January 8, 2021

BE ON GUARD - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that  God  has  given  for  you  today  is  from the book of  Proverbs 4:23 , “Above all guard your heart for everything you do  flows from it.”

From the above context we see that there is an intensity and urgency in pleading you to guard your heart about all else, for the Bible says ,  the heart is the seat of the thoughts, the will, the conscience and the emotions. The heart is the storehouse for wisdom and all that influences the life and character of an individual, and Jesus reminds us that we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, with every part of our inner being.

As water reflects the face so one’s life reflects the heart.  The Bible says, Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes, rather it should be that of your inner self, the unfolding beauty of a gentle and quite spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. Therefore we need to adapt the nature of Christ to a good extent and maintain a loving and   helpful attitude. A quality to consider the poor, and the needy, the widows and the fatherless.

Your heart should   not rule your lives and dictate your decisions for unguarded feeling can fluctuate; unguarded emotions can twist and turn on a whim; unguarded thoughts can toss to and fro like the wave of the sea and an unguarded will can lead you away from the path of peace. The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and unless checked and guarded above all things, will influence our lives for evil and not for good.   So it is necessary for you   to guard your hearts as the highest priority. For the heart is the source and well-spring of life, the heart is the repository for life, the treasury for truth, the warehouse of wisdom.

The Bible says, the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. But the Lord says, I search the heart and examine the mind to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve. So you need to guard your heart above all else. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man. Usually people look at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.

As Christ is our life, our truth, and our wisdom and the Lord searches the heart and tests the mind and we are to guard our heart to receive the knowledge of Him Who has brought us out of darkness into His glorious light and Who has taken us from the doors of death and breathed into us the breath of the new-life in Christ. All you got to do is to love the Lord your God and with all your heart, with all your soul and with your entire mind. Learn to be strong and take heart all those who hope in the Lord. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. For blessed are all those who keep his statutes and seek God with all their heart. May the Lord help you to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep His commandments to serve Him with all your heart and your soul. God Bless You.

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day.  Lord help us to   guard our heart above all things. Search   our heart and know our thoughts and see if there is any wicked way in us and guide us into the path of righteousness.  Let not our heart influence our lives. Teach   us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, with every part of our inner being.

In Jesus name we pray.


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