Friday, April 22, 2011

Guard your Heart

Thursday night, Joe Lechner brought us an incredible message...one that challenged all of us. I am so grateful for Joe...he's served Mission28 for so many years, and even though his role as a pastor is changing, he still takes the time to come and serve us. Joe opened talking about the book of Proverbs itself and how important it's words are. We need to "get wisdom" in order to live because the wise live and fools die. Thursday night's message was called "Guard your Heart" from
Proverbs 4:23-27:
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

It's important what we do with our heart, mouth eyes and feet. The heart is the most important because it is the core of who we are...our essence. Our heart is where emotions, thoughts, desires, values, and morals come from. Our outer appearance is not what defines who we are, but it is our heart...our inward self...our real self that is the wellspring of life.

1 Samuel 16:7 says "But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”"
"You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." - C. S. Lewis
Joe talked about how the heart is important to the commandment to Love your God with all your heart, soul and strength. For a non-believer this is impossible because their heart is spiritually hard. Even for Christians...it's still hard, it's a struggle between our old sinful nature and our new, born again heart. But if we don't fight to keep our hearts in love with God, then it will be in love with something else...and if our hearts are in love with something else, then we are guilty of idolatry.

Do the daily choices I make foster a love for God or steal it away and give it to something else?

What we do with our mouth, eyes, and feet are crucial to guarding our hearts.

Mouth:
  • The kinds of things you talk about have an effect on your heart.
  • Even if something (songs, lyrics, gossip, anger, complaining) bypasses your brain - it does not bypass your heart
  • How wise are you being with your mouth?
  • Guard your lips
Eyes:
  • Keep your eyes on things that are above and away from things that draw your eyes away
  • Obvious: Pornography/ Subtle: Chick-flicks (playing to desires for relationships)
  • If packaged right - it doesn't look like sin...and it lets your guard down.
  • What daily choices am I making with my eyes?
  • What things do you regularly expose your eyes to that leads you away from a love for God?
Feet:
  • Who are you walking with?
  • What are you walking towards?
  • Is it a level path? A straight path? Who is on the path?
  • Where are you going? What are you running after?
  • Are your friends encouraging you to walk in the ways of the Lord or causing you to stray?
What comes out of your mouth, goes into your eyes, and where your feet take you, helps you love God more or leads you directly away from Him.
Guard your heart...and your mouth...and your eyes...and your feet.

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