Posted by: rhenderson8110 | April 19, 2013

Guarding Your Heart Part 2

So, how does it start? This being conformed to the world, letting Satan’s influences in, turning away from God… I believe it is subtle. It starts small and before we know it we spend 2 hours during the day on Facebook, another 2 hours at night watching TV and we suddenly can’t function without our music (which may or may not have been strongly influenced by Satan). And we have ‘no time’ for bible study or prayer. The reality is that we are called to light and are to have NO PART in darkness. ‘Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray; into her paths.’ (Prov. 7:25) It begins with ‘straying.’ Where are you straying? In what areas are you dabbling in sin? Are you compromising with what music you listen to? Does a favorite artist have just one song that is overtly sinful but you try to ignore that and continue listening anyways? By contrast we are called to do what is listed here: ‘My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.’ (Prov. 23:26) Have we truly given our heart to God? Are our eyes focused on Him and His ways?

GYH Part 2

‘I will not look with approval on anything;that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.’ (Psa. 101:3) That scripture cut me to the heart. How many things do I see every day that would fall into this category? Satan is doing a great work and it is all around us. This also made me ask myself, do I really ‘hate’ sin? David says in that Psalm that he hates what faithless people do and that he will have NO part in it! (Note that he didn’t say he hated the people… he hated their sin and so should we.) There is nothing unloving about hating sin- remember that because this world will try to convince you otherwise! Are you taking any part in sin? If so, rid your life of it now and remember this command: ‘Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.’ (Col. 3:5) We must put to death those sinful things and we should not be watching movies or listening to music that promotes any of these things. They are ungodly and will be put to death upon the return of Jesus Christ. And by the way, if you are aware of the fact that a music artist is ungodly and you choose to continue to listen to it this is a form of idolatry. Nothing should be so important that we place it above God. Guilty? Me too.

When Alex & I first started throwing things away it got real. I can remember saying, ”Man we’re throwing away a lot of money here.’ And then we remembered this: ‘Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.’ (Phil. 3:8) Perspective. Then it didn’t seem like a loss. It turned from mourning the loss of old loves to an urgent frenzy to remove any ungodliness from our home. (And a fervent burning desire to keep it out!) It’s amazing how God works with us! Remember: obedience first, emotions follow.

Keep an eye out for part 3 of Guarding Our Hearts!

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  1. Perhaps your next birthday present is a book deal because what you write cuts to the heart. Another gem, my love 🙂

  2. […] selection? I go further into choosing godly entertainment in my Guarding your Heart series here, here and here. The bottom line- is anything you own contrary to God’s law? Would you watch those […]


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