Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Proverbs 4:23

Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.

Daily Devotional
What you give your heart over to eventually will rule your behavior and life. That is what this proverb is warning us about. For as a man’s feet are lead by his eyes. So the human heart is lead or mislead by what it embraces. And thus ones heart (that is the desires within it) often dictates what one's person and life will be like. Therefore keep your heart with all diligence is an exhortation for us to be discerning and careful about we embrace as truth and this we can do by keeping it solidly grounded in the Word of God. For it is only by knowing the Word of God that sin and error can be rightly exposed. For in this world there are many philosophers and philosophies, many “religions” and "belief" systems, and many if not all are contrary to the truth of God’s Living Word and thus God's Living Son Jesus Christ. Likewise popular culture in unending forms and mediums daily expounds various sins, vices and pleasures as the purpose and pursuit of our lives. Many subtle and not so subtle things to appeal to or entice the sinful nature of us all are bound up in this world; yet are so easily and readily justified by popular opinion and or assimilation. (Nonetheless consider what the Lord Jesus says in regards to these Matt. 18:7-9). Therefore my exhortation to you is guard your heart with all diligence and do not build your faith upon the transient values and "evolving" opinions of unregenerate men and women. Rather guard your soul by building your faith upon the Rock: that is the Lord Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead and learn obedience to His and His Apostle’s commandments. For that is the only safeguard against falling into the deceptions of Satan, who is the "god" of this world who ensnares and deludes all those who are ignorant, disobedient; or worse in their unbelieving pride make light of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word sent to save them and all who will believe in Him, from eternal destruction and the judgment to come. Therefore as a child of God be watchful and circumspect in all things, for there are many things (moral, spiritual, even doctrinal things) that believers can easily stumble into if they are ignorant and unaware of the dangers that are both in the world; and sadly, inside the house of faith as well (2 Cor. 11:13-15).

Scripture Quotations
The New King James Version. 1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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