HEART: LIFE’ 5 CONTROL TOWER- 15/04/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “CONFRONT THIS ENEMY-FEAR ”. Today’s message is titled “HEART: LIFE’ 5 CONTROL TOWER ” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Proverbs:4:23: "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. " Today's reading was taken from Proverbs 4:20-23 and the Bible reading in one year is Hosea 11 - 14 and Psalm 81. (Adeboye, 2014).
Quoted below is today's message for our usual discussion
"Physically, the heart's role in keeping a man alive cannot be undermined. This organ is very crucial to human existence. In the non-empirical world, the heart of a man is that part of his soul that directs his physical actions. Jesus made this clear in Mark 7:18-23. It is this ”heart” we are considering in this study. It is popularly said that ”the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart”. This means that the core issues of life are matters of the heart. This is the crux of what our Bible reading today is saying in verse 23. ”Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
What moulds a life comes from the heart. Ordinarily, the Bible says the heart is evil - deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). After a man experiences the salvation of Jesus, the heart is impacted and made available for working upon by the word of God. It's supposed to be a dwelling place for the word of God so that it can be transformed to bring forth virtues, victories and success. For this to be experienced in reality, the child of God needs as a matter of duty to work constantly on the heart through studying, meditating and memorising the word of God.
Basically, the heart of a man can be in any of these four states:
1) The roadside heart
2) The stony heart
3) The thorny heart
4) The good heart
Our Lord Jesus Christ explained these states in a parable he defined as the key to all other parables (Mark 4:1 3-20). The state an individual's heart assumes is the choice of the fellow. The heart is the place to receive knowledge, besides the head. Until knowledge is obtained in thce heart, a person will not benefit from it. What kind of knowledge do you receive into your heart?
A working relationship between the heart and the mouth charts the course of a man's life — whether good or bad. The mouth is the outlet of the heart; thus, the issues that mould a life are coming out of the heart through the mouth. The state of the heart is the true identity of a man. It is the place God looks at to relate to a man (1 Samuel 16:7)."
Today's action point is to examine your thought pattern in the mirror of Philippians 4:8 and pray accordingly.
God bless you richly for your contribution
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.