The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Think about that for a moment…
Everything we do whether good or bad flows from our heart…are heart is our imagination or what we constantly think about.
We must be very careful what we constantly think about, listen to, and look at… and of the ideas, we allow staying in our heart.
The Bible is our filter to decide what we keep in and what we keep out.
Joshua 1:8 says,“ Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Ponder that …
How can you meditate on God’s word day and night?
Jesus said, “ For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander. These are what defile a person; ” (Matthew 15:19-20)
In our world evil things exist, but they don’t have to exist in our thoughts and actions. We don’t have to perpetuate evil or give them life, but we can put them to death.
The Apostle Paul in the book of Colossians says, “ Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” ( Colossians 3:5 )
Think about that…
The theologian Martin Luther said “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair” What steps do you need in order to keep “ Foul thoughts from building a nest in your mind?”
Take a deep breath, release it. With this, you release any impure thoughts you may have had.
You do not need to hold onto them any longer because God has something much better for you.
Take another deep breath release it. Imagine a clean white mist blowing through your heart wiping away every impure thought. Open your hands…with this you forgive your enemies as God has forgiven you. Lift up your hands. Say, Lord, I receive your ways.
In the book of Isaiah 55:9, God says, ”As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Let the thoughts of God saturate you. Be filled with his presence, be filled with His peace, and be filled with His love.
Dear heavenly Father, we honor you. We say that you are above everything else. We receive your power, we receive your wisdom, and we will walk in your presence forever amen.
Take this time to go deeper. Worship, and give God thanks for all he’s done in your life. Offer yourself as an instrument of his grace. Thank him for the many blessings he’s given you.
“Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of the conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose—all this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable.”
– Archbishop William Temple:
Be fruitful and multiply. Stay planted by the Streams of Water