“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
(Prov 4:23) ~ Solomon
We have failed to focus on the idea of ‘vigilance’ and its heightened sense of urgency when it comes to our heart and what we have let ‘in it.’ I read this earlier,
“Perhaps the problem isn’t what you aren’t doing, but what you are consuming.” (Lusko)
This brings to mind the many times the psalmist referred to God as a refuge. We often focus on its idea of warmth and security and forget what ‘abiding’ in Him and obeying His Word is defending us against, how it’s keeping our ‘spring’ from corruption and what will limit its flow.
Our Body naturally defends our heart at all cost, shutting down other organs, effectively putting the body in a coma, so that our limited resources can be redirected to maintain the heart. Maybe we need to shut down ‘influences’ in our lives to do the same thing with our spiritual heart. We can do this by ‘abiding’ in Christ, filling our minds with His Word, and loving Him by obeying His Word. This brings to mind Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ who lives within me… and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
What is crucified or shutdown is our selfish will, allowing the life of Christ that I now abide in as a refuge, to supply all I need as a spring overflowing, as well as ‘vigilantly’ keep my heart.
Choose wisely what you’re letting in… And what it will cost you…
Praying 4 U…
Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, and grandfather with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is a member of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.
Daily Quote: “In my daily walk with Him, He gives me victory as He teaches me how to abide.” – Judy Harrell
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 2 Corinthians 7:9