Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Heart Problems

1Pe 3:15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy,

Many times men and women who end up with some kind of serious heart problem will say ,looking back, I should have notice the symptoms. But because the symptoms were not really anything too significant they continued on with life as normal without making the necessary lifestyle adjustments to avoid the emergency room.

Setting apart Christ as lord in our hearts can sometimes be the same way. We may think we have enthroned Him in our hearts because our external submission seems to be in line. After all, we attend church, avoid any major sins, and even try to fulfil some Christian duties. But just like the man with the heart problem, who appears healthy on the outside to the rest of the world, make sure you are not ignoring any symptoms on the inside.

Shallowness in studying the word, coldness toward private time in prayer, or private lusts that pull you away from thoughts of Christ need to be addressed. All of these, though you may look healthy on the outside may, if the necessary adjustments are not made, lead to a painful fall that can sometimes take years of spiritual recovery.

Many honor God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him. Regard Christ as holy, not only with your deeds, but with your heart also. The heart is deceitful beyond all measure, you must, by the grace of God, guard it with all diligence. Begin to address any symptoms today. Spend time in His word, call out to Him in prayer, and begin to mortify any sins you’ve been ignoring.

God bless,

Doug

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1 Comments:

At Thursday, July 19, 2007 4:43:00 AM, Anonymous Kim from Hiraeth said...

A very good reminder.

Calvin (I think it was Calvin) said that the human heart is a factory of idols. Even after regeneration and conversion, unless we guard our hearts, they're like a "down elevator." The downward slide easy; we don't have to do anything to loose ground. It's so easy to be deceived.

James puts it this way:

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

 

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