Guard Your Heart

Sin begins in the heart.  The lust, the greed, the envy, the anger and every other evil thing starts there – deep within.   The words of Jesus don’t leave much room for interpretation:

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, …” – Matthew 15:19-20 (NKJV)

Therefore, how crucial it is that we protect our hearts from the junk that naturally forms there, collects there and then begins to rot.  Consider the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23:

“Keep your heart with all diligence,
     For out of it spring the issues of life.” (NKJV)

Or, as the New Living Translation puts it:

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.”

Let’s be careful what we think about, what we meditate upon and in what directions our hearts might tend to go when we aren’t keeping them under control.  The psalms reveal how prayer and the application of the Scriptures contain the remedies discovered by ancient men of God:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
          Be acceptable in Your sight,
          O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
                                        – Psalms 19:14 (NKJV)

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,
          That I might not sin against You.”
                                        – Psalms 119:11 (NKJV)

Keeping our hearts in the right place takes effort, but the Lord is right there to help us in guarding them if we avail ourselves of His strength.  The Holy Spirit in the heart of every believer in Jesus is more that sufficient for the task.

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  1. Temptation. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

    The meaning of the word temptation in the English dictionary is that temptation is an enticement to do evil. Now, temptations can come to us in many ways, usually when we are at our lowest, when we are discouraged or downcast. Temptation can be evil thoughts of any kind; also they can come in the form of the symptoms of sickness to make us disbelieve that God can get us well again. We have all been there, yes, in unbelief, but we must not believe any other word other than what God has said in the Holy Scriptures.

    Do you remember how Jesus defeated satan in the wilderness, by speaking the Word of God? He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Don’t forget Jesus was very weak and hungry; He was at His lowest, that is when satan comes to you saying, “it is hopeless, you are finished, it is all over.” My friend the devil is a liar. David the shepherd boy said, “God delivered me from the paw of the lion, and the paw of the bear, surely He will deliver me from this uncircumcised Philistine
    (Goliath).” Surely God will deliver you from your problem, so, shout it out,
    “SURELY GOD WILL DELIVER ME.”
    Jesus said, “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you.”

    Now God has provided us a way out of all our problems, if it be temptations of wicked thoughts, or symptoms of some sickness, which the Bible says comes to all mankind, and that way is through faith in His Word, and what Christ has accomplished for us at Calvary.

    The Bible tells us that the great tempter is the devil. Do you remember how he deceived Eve in the garden? Eve said unto the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of tree’s of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it lest you die, and the serpent said unto the woman, “ Ye shall not surely die.” Genesis ch 3: 3, 4. By listening to the serpent instead of God, it brought sin and eventually death.

    So it is with temptation to do evil, the tempter will say, “it is only a small sin, every one else does it,” but the Bible says, “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” we must resist all temptations to do evil. And it is the same with the symptoms of some devastating disease that comes upon you, it must be resisted. The devil will bring evil reports to you from the mouths of men, to get you to doubt God’s Word, so that he can kill, steal and destroy your life. Again I say he is a liar, the Bible says “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers us out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 “With long life will I satisfy him. and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:16. B15

    He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed trusting in the Lord. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely. and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
    Psalm 112:7. Proverbs 1:33.

    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO

    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

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