Author Topic: Above all else, guard your heart.  (Read 115 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Derek1955

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 47
  • Gender: Male
  • Welcome our New Member
Above all else, guard your heart.
« on: July 31, 2020, 09:58:02 AM »

Welcome to the Biblical and Theology Section of 1Faith

[Raise a Debate] @ 1faith

Your post will be answered shortly

Raise a Debate - by posting bait !
Proverbs 4:23  ?Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

That is not a simple request but a command that we keep our hearts pure. Pure? In today's world? To do that we surely would have to turn off our televisions, avoid our computers, stop watching films and no longer read newspapers and magazines.  But that is not what Jesus said to His followers nor to us: ?As you sent me into the world, I have sent them - [all of His followers] - into the world? (John 17:18).

For as long as we?re here, living in the world, this is where Christians are meant to work and to live and to set an example to others by putting the light by which we live on a hill and not hiding it under a bushel. 

Surrounded by constant temptations and pulled every which way, we are called and equipped by God through Christ and the Holy Spirit to choose all things wisely and to dedicate our lives to the glory that is God by loving God and by loving others as ourselves. 

If we obey those two great commandments to our utmost then, as we are promised by Paul in his letter to the Philippians 4: 7  KJV, ?The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.?.

Welcome to the Biblical and Theology Section of 1Faith

[Raise a Debate] @ 1faith

Your post will be answered shortly

Raise a Debate - by posting bait !

Offline Derek1955

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 47
  • Gender: Male
  • Welcome our New Member
Re: Above all else, guard your heart.
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 10:01:03 AM »
Proverbs 4:23  ?Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

That is not a simple request but a command that we keep our hearts pure. Pure? In today's world? To do that we surely would have to turn off our televisions, avoid our computers, stop watching films and no longer read newspapers and magazines.  But that is not what Jesus said to His followers nor to us:? (John 17:18). As you sent me into the world, I have sent them - [all of His followers] - into the world

For as long as we are here, living in the world, this is where Christians are meant to work and to live and to set an example to others by putting the light by which we live on a hill and not hiding it under a bushel. 

Surrounded by constant temptations and pulled every which way, we are called and equipped by God through Christ and the Holy Spirit to choose all things wisely and to dedicate our lives to the glory that is God by loving God and by loving others as ourselves. 

If we obey those two great commandments to our utmost then, as we are promised by Paul in his letter to the Philippians 4: 7  KJV, The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Offline Cariad

  • Awarded Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 419
  • Welcome our New Member
Re: Above all else, guard your heart.
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 02:08:20 PM »
Proverbs 4:23  'Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.'

That is not a simple request but a command that we keep our hearts pure. Pure? In today's world? To do that we surely would have to turn off our televisions, avoid our computers, stop watching films and no longer read newspapers and magazines.  But that is not what Jesus said to His followers nor to us: (John 17:18). 'As you sent me into the world, I have sent them - [all of His followers] - into the world

For as long as we are here, living in the world, this is where Christians are meant to work and to live and to set an example to others by putting the light by which we live on a hill and not hiding it under a bushel. 

Surrounded by constant temptations and pulled every which way, we are called and equipped by God through Christ and the Holy Spirit to choose all things wisely and to dedicate our lives to the glory that is God by loving God and by loving others as ourselves. 

If we obey those two great commandments to our utmost then, as we are promised by Paul in his letter to the Philippians 4: 7  KJV, The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Hello @Derek,

We are to be IN the world, but not OF it, aren't we.

'I have given them Thy word;
.. and the world hath hated them,
.... because they are not OF the world,
...... even as I am not OF the world.
I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world,
.. but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

.... They are not of the world,
...... even as I am not of the world.
........ Sanctify them through Thy truth:
.......... Thy word is truth.
As Thou hast sent me into the world,
.. even so have I also sent them into the world.
.... And for their sakes I sanctify Myself,
...... that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Neither pray I for these alone,
.. but for them also
.... which shall believe on Me through their word;'

(John 17:18-20) 

Thank you
In Christ Jesus
Chris

Offline Cariad

  • Awarded Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 419
  • Welcome our New Member
Re: Above all else, guard your heart.
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 02:17:21 PM »
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
.. Let your moderation be known unto all men.
....The Lord is at hand.
...... Be careful for nothing;
........ but in every thing 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.
Finally, brethren,
.. whatsoever things are true,
.... whatsoever things are honest,
...... whatsoever things are just,
........ whatsoever things are pure,
.......... whatsoever things are lovely,
............ whatsoever things are of good report;
.............. if there be any virtue,
................ and if there be any praise,
.................. think on these things.
Those things,
.. which ye have both learned,
.... and received,
...... and heard,
........ and seen in me, do:
.......... and the God of peace shall be with you.'

(Philippians 4:4-9)   

Offline Cariad

  • Awarded Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 419
  • Welcome our New Member
Re: Above all else, guard your heart.
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2020, 04:24:07 PM »
'And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.'

(Php 4:7) 

Hello @Derek1955,

I remember reading this, a long time ago now, and being blessed by the knowledge that the word, 'keep', means to, 'Garrison'.  For the Lord garrisons our hearts, as though with a company of soldiers, or as with a ring of thorn bushes guarding a home in the wilderness from wild animals.  He garrisons our hearts and minds in the manner described in Philippians 4.

