It is a no-brainer that your life is evidently the result of the contents of your heart. Proverbs 4:23 signified this by admonishing us to “keep” our hearts saying “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”.
As if the Wisdom of Solomon was not enough, a greater than Solomon even Jesus Christ came and said to us “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” – Matthew 15:17-19
Today we will look at two things we need to watch out for and two ways keep our hearts from them.
Philippians 4:6 & 7. “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
“Be anxious for nothing” is actually the way some other translations put this scripture. Is it not amazing to know that we have been told beforehand that we shouldn’t be anxious for anything? You see I have learnt that the problem is not really the problem and the lack is not really the problem neither the delay in answered prayers the problem but rather that we allow them make us anxious. We allow those situations make us worry and drive us mad with nervousness and agitation wondering when they will happen.
A. Prayer of Request with Thanksgiving
You notice that Philippians 4:7 says the “peace of God which passes understanding will keep our hearts and mind through Christ Jesus”. Take that situation to the Lord in prayers not forgetting to thank Him for it, as if it is a done deal. You pray it until that burden lifts and you receive the peace of God that will guard your heart from any anxiety. As a token of your answer, joy will fill your heart almost as if you have received your request.
Luke 21:34 & 36. “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”.
Remember the parable of the sower and the ground that couldn’t bring forth any fruit because the word of God was choked by the cares of this life? Yes, that is how dangerous this can get. Surfeiting means to overindulge yourself and the cares of life include all our basic necessities and more. Food, clothing, shelter, money, school fees, debts, desire for recognition etc. you name them. When you allow your heart to be “overcharged” and overloaded with all this, you are running life at a risk. The coming of the Lord might just take you unawares jumping from pillar to post to meet this ever increasing list of needs. Jesus said we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things that the Gentiles seek shall be an addition to us.
B. Pray Always
That Luke 21:36 says the way out is to watch ourselves such that we don’t get carried away by these things and to pray always.
It is worthy of note that both scriptures suggest prayers as a way to keep our hearts. Prayer of requests with thanksgiving and praying always with watching and for the latter the Holy Spirit can be of immense help. Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” and 1 Corinthians 14:2 says “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”.
It is my prayer that you will imbibe the culture of a prayer life with which you can effectively keep your heart and be ready at the last trump. Watch and again I say watch!
I love you but He loves you more!
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