• “Our flesh is always looking for ways to spiritualize our self-exaltation–the Spirit glorifies Another.” – Abigail Dodds

On Guarding Your Heart by Michelle

 

I have often heard that “one must guard their heart.” And it is usually in the context of male-female relationships, but is this the only time we are to guard our hearts?

The Bible tells us in Song of Solomon, not to open love before it is time. If we did this it would be “concupiscence,”(Col 3:5) which in the greek is  ”a longing (especially for what is forbidden): – concupiscence, desire, lust (after). ” or “ to set the heart upon.”

If our longing is pure, we do not long for it beyond what the Lord has allowed for us at that time. But only ask for His will in the matter. For instance, 2 Sam 2:4-10 and Job 1:21,”He gives and He takes away”.

So, is this the only place that we need to guard our hearts? Eph. 6:14, “having on the breastplate of righteousness.” A breastplate in battle was to protect the inner organs, as spiritually the “breastplate of righteousness” is to protect the inward workings of the Lord in  us. If we allow anything to distract us, it could cause us to fall into this sin of concupiscence, among other sins. So “let us hold fast the profession of our faith” (Heb. 10:23), looking unto the author of our salvation.  To love the world and its sins thereof is to be an enemy to God. So while living in this world, we are given hope to eternal salvation in which guarding our hearts will no longer be necessary, but until that day it is necessarily so.

The only way to protect ourselves from the sin of concupiscence, among other sins, is  to wear His righteousness. Let us hold fast to the sound doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing and hoping that He is able to keep us unto the day of redemption when the sins of this world will no longer be a temptation.

The earthly will never save, but only that which is stretching forth to our heavenly calling of being righteous and holy. The only way to escape the corruption of the lusts of this world is to put on the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4).

But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God,how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Gal 4:9

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2Ti 1:7

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  • “I never felt such an entire emptiness of self-love, or any regard to any private, selfish interest of my own. It seemed to me, that I had entirely done with myself. I felt that the opinions of the world concerning me were nothing, and that I had no more to do with any outward interest of my own, than with that of a person whom I never saw. The glory of God seemed to be all, and in all, and to swallow up every wish and desire of my heart” – Sarah Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards

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But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. — 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)

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