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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Heart Check

4:23-27 Our heart—our feelings of love and desire—dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon tells us to guard our hearts above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections lead you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires: Don't go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and don't get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin. — Life Application Study Bible NLT
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‪#‎heartcheck‬ 💗 Guarding our hearts is a constant thing! As born again believers in Jesus Christ, we can't look like the world. We can't love God and sin (can't tolerate it or support it because we will one day answer to God.) With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are able to discern good from evil. We can't do the things that we used to do before we were saved. Though we may fall into temptation & sin, we must repent. We have to be very careful of secular music, tv shows, movies, corrupt people, clubs, alcohol & drugs, false doctrines & whatever evil influence in the world because those things plant seeds in our hearts rather we know it or not.
🌱Rather, good or bad, seeds are constantly being planted into our hearts... & what's in our hearts WILL eventually come out in our lives. With God, we can get to the root and tear those bad seeds out. But, we must ALWAYS practice guarding our hearts so that we can prevent bad seeds from planting & producing bad fruits. (Jesus Teaches about Fruit in People's Lives: Luke 6:43-45/Matthew 7:15-20)

6:45 Jesus reminds us that our speech and actions reveal our true underlying beliefs, attitudes, and motivations. The good impressions we try to make cannot last if we are being deceptive. What is in your heart will come out in your speech and behavior. — Life Application Study Bible NLT
‪#‎heartcheck‬ �� What's in your heart will come out when you talk. People will tell if you're a true believer or not by your speech & actions. For example, "a drunk mind speaks a sober heart." The alcohol may have influenced the corrupt speech, but the thoughts originated from the heart.
�� "But the words you speak come from the heart — that's what defiles you." Matthew 15:18
15:16-20 We work hard to keep our outward appearance attractive, but what is deep down in our heart (where others can't see) is more important to God. What are you like inside? When people become Christians, God makes them different on the inside. He will continue the process of change inside them if only they ask.
 — Life Application Study Bible NLT 

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