JULY 2014 NUGGETS OF TRUTH
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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 4:23).  It 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).

 

I 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 persons 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 through life.

 

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 is.

 

GOD IS GOOD - ALL THE TIME!

 

With blessings,

 

Jan