Whats your guide

#whatsyourguide
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NLT
Our hearts—our feelings of love and desire—dictate 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 push 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.
Proverbs 4:23 instructs believers to, “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” When Solomon refers to guarding the heart, he really means the inner core of a person, the thoughts, feelings, desires, will, and choices that make that person who he/she is. The Bible tells us that our thoughts often dictate who we become (Proverbs 23:7; 27:19). The mind of a man reflects who he really is, not simply his actions or words. That is why God examines the heart of a man, not simply his outward appearance and what he appears to be (1 Samuel 16:7). (Life Applications Study Bible)
Just as many diseases and disorders can affect the physical heart, there are many ailments of the spiritual heart that can impair growth and development as a believer. Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries due to accumulated cholesterol plaques and scarring in the artery walls. Hardening of the spiritual heart can also occur. Hardening of the heart occurs when we are presented with God’s truth, and we refuse to acknowledge or accept it.
So a man thinks so, is he! What a statement yet very accurate. I remember this, “I had an intense burning desire to become a Champion triathlete.” These words were written on small yellow cards, named affirmation cards. A reminder of what your goal is. I always wonder how many people in the world apply this principle to their daily spiritual and physical lives? What form of affirmation do you use?
Over the years it’s apparent that you will live longer and have a better quality of life if you exercise and eat correctly. If you are in good shape physically, you will have an excellent quality of life.
The same applies to your spiritual life. Above in the commentary, it gives you an explicit instruction for perfect spiritual life. Here is a couple of them.
* Put boundaries on your desires
* Don’t go after everything you see.
* Keep your eyes fixed on goals
* Don’t get sidetracked
* Keep your mouth free of perversity.
* Keep corrupt talk from your lips
* Fix your gaze before you.
* Give careful thought to the path of your feet.
Growing up I remember we sought all sorts of activity to get fulfilment. None of it was lasting. We thought that physical activity would give you inner peace. The only lasting peace is mental peace. Many things in this world will rob you of that. That is why Solomon says to guard your heart. My experience is that all the instructions to achieve that is in the Bible. Just take the time to study it.
“Lord I thank you for salvation and Your Word the Bible. I pray that all people will be touched the way I am. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”
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Consider others

#considerothers
 
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭1-2  NLT)‬‬‬
Although God is all-powerful and all-knowing, he has chosen to let us help him change the world through our prayers. How this works is a mystery to us because of our limited understanding, but it is a reality. Paul based his instruction about prayer for everyone on his conviction that God’s invitation for salvation extends equally to all people. The word everyone captures the nature of the gospel. The world that God loves includes every person (John 3:16). He loves us as individuals whom he knows intimately (Psalm 139:13-18). Paul urges us to pray for “all people.” Our earnest prayers will have powerful results (James 5:16).
 
We should pray for those in authority around the world so that their societies will be conducive to the spread of the Good News. (Tyndale Study Bible)
What amazes me is how people are critical of others. Nobody in this world is perfect. We all think we righteous at times. We get this idea in our minds that everybody and everything around us is in the wrong. So how do we measure to God’s righteousness?
You see, our relationship is not what we do for God, but what He does for us. He knows our needs better than we know ourselves. So we don’t need to pray for ourselves, instead, pray for others.
A solution might be right before your eyes. We can be so one dimensional that we may never see it. Keep praying for others.
We don’t earn our salvation; it’s a gift from God. He gave his only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. So all we have to do is believe and declare that.
What do we do when a taxi driver does wrong? We want to swear at him. Think about this – they are kings in customer service. They will stop anywhere to please their customers. It’s how we see things.  Kindness and goodness are in us. How do you see things?
As God forgave our sins, we must be careful, because true forgiveness is key to our salvation. Forgiveness can separate us from the Grace of God. How much have we been forgiven? God’s mercy and grace are immense; we can’t comprehend it.
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭14 – 15 NLT)‬‬‬
Add to this His Generosity; He gave His son to die for our sins.
Pray for all, forget about yourself, Forgive and be generous. We should strive, but wow do we fall short of the GLORY of GOD. Remember God lives in us.
“Lord, my prayer is that I consider everybody above myself. I pray for blessing for all. May forgiveness and generosity prevail in my hearts. I pray this so in all peoples hearts. In Jesus name. AMEN”
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This is what the Lord says

#thisiswhattheLORDsays
 
This is what the LORD says—the LORD who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the LORD: Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭2-3‬ NLT)‬‬‬
God assured Jeremiah that he had only to ask God and God would answer (see also Psalm 145:18; Isaiah 58:9; Matthew 7:7). God is ready to answer our prayers, but we must ask for his assistance. Surely God could take care of our needs without our asking. But when we ask, we are acknowledging that he alone is God and that we cannot accomplish in our own strength all that is his domain to do. When we ask, we must humble ourselves, lay aside our willfulness and worry, and determine to obey him. (Tyndale Study Bible)
I have said this before a couple of time; what a fantastic thing the Creation is. Anybody that thinks it just happened is, in my opinion, completely crazy. The smartest scientists in the world can’t get to the bottom of creation. Like I said before, they will discover in God’s time.
And let me be clear – there is only one God, no matter what people say. And what’s more, only one Jesus. So why not just go all the way? Accept Jesus as your saviour.
So ask, as the scripture says, ask God and rely on Him for everything. When we pray, we acknowledge that we need to depend on Him.
“Lord, all glory to You. I pray that I have clear thoughts for only You. Please help me with my daily struggles. May I rely on You for everything. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name. Amen”
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Thanksgiving

