IDOK Devotion for Thursday, March 18, 2010
Guard Your Heart
As I read Philippians 4:6 and 7 today: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus., I asked how important is it to guard my heart? I found the answer at Proverbs 4:22 (NIV) 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Above all else – pretty important, wouldn’t you say? From there I went to Proverbs 24 and right in the middle of all of it I found this: 17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, . . . .
Shall we apprehend from this that when someone has done us wrong and that old adage ‘what goes around comes around’ is manifested in their lives, if we rejoice over their calamity we have failed to guard our hearts? Hard to take, isn’t it? That is until we read that failing to guard our heart by indulging in unholy gladness displeases our LORD. Is not this reason enough in ALL circumstances to guard our heart? A rhetorical question: what am I doing to guard my heart today? What are you doing to guard your heart today?
Now let me give you some feel good verses and close for today.
Psalm 3:2-4 (NASB) 2 Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah. 3 But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. 4 I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.
I confess, my LORD, I have not done all things well today but You have been faithful and I am grateful. I am grateful that You are a shield about me. I am grateful that You are teaching and training me to guard my heart and I am grateful that I am learning. Thank You. I am grateful for the work You have done in our IDOKs and Readers. I am grateful that You tend us completely, You offer comfort to the grieving and I pray we accept; You offer wisdom and discernment to honest seekers and I pray we receive Your Counsel; You offer healing to broken souls and I pray we say yes; You heal our illnesses and infirmities, thank You. And now we ask You specifically for each soul and each situation listed here for Your Will to be done. We pray for our IDOK Troops to be protected in spirit, soul and body today. We pray for their families back home to be of good courage. I pray for Israel to know Your Peace, for their enemies to be subdued. And, ABBA, I present myself and all who will agree that You take a reading on our hearts, see what’s there, see what pleases You and what does not, please convict and provide us with grace and wills to renounce anything in us that offends Your Holiness and cause us turn from it in Jesus Name and for His sake. Continue to call Christian Churches to become Houses of Prayer. Save America from Her sins. Empower us as Your Witnesses to refuse to be silent – let us speak and serve You with boldness today and forever more. Amen and amen.