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guard your heart

Guard Your Heart

 

Do you believe God has a beautiful plan for your life?  If you don’t, you are denying Scripture and the very words of God.  He has said that He has a plan for your life and that plan is beyond comprehension filled with hope, purpose, and prosperity of the soul (Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, Ephesians 2:10).  These bring meaning and enjoyment to life.  But how do we find this plan?  let’s consider this passage:

 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

 

That last part gives us the answer.  We first must engage in the renewing of our mind.  This is a continual process of forcing our thoughts to conform to Biblical truth,  Then we have the right mindset to change our behavior so that we no longer conform to the pattern of behavior we see in the world.  Then, and only then, can we test and approve what God’s will is.  This means we can look at any situation before us and test it according to Biblical truth to determine our response that will lead to His good, pleasing, and perfect will for our life.

The hardest part about this is learning to think differently.  The Bible uses the word ‘heart’ to take into account our thoughts, our will, and our emotions.  The bible also says the heart is corrupt and deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9) meaning the way we think and feel has, for the most part, been affected by our life experiences.  Our family relationships from early childhood have a great impact on how we feel about ourselves, others, and life in general.  Throughout our life, there are significant relationships that will define core values such as love for us.

I remember counseling a couple once and the man was weeping trying to tell his wife how much he loved her.  She sat next to him on the couch with tears running down her face, but both eyes blackened with bruises from their confrontation a few days earlier.  For them, love had been defined differently, deceitfully and it needed to be redefined according to Scripture.  

Usually, this happens for us at such a young age, we don’t even realize what has happened.  It is dangerous and can separate us from the love of God and His plan for our life.  This is why the Holy Spirit gave us this proverb:

 

Above all else, guard your heart,

for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

 

We must stand guard over our heart in order to set emotional and intellectual boundaries to keep any thoughts or emotions that do not align with Scripture out.  We can’t do this unless we immerse ourselves into the Word of God to find truth, then we stand guard forcing ourselves to not comply with any thought or feeling outside the boundaries of God.  When we learn to master this process, it will radically change our life.

 

Live Blessed and Be A Blessing!

Pastor Lee.net

 

 

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