Guard Your Heart

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Proverbs 4:23 (The Message)

The kardia, Latin for “heart” is one of the most vital organs in the human body and plays an important part in sustaining life. It is the center of the circulatory system and it pumps blood throughout the body. When the heart stops, life stops.

Many times decisions are made according to our feelings. However, whatever is in the heart will be revealed in our actions. It will come out in attitude, belief, and motivation. The heart determines and influences how we live. It is in the heart that love, desire and emotions reside. In biblical terms, the heart is where rational thinking resides, but it does not exclude the emotional side of the heart. Old Testament scripture states that we should love the Lord our God with all of our heart, thus resulting in the heart playing an important part in our decision-making process.

This proverb cautions us to watch over our heart above everything else because the heart is where life resides. The heart is the fountain from which everything we do or say flows.

We should be aware that the desires of the heart can either help keep us on the right spiritual path or hinder our progress. Keeping our heart focused on God’s Word can help keep us moving in the right direction and enable us to make better decisions. Placing boundaries on the things that we desire will help us stay on the path that God has for us. We should seek to be watchful over our heart at all times and focus our desires on Godly things.

We should seek to have a heart that is willing to give and in so doing be a cheerful giver. Our hearts should be filled with zeal for the works of the Lord. Romans 12:11 states “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord ;”(King James Version). Our hearts should always be renewed and refreshed and amazed with the spirit of the Living God.

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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Birthday Blessings

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Today is my birthday and God said Happy Birthday Betty and because I love you so much Happy Birthday Faye. He smiled at me and told me that I am the love of His life and He gave me another year.

I woke up in good health, breathing, moving, talking, and walking, all without the help of another. My God is an awesome God. He is my friend, my father, and my all.

Birthday Blessings

B = Blessed – I am blessed with all spiritual blessings. Spiritual blessings are eternal blessings. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,…” Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV)

 I = Image of God. – I am created in the image of God. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27

 R = Righteous – I am made righteous through Christ. “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:18-21 (NKJV)

T = Thankful – I am thankful for all that God has done and been in my life. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:15-16 (NKJV)

 H = Happy – My joy and happiness are in the Lord. “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].” Proverbs 15:15 (Amplified)

 D = Day – Psalm 118:24 (NKJV) “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

 A = An Abundance – God desires us to have an abundant life. He wants us to have an abundance of love, joy, peace, forgiveness, guidance, mercy and grace. John 10:10 (NKJV), “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

 Y = Yoke – God wants our yoke and burdens to be given to Him. “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.” Matthew 11:29 (Amplified)

Thank you Lord for a wonderful and blessed birthday!