Bible Ballistics: Are You Guarding Your Heart???? Vol. 4 #15
I wrote on this same subject just a few weeks ago and yet I fell burdened to write again on this same matter. After a recent conversation with someone very dear to me, this subject began to haunt my mind and soul again, then hearing someone else refer to Philippians 4:8 in regard to the things we say, and write, and do, I felt compelled to write again on this issue.
I think we have become so desensitized to the influence of the world on our hearts and minds, that we have forgotten to put on our armor and defend against the onslaught of the enemy of our souls. (See Eph. 6:10-19) Satan is trying to destroy the purity, fruitfulness and power of God’s own children, and he is often using the world around us to do it.
Yes, of course we can find forgiveness when we fail, whether it is in speech, print or action, but we MUST recognize that those things are issues of the heart, not just the outer, fleshly part of the man, woman, boy, or girl—but the heart!!
Jesus himself addressed this issue when He said that it’s not what goes in our mouth (food) that defiles us, it’s what is in our heart!! And what we allow in our hearts WILL come out. So how do we remain pure and faithful? We take action. I’d like to share some scriptures to remind us and be a guide for how we are to take care of our heart, and thence our words, and our actions.
Psalm 141:3-4a, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. 4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity:” We must rely on God’s provision through His Spirit and we can walk in righteousness. (See Gal. 5:16 & 25 “walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”)
Matthew 15:17-19, “Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies….”
We MUST keep our hearts pure from the corruption and vile speech of the world. If we accept and repeat the vulgarity of the world, we have either allowed ourselves to be overcome by the evil around us or we are so deceived and weak-minded that we are being of no use to God because we have forgotten the Lord who calls us to ‘holiness’.
Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
All men, saved and lost, will give an account. (See 1 Corinthians 3:13 and Romans 14:10 & 2 Cor. 5:10 for the saved and Rev 20:11-15))
Philippians 4:8, “Finally Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Check those thoughts at the door of your mind, and if they don’t pass this 8-fold test—refuse them. If it’s not from the Spirit of God, it’s usually from the enemy. Remember our enemy comes to ‘steal, to kill and to destroy’—don’t allow the enemy to ruin your testimony and influence for Jesus by worldly vulgarity and loose morals.
James 3:10-12, “ Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.”
Remember that your words are telling the world what you have inside! Are you a blessing or a curse to those around you? What kind of fountain are you spilling forth on the world? Check your heart.
There’s a story told of a little boy who said bad, vulgar words one day to and about others. When caught and corrected by his father he apologized and was truly repentant and sorry for his misdeed (sin). The next day the father gave him a feather pillow and cut the top of it and had the boy scatter the feathers outdoors and bring the cover back. The father smiled and took the ticking cover and set it aside, saying nothing. The next morning he called the boy and sent him out with the ticking to recover the feathers he had strewn the day before. The little boy returned home with his heart saddened and distraught, as he came home with no more than 1/3 of the case full of feathers and told his father he had recovered all he could find. The wise father told him “It’s that same way with your words, once they are spoken and carried by the winds, damage is done that you can never undo.” We need to learn with the boy and remember the lesson in regard to our words as well. Our Father certainly forgives when we repent and seek His forgiveness, but just as you can pull a nail out of a board—you can never eliminate the ‘hole’ left behind.
1 John 1:9 declares that boldly. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Our God forgives and cleanses but He doesn’t always undo the scope and results of our sin on others. A word once spoken and cast into the heart of another can never be ‘undone’—forgiven, yes—but never undone!!
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds😉 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
It’s a spiritual battle, but we have the tools to win!! We must bring every thought captive to Jesus before it goes out of our mouth, our keyboard, or back into our minds and hearts through media influences.
Guard your heart–be protective of what is allowed into your heart!! What you hear, what you see and watch on TV, what you feed your mind with. Remember—garbage in—garbage out. If I’m redeemed and put God’s Word in—His words will come out. But if I don’t put HIS Word in—what I do put in will produce a crop.
Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” What crops are you planting?????? They will bring a harvest.
“Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go,
keep you longer than you wanted to stay,
and cost you more than you intended to pay.” Source Unknown
And remember the tongue out of God’s control sins.
James 3:6, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
Are you on guard?? Amen and Amen.