#thanksgiving
 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (‭Psalms‬ ‭100‬:‭4 – 5 NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
God alone is worthy of being worshipped. What is your attitude toward worship? Do you willingly and joyfully come into God’s presence, or are you just going through the motions, reluctantly going to church? This psalm tells us to remember God’s goodness and dependability, and then to worship with thanksgiving and praise! (Tyndale Study Bible)
You know that little voice in the back of your mind that talks to you. No that s not right, I am doing wrong here. Maybe I should be doing this? Well, don’t ignore it. That is the Holy Spirit that is with you.
You see just as the scripture says, His love is unfailing and will be with us forever.
What amazes me that there so many other religions that acknowledge that God exists. And yes it is only God that is worthy of worship. As Christian, we have it all, the Trinity, Father Son and Holy Ghost. We have Jesus as our saviour and power.
All we need daily is Praise God, for that he has promised all his Love and grace. It will be around for ages, as before.
Like all those years ago, God’s love will be around forever. Then Jesus came to save us and promised us eternal life. Just believe and have faith.
” Lord I pray that I will acknowledge your eternal Love and remember that you are good. There is only one God, and that is our God. I thank you for being there for me. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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Boast

#boast
 
‬‬“As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
When we do something well, we want to tell others and be recognized. But recognition is dangerous—it can lead to inflated pride. How much better it is to seek the praise of God rather than the praise of people. Then, when we receive praise, we will be free to give God the credit. What should you change about the way you live in order to receive God’s commendation?(Tyndale Study Bible)
I immediately think of the words “holy”, “humble”, and “pure”. The key word to me personally is “humble”.
My daughter is taking part in a Triathlon today. Last evening standing around the camp fire, although trying to be humble, I spoke about what I achieved in the past. Yes, there is a little boasting in all of that.
Us humans all look for recognition, if not from our peers it’s from people in our space. Have you heard this before: “Meet Joe. He has achieved this and that”? It’s in our nature to seek recognition.
So why not boast about the most important person in world – God? Recognize Him before your peers. That recognition and boasting will stand you in good stead. The most important recognition is that of God. We need nothing from our peers. It’s all about God.
There is saying: “out of sight, out of mind.” We can’t see God that why it’s important to keep Him in our minds at all times. The best way is to surround ourselves with Godly things and practices. Like boasting about God.
“ Lord I pray for Your presence in my life at all times. May people around me see You in me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”
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New life

#newlife
 
‘No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.’ Philippians 3:13-14
Paul had reason to forget the past—he had held the coats of those who had stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7:57-58, Paul is called Saul here). We have all done things for which we are ashamed, and we live in the tension of what we have been and what we want to be. Because our hope is in Christ, however, we can let go of past guilt and look forward to what God will help us become. Don’t dwell on your past. Instead, grow in the knowledge of God by concentrating on your relationship with him now. Realize that you are forgiven, and then move on to a life of faith and obedience. Look forward to a fuller and more meaningful life because of your hope in Christ. (Life Application Study Bible).
How fitting, the last couple of days the question is whether we have a guide. It was clear that the Bible and all its wisdom is an excellent guide.
When we want to change our lives, we leave a past. There is something that we are not proud of. Paul murdered Christian and then on the road to Damascus, he had an encounter with God. Realised that his old way is not fitting. What is your way?
As scripture and commentary say, there is nothing we have to be ashamed of. God forgives us. What is remarkable to me is that people don’t forgive. They seem to hang on to your wrongs to cover their insecurities and transgression.
I think of relationships which all start from liking to loving. Yes, not all erotic love. Love has many forms. Pay attention to these words. “Love is patient and kind. “Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” A Quote from 1 Corinthians 13.
The point is we need to love and forgive; we have a new life in Christ.
I thank you, God, Amen.
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Actions

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT)”
Our society confuses love and lust. Unlike lust, God’s kind of love is directed outward toward others, not inward toward ourselves. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations. It is impossible to have this love unless God helps us set aside our own natural desires so that we can love and not expect anything in return. Thus, the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to others.
Paul says that love “is not irritable.” Sometimes we’re irritated or angered by others, and we don’t know why. Not all irritability stems from sinful or selfish motives, although the irritable treatment of others surely is wrong. Much irritability comes from a love of perfection, a deep desire that programs, meetings, and structures be run perfectly. A desire to run things perfectly can erupt into anger at events or people who get in the way or ruin that desire. Those who are easily irritated need to remember that perfection exists only in God. We need to love him and our fellow Christians, not the visions we have for perfection here on earth. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Listening to the radio the other day, they were discussing the topic of love.
You see, love is not a feeling, but rather an action. If you want to be all the things that the scripture declares, you have to set your mind on the right things and get it in the right place. To change your approach, you have to change your mindset. Again, an action.
Sure, it’s easy for the writer to say that we have to become more like Christ, but as we know, it isn’t that simple. Why? Because we are born in sin, unlike Jesus, who was born perfect. However, we can aspire to be like Him.
Again I stress I am not perfect and fail often. You have to realise that the only real failure is when you give up entirely.
So I will never give up.
“Lord, I pray that You turn my thoughts into actions. That I will love unconditionally, just as You do. I thank You for the people who love me and see past my faults. In Jesus name. Amen”
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