Praise God!

In Christ Jesus
Chris

Offline Cariad

  • Awarded Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 419
  • Welcome our New Member
Re: Above all else, guard your heart.
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2020, 04:42:26 PM »
'Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life.'

(Proverbs 4:23) 

Forgive me for yet another response, but I have been so blessed by this today, @Derek1955,  I have read Proverbs 4, and what a lovely chapter it is, isn't it?  So in line with the chapter from Philippians that you refer to. Just thinking on this verse alone has the promise of
blessing, as you think of 'the heart' which though the organ from which are 'the issues of life', the same can be said of it in terms of the emotions and desires associated with it:-

'But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.'

(Mat 6:20-21)  

'A good man out of the good treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is good;
and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is evil:
for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.'

(Luke 6:45) 

Thank you
In Christ Jesus
our risen and glorified,
Saviour, Lord and Head.

Chris







Offline Serenity

  • Moderator
  • ***
  • Posts: 71
  • Welcome our New Member
Re: Above all else, guard your heart.
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2020, 08:25:59 PM »
Really liked reading through all this thread.  I was musing on this protect your heart Scripture myself and this was maybe another perspective on that.  Knowing that we shouldn't equally allow our hearts to be our prison.  That God is the key and to trust Him.  Will post my thoughts (please know i am not a theologian academic, nor do i have extensive knowledge of greek, hebrew et al!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

DO WE OVER PROTECT OUR HEARTS?
 

Proverbs says we should protect our heart, but have we  over applied this precept to our lives? Life can be unkind and this existence is not all rosy, lovey-dovey stuff.
We are constantly bombarded by the enemy, even more so when switched on with God, to drag us down, keep us down, keep us underfoot, even trying to bring our demise before our full liberation.

 
IS PRISON REALLY THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE?
 

Heart protection can be a open or closed prison door.
It is right that we protect our heart, but not from everyone and everything, but by discernment from the enemy, even in others.
Not everyone is sent from God into your lives, the devil too can send people to you to try send you off course.

Being a ship on an open seas, you can come across many others out there, not all are on a God journey, not all are on a simple journey. Some are pirates sent to steal and destroy those treasures you have picked up over the course of time.
Do not let the pirates steal your joy, your peace, your treasures, your love.
Do not let go of it, these are the treasures to guard within your hearts.

 
HOW FAR SHOULD WE GO TO PROTECT OURSELVES?
 

God does connect you up with ?safe people? or connections, or brothers and sisters, whom you know deep down really are good people whom will keep your confidences.
However, no matter how much you trust or believe in those people as being good people, we have become that accustomed to self preservation and protection, that it is difficult to even remove those walls from them too.
How far do we allow someone in?

GOD IS LOVE AND GOD IS SPIRIT, AND WE ARE TO BE FILLED WITH HIS LOVE AND SPIRIT.

I often write this, but what is it exactly, the ramifications of this?

Well it means we are Emmanuel to those we come across, we are to be Emmanuel to those who are around us, who God has put across our path.

You are to love, trust and open yourselves up fully to these people.
You know who they are because your spirit is drawn to them like bugs to a light.

God?s Spirit in you, is always trying to reconnect to His Spirit in others, to join together the Body of Christ.
Like when you prophecy over dry bones, the sinew and bones come together, the skin is formed, the body is created?so the same is when the Body of Christ comes together and is knitted.

What God builds has solid foundations and never fails or falls, which includes His body, His new Jerusalem.

 
BY LETTING OTHERS IN WE ALSO OPEN UP TO GOD

 
We have got to be strong enough to let God in, to let the rest all go out.
If you want true liberation, true freedom, true intimacy then you have to take courage and be brave, this is the spirit that God has given you.

God is telling me that for His children to be truly free, to truly be free and Spirit led, they need to let it all go, let it all out.
The effects of this world has put a barrier between man and Him?the hurts, the pains, the breaks, the neglect. 
Only then His Spirit will truly be able to flow unrestricted among the Body of Christ here on earth.

His Spirit cleanses. We can do all things through Him who strengthens us.  Amen

🔥💖GOD CAN USE ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, ANYONE, ANYHOW, FOR HIS GOOD AND PURPOSE 💖🔥

Offline Cariad

  • Awarded Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 419
  • Welcome our New Member
Re: Above all else, guard your heart.
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2020, 09:44:06 PM »
Quote
@Serenity said,

We have got to be strong enough to let God in, to let the rest all go out.
Hi Serenity,

Thank you for your response.  It was good to read your perspective on this.

These words of yours that I have quoted made me think of the prayer of Paul in Ephesians three, where he prays,

'For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
.. Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
.... That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
...... to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;
........ That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;

that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
.. May be able to comprehend with all saints
.... what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
...... And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
........ that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus
throughout all ages, world without end.
Amen.'

(Eph 3:14-21) 

* Yes, that strengthening with might by His Spirit in the inner man is necessary, that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith, that the rest of that prayer may find it's fulfillment in and through us. 

Thank you.
Within the love of Christ our Saviour,
Our Lord and Head.
Chris

Welcome to the Biblical and Theology Section of 1Faith

[Raise a Debate] @ 1faith

Your post will be answered shortly

Raise a Debate - by posting bait !
 


SimplePortal 2.3.6 © 2008-2014, SimplePortal