Thursday, February 21, 2019

Both H.E.A.R.T. and Ministry and Manners will be held today as scheduled.


The Call to Keep

Today there is a fetish that some people have that we call hoarding. Hoarding points to someone who cannot come to grips with getting rid of anything. In fact, they feel like they must keep everything. While the Bible doesn’t call us to keep everything that has ever been given to us in life, the Bible does sound for a call to keep some things that are spiritually related and that are considered valuable in the eyes of God.

Keeping implies something is valuable.

Keeping implies that we as believers possess certain things.

Keeping implies that work must be down to guard and protect what we have.

With these basic truths is mind, let’s look at two things that God urges his children to keep.

Keep Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

The heart can easily be stolen, and it can easily be given to someone or something. A man’s heart:

• Is deceitful (Jer. 17:9)
• Can be lifted up in pride (2 Chronicles 26:16)
• Can be hardened (Pro. 28:14)
• Can be occupied with abominations (Pro. 26:25)
• Can be full of forwardness (crooked & perverse thoughts) (Pro. 6:14)

It is a believer’s responsibility to guard his heart vigilantly. Without constant, daily attention given to the heart in our walk with God where we allow God to search our heart, the heart will be given over to things which corrupt us.

Mark 7:21-23 (KJV)
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Keep Holiness

James 1:27 (KJV)
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

To be unspotted from the world takes spiritual discipline and work. The world is simply society without God and we live in this world everyday. A society with God means a society without holiness. The pressure upon Christians today is to become worldly. We are to be in the world but not of it.

James 4:4 (KJV)
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

1 John 2:15 (KJV)
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Let’s Illustrate! Think of the world like an ocean filled with water. Believers are to be like boats — the boat’s purpose is fulfilled when it is in the water (cp “in the world”), but it’s function and usefulness deteriorates when water gets in the boat. The Christian loses his way and his purpose when he allows the world to get in him. He loses his identification with Christ, He loses his salt and his light is hid when worldliness corrupts him.

Lot certainly experienced this as he pitched his tent toward Sodom, but Sodom took up residence in his heart and in the hearts of his family members. Lot failed at keeping holiness.

2 Peter 2:7-8 (KJV)
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

Today, as a believer, focus on keeping your heart and keeping holiness. These things are valuable in the eyes of God. Be vigilant, Be alert spiritually. Be ready to fend off the wiles of the devil that would seek to destroy these two precious things that God has given to His children.

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