Saturday, June 24, 2017

Is Your Heart Hardened? By Nina Keegan

Is your heart hardened
The Bible says in proverbs 4:23

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance ABOVE ALL that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life...

Above all else God wants us to guard our hearts… Why is this such an important key? 

Because all things pertaining to life flow from our hearts, the Bible says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks… So many times we can hear people's hurts flowing through the negativity of their mindset and attitude.  They never stop faultfinding and complaining about everything… This can be a hardened heart towards the Lord...  The Bible says our hearts can get seared...
Like a callous… We become so hard hearted  that we don't allow the good stuff in… and the bad stuff gets trapped inside...

This happens over time but before you know it, you're in deep… A pity party can turn to a hardened heart very quickly… how the enemy loves to make us feel sorry for ourselves… and to get other people to feel sorry for us too... The bitterness seeps in and the complaining follows and at first it might be about a few things but then , like the spread of an infectious disease, before long there's never anything good to say about anything...

As the mind thinks, the man will follow… 

What you dwell on will become what you live!

A hardened heart is a disease that needs to be addressed and healed..

Our hearts are the soil for the seeds that God wants to plant in us, He wants to give us seeds of hope and victory… But many times our hearts are so filled with pride, jealousy, bitterness anger… this arrogance can keep a person from turning back to God, it claims no need of help from anyone human or divine ... 
this is dangerous territory because many people in this state refuse to repent and think they've done nothing wrong and that the world is venomously out to get them ...

When our hearts are so full of these seeds of discord, there is no room for the good stuff… Like weeds, bitter roots(strongholds) can take over and choke off the good seeds that God's been trying to plant and develop in our lives.

So what exactly does it mean to guard  your heart… What is a guard for in any situation?
A guard at a door boldly stands courageously forbidding the enemy to trespass!
Bodyguards protect and stay vigilant to guard people from assailants...
And yet if our hearts are the source for the springs of all life… Then should we not place the most protective armor and guards around it?… How do you protect yourself..?

Don't stand in the presence of evil, remove yourself from the cracks in the open doorways that allow evil to sneak in… SEAL THEM...Garbage in garbage out, what are the temptations the enemy is dangling on a string in front of you… The ones you know you shouldn't go near? The repeat offenders… The tough weeds…? The ones we tend to water the most with our flawed self will..?

Where have you allowed anger and unforgiveness to take root by routinely discussing those terrible things that happened to you and the reasons why you could never forgive the someone who has hurt you…

All these things have snuck past the guard of your heart and have caused damage, hardness and again have blocked the seeds of victory that God has planted in you…
 These danger zones of negative thinking have choked off the goodness… they are mind tainting... poisoning the good and fertile soil of our hearts.

What is growing in your heart?  Is it time to do some gardening? Some pruning? 

The enemy is always coming to try to steal, kill and destroy, he steals the seed of God's word, he hijacks the promises and tries to make us believe they are never going to come to pass in your life… So you give up on all hope and let your heart become a little more hard each time. 
 The Bible says when you sow seeds into good ground by guarding your heart and by standing on believing what the word says and that God's promises will come to pass…
You can have a victory even if your circumstances don't agree Faith is in what we cannot see…

Do not allow seeds of discouragement, bitterness and anger to affect your faith.
Post the strongest and most vigilant of all guards at the door post of your heart.. DO NOT ALLOW ANYTHING IN THAT IS CONTRADICTORY TO GOD'S WORD!
Allow God to wash you clean and allow the healing power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse and pluck out all of the bitter roots that have calloused your heart, repent...forgive... and let God love you with his radiant mercy, forgiveness and grace… Let these seeds be the ones you water and fertilize...
Let your heart be softened by the love of Jesus...

Recognize the enemies plots and refuse to let them be planted. Replace the wrong thoughts with the right thoughts according to the word of God...

Stay in the word and write it on those tablets of your heart… So you can stand strong in guarding and protecting the most precious part of you from where the springs of all life flow..
Let's all praise and worship God unceasingly, and never let glory stop flowing… God inhabits our praises…we are changed from glory to glory… Let King Jesus take up residence in your heart...❤️

God bless you all in Jesus name I pray that you would have strength to stand guard and to stay focused on all the Lord has for you and that you would have a revelation of his life changing love!

1 Samuel 10:9

Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day
2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Jeremiah 24:7

'I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.
Ezekiel 36:26

"Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
2 Corinthians 7:10

For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
Ezekiel 11:19

"And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,
Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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