Posted by: everynation | February 15, 2008

Issues of Life

jeffbullock.jpgby Jeff Bullock

No not Issues of Life Magazine but the issues of the heart.

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

The heart… the seat bed of thoughts and emotions is the engine of our lives. The heart is not a predetermined size nor contains a predetermined amount of knowledge. It is dynamic. Whatever the heart contains determines motives and actions. What we do is absolutely determined by what the heart contains. Circumstances provide opportunities for choices, interactions with people provide opportunities for choices etc. “They” never determine what goes into the heart nor do circumstances determine our actions.

We are the guardians of our own hearts. We alone are responsible for what goes in and how we act.

Matthew 12:33 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.

How to guard the heart?

Make a plan I’ve been told. Make sure you pray and read the Bible daily. Surround yourself with men who will ask you the hard questions. Be accountable to them for your devotions and what you look at. Set up parameters.

I have found accountability is not enough motivation to guard the heart.

Personally my motivation to guard my heart is two fold.

First: A dynamic interactive relationship with Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Philippines 3:10-12 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; …Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.

Really knowing Jesus will rock your world. It will expose you to His world. He usually says it like it …T..I ..is.

Second: From an earthly side: Encouragement is a much more effective deterrent to bad attitudes and “stinking thinking”. Accountability, rebuke and correction are necessary at times but much more infrequent times. Encouragement is necessary at all times, at any time…frequently.

Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

The heart is the most precious commodity we own. Guard it. It is the door of our expression of life.

Jeff Bullock is the author of “The Pub” and is currently planting a church in Budapest, Hungary.

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