Guard your heart…Here’s how.

guard your heart

 

THIS IS NOT POLITICAL. It is an analogy. A metaphor. An allegory. A illustration. Any of these things that strikes your fancy. But, it is not political. Ok?

“The first lesson is to never underestimate a threat, never underestimate an enemy, never ignore the signs of danger. We can’t assume the enemy will act in ways that are convenient for us. The enemy can surprise us. Israel will not fall asleep on its watch again.” – Benjamin Netanyahu

How many of us have fallen asleep on the watch over our hearts, minds and lives?

Know that we do have a serious enemy…satan.  (Btw, I purposely don’t capitalize his name.) This isn’t some playground bully. This is an enemy who wants to devour every good thing in our lives. His sole purpose is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Don’t underestimate or ignore that he really has plans and will do all he can to bring destruction of every kind.

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
 ~ Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

John 10:10 (NLT)
 ~ The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

But, you know what the super good news is? He’s just not powerful enough to accomplish his goals without our cooperation. The enemy needs us to get skeptical, lazy, offended, self-absorbed, distracted, or distrusting of God – asleep on our watch – to give him access to devour us.

I am determined to be inedible. Not fit for enemy consumption. Not a tasty morsel. If that evil punk or one of his minions tries to take a bite out of me, I want every taste to be so unpleasant and sickening that I quickly become unappetizing.

Sounds good. But, how?

James 4:7 (NLT) ~ 
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Again, sounds good. But, how?

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT
) ~ And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

Most of us don’t think that we get angry very often. Almost all of us underestimate our readiness to be angry. Learn to recognize anger in all its disguises. Offense. Hurt. Disappointment. Impatience. Unforgiveness. It isn’t always evidenced by rage and shouting. In fact, it rarely is evidenced by outbursts and extreme behavior. It’s usually bubbling right under the surface – at the ready to feed on anything that inconveniences us, offends us, or hurts us. Give it control or sustain it…give a foothold to the devil.

You know what the definition of “foothold” is?

A secure place from which further progress may be made. (Google)
 A position usable as a base for further advance. (Merriam-Webster)

Psalm 37:8 (Holman)
 ~ Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated–it can only bring harm.

Anything else we can do to humble ourselves before God, resist the enemy and thwart his access and plans? Absolutely…

James 3:16 (NLT) ~ 
For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

We can be diligent and vigilant to recognize the choices, attitudes and actions that open the door and welcome in the enemy’s destruction. Feeling jealous of someone? Feeling prideful? Comparing ourselves with others and coming up feeling either inferior or superior? STOP!

That’s right. STOP. If we just go on and let that settle in, we set the table for the enemy to feast. On us. Bringing disorder, confusion and evil of every kind as the seasonings and sauces he likes on everything he devours.

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) ~ 
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

I want to end with this scripture. It’s a repeat. It is the recipe for the enemy’s failure to steal, kill and destroy us. There is a promise of our victory and his defeat…

James 4:7 (NLT) ~ 
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
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Humble ourselves before God (accept that His ways are higher, superior, and the only truly victorious and successful ways).

Resist the devil – by not taking the bait constantly offered to be hurt, jealous, irritated, impatient, angry…whatever we already KNOW gets us stuck and vulnerable.

And, guess what happens when we HUMBLE ourselves and we RESIST the enemy?

He will have to flee. According to Merriam-Webster, that means he will:
 
FLEE – 1. run away from a position of danger (YES…we are a place of danger for him when we don’t cooperate with his plans!)
2. hurry toward a place of security (YES…our resistance is a place of danger and insecurity for the enemy)
3. pass away swiftly. vanish. (Yes…he leaves quickly and there isn’t a trace of him left)

Will he try again? Sure. But we aren’t ignorant of his strategies. We know how to thwart them. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

Be encouraged. The instructions are clear. The victory guaranteed.

God is good & He adores us!!!

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