our heart as a soldier of the cross.
Our heart is our innermost being. As surely as our physical heart must actively
pump blood through our system to keep us in good health, our spiritual heart,
which has been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, must be kept in discipline as well.
Another extremely important word declares that “As
a man thinks in his heart so is he” (From
Proverbs 23:7).” Therefore negative
thinking affects our heart against us.
Positive, godly thoughts will strength the heart and the mind. They are interrelated.
Then Jesus takes it one step farther as He taught “A
good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good;
and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which
is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).”
The natural heart: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9).”
find this passage of Scripture awakening, yes alarming: “Because that, when they
knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain
in their imaginations,and their foolish heart was darkened Romans 12:21.” Please note the downhill spiral that leads the darkened heart
into sin farther that he wants to go.
My friend, it does not take very long for a person’s
heart to become cold to the things of
God resulting in one walking according to the self will and flesh.
What is the cure? Romans 10:9 That
if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that
God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
The committed Christian will desire to read and meditate on
Scripture daily. The Word of God is our light, life and direction as we journey
This vigilant and surrendered Christian walks in peace
and joy in the Lord with hope for the future. He knows his enemy and how to defeat
him. Challenges? Yes, but Jesus is our strength and defense. The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices;
and with my song will I praise him (Psalms 28:7).
The LORD uses a surrendered Christian to be light in a
darkened world full of hurting people.
My friend, please examine your spiritual heart and see how healthy it
GOD IS GOOD
- ALL THE TIME!