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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Your Heart"

Date published: 03/29/2021

1 Timothy 4:2 “Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”

 

   Every month I look at a picture I cut out four years ago.  The picture is of a lifeless 3-year old Aylan Kurdi lying face down alone in the sand.  He was washed up on the surf of a Turkish beach.  My response is the same each month I look at it – I almost teer up.  I cannot throw this picture away for some reason.  I keep seeing the beauty of Aylan, a three-year old boy who today would be seven.  I think the reason I keep this picture is that I do not want my heart to be seared from needless tragedy.  A seared heart takes me a step away from my God who breathes life into my spirit each day. 

 

   I know my heart is filled with events of life and sin that have seared my heart.  Our technological world provides a flood of events that make sin easy and comfortable; complacency okay; and wrong behavior that becomes easier through rationalization.  Jeremiah 17:9 describes the root of our problem, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?”

 

   How can Christians who are new creations in Christ and who possess the Holy Spirit be complacent with sin, tragedy, and evil?  Proverbs 4:23 gives us an answer, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  The heart is the beginning of sin and life. 

 

   Guarding your heart involves three elements: Protecting, feeding, and tending.  Matthew 6:22-23 gives an important way to protect your heart, “The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

 

      2 Timothy 3:16 shows how to feed your heart, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

 

   Joshua 1:8 teaches how to tend your heart, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; 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.”

 

   Our world is a petri dish for compromising your heart.  You must allow God to daily sift your heart for compromise, sin, and deceit while buffeting yourself to protect, feed, and tend your heart for righteousness. 

 

1 Timothy 4:1 “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area:  “Satisfaction” and “Deeper with God.”