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Bible Ballistics: BBs #713 What’s Turning Your Heart???
“For it came to pass, when Solomon was old,
that his wives turned away his heart
after other gods:
and his heart was not perfect
with the LORD his God,
as was the heart of David his father.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth
the goddess of the Zidonians,
and after Milcom
the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil
in the sight of the LORD,
and went not fully after the LORD,
as did David his father.” 1 Kings 11:4
What an indictment for us to consider today. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived (other than Jesus, the God-man Savior) made some foolish choices that cost him dearly. God judged his sin, and the effects of it reached throughout his kingdom, and eventually resulted in a divided kingdom. But for today I want us to consider the import of guarding our heart by keeping our eyes on Jesus and running the race that HE has set before us and called us to! And then I’d simply like to share some scriptures with us about the heart and what a difference a right heart and right choices will make! I’ve learned from experience and God’s Word that “little foxes” can ruin the crop of our heart and life!
“Take us the foxes,
the little foxes,
that spoil the vines:
for our vines
have tender grapes.” Song of Solomon 2:15
We must guard the “crop” of our heart, for Satan is ever busy throwing his “fiery darts” to distract, deter and delay us until we’ve missed the opportunities of service to our Lord and King.
“Be not deceived:
corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Or as the NASB puts it:
“Do not be deceived:
corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 NASB
May we with the Psalmist ever pursue God and HIS truth rather than the prattle of the world.
“Search me, O God,
and know my heart:
and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way
and lead me
in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
And again, great counsel from the Psalmist.
“LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me;
give ear unto my voice,
when I cry unto thee.
2 Let my prayer be set forth
before thee as incense;
and the lifting up of my hands
as the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a watch, O LORD,
before my mouth;
keep the door of my lips.
4 Incline not my heart
to any evil thing,
to practise wicked works
with men that work iniquity:
and let me not eat of their dainties.” Psalm 141:1-4
It is a fulltime job to keep our heart right with God and it requires diligence and determination to keep our eyes set on Jesus.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside
and the sin
which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run
that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus
of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God.
3 For consider him
that endured such contradiction of sinners
lest ye be wearied
and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3
Only Jesus saves and transforms lives—and the transformed heart, while regenerate, is not free from the trials and fleshly temptations that abound around us, but when we keep our hearts, minds and eyes “Looking unto Jesus” we will find the strength and courage to “withstand in the evil day…and having done all, to stand”!
We must be aware of our surroundings and the danger of compromise, for any reason. We must keep our eyes on the prize—Jesus. And while HE will deliver when we seek HIS provision and guidance, HE won’t violate our free will. He is ever at work to conform us into HIS image, but we are called to “walk in the Spirit” and we will “not fulfill the lusts of the flesh”! (See Galatians 5:16 & 25). Yet we can choose to compromise as Solomon did and reap the consequences of our choices, or we can trust to the care of HIM who completes HIS work IN US!
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work
will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
So, my friends, we all have a choice, recognize the dangers of compromise and avoid them, or succumb to the “wiles of the devil”! What’s your pleasure, to allow the things of this world to turn your heart away from God, or to “stand fast in the evil day”? Jeremiah put it quite succinctly.
“The heart is deceitful
above all things,
and desperately wicked:
who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
God knows, God cares, and HE provides a way, if we will but keep our hearts and minds set on HIM.
“Shall not God search this out?
for he knoweth the secrets
of the heart.” Psalm 44:21
And as the author of Hebrews put it, the standard is and will ever be The Word of God! What’s your standard? Like Solomon’s became, due to the influence of his pagan wives? What’s drawing you away? Culture, companions, media, sports, movies, popularity, power, lust…. the list could go on, but you get the point. What will we choose? But be careful, choose wisely there is a test.
“For the word of God is
and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder
and of the joints
and is a discerner
of the thoughts
of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature
that is not manifest
in his sight:
but all things
are naked and opened
unto the eyes of him
with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:12-13
And if you want to see a picture of the contrast read and consider Psalm 1. Blessings on you and yours….
Amen and Amen!!!