Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Heart: Part II

Heart: Part II continued from Heart: Part I

The Heart Must Be Conformed to God
The Bible says that our hearts are desperately wicked and for that reason, we must ask God to help us mold them into hearts that follow Him. In seeking to become like God, one must study and understand the heart of God. What do we know about God? He hates sin. This type of examination is painful. Our hearts do not naturally desire God and His precepts. We need to seek conformity with God, not to this world. Psalm 84:5 says, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.”

The Heart Must be Protected
We hear about guarding our hearts, protecting our purity, putting on the full armor of God. Ephesians 6:12-13 writes,

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

We protect our hearts that they may remain sensitive to the evils of sin, and not callused.

Imagine the heart is like a castle. Although the king of the castle may have lands and people that lie outside its boundaries, the castle is the main fortress. If those castle walls are strong, well maintained, and well guarded, then the enemy will be hard put to enter. However, if the walls have been broken down, the gate breached, and the guard sleeps, then it will be easy to conquer that castle. So it is with your heart. What things have crept into your life that compromise the “security” of your heart?

In C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, the senior devil, Screwtape, advises his nephew that the best way to bring a man down is not to confront him directly, but wear him down. Screwtape writes,

“We know that we have introduced a change of direction in his course which is already carrying him out of his orbit around the Enemy; but he must be made to imagine that all the choices which have effected this change of course are trivial and revocable.”

Luke 11:21 says, “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.”

The Result of Heart Work
Jeremiah 24:7 says, “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.”

If we live in accordance with God’s word, loving Him with all our heart and soul and mind, then we will be able to say, “Lord, you have my whole heart.”


Wholesome Works said...

Great Post!

Guarding one's heart is very difficult, especially in today's society which yells "tolerance", when they really mean permissiveness.

Only God can keep you, or make you, sensitive to sin, while it bombards you from all sides.


Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Very good. You asked a great question when you wrote,

"What things have crept into your life that compromise the “security” of your heart?"

I need to keep that constantly in my thoughts and prayers as I guard against the enemy’s onslaughts. Thank you for this reminder!

BrittLeigh said...

That is quite a challenging read! It's so easy to let things creep in and wreak havoc in a subtle way. May God give us (me) the grace to guard the chambers of my heart. Thanks for this, and I love your site ;).