The Heart of the Matter

It may be time to get to the heart of the matter, precious Daughters of Christ. The Word speaks so much about our hearts, and how it is of much importance to keep them on the path of righteousness and integrity. Specifically, in verse 23 of Proverbs 4, we are commanded, above all else, to guard our hearts. In the ESV, it tells us to keep our hearts with vigilance. The truth is, your heart is the foundation on which you build your daily life. Your words, your thoughts, your intentions, are all dictated by the state of your heart. Matthew 12 verse 34 says, “For our of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

You want to know what a woman who stands in the truth of the Lord looks like? She looks humble, but so confident in her King. She looks broken, but so complete in what He has done for her. She looks grateful. She exudes love. But most importantly, she walks in discipline. To be vigilant means to keep a careful watch for approaching danger that may be ahead. It is not passive. It is alert and cautious. Because a woman who stands in truth understands that she is guarding something incredibly valuable, something not to be taken lightly. She understands that what she lets into her heart shapes her walk with her Father & the direction of her life. She won’t allow trash into her heart, because she knows how precious it is to the One who created her.

Let His Word creep into your heart. Let his Truth surround it & prayer consume it. Position yourself so very close to the Lord, & ask Him to help you to be diligent to continuously choose Him over everything else. Choose to protect the beauty that the Lord has given to you & so lovingly paid the ultimate price for. Don’t give it away to anything else-it simply isn’t theirs for the taking.

Who’s Fighting Harder?

It is always through words that ideas and concepts are conceived. It is through communication that things are understood among people. Words are what create and develop morals in a society as a whole. They encourage, discourage, insult and compliment. They give advice and counsel as well as display opinions and decisions. So why, if words are so crucial in so many ways, are they so passively used? Why are they flying from our tongues without consideration a lot of the time, if these exact words are what hold the “power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21)?” 

I believe it is because the enemy is alive and well and is in full pursuit of our lives. Because he wants to make sure we are fed lie after lie, and he does it through conversations and relationships as he knows how impactful those things are-on even national levels. False teachings and harmful ideas enter our minds and slip so seamlessly off of our tongues, and spread from person to person to where it becomes a normal and accepted way of thinking. Then, our society begins to idolize and develop itself around that idea. This is how the devil easily invades our lives. And imagine the leg up he has now that information can be passed to millions with the push of a button. 

With this, we see a call to believers, to counter the ideas that are being spread, with our words. When we decide to speak our ideas, the devil finds that he is held back from his plan to destroy. But if we are being honest, who is really speaking louder in this world right now? The devil or God’s people? We know that God’s voice is louder than the devil’s ever could be, but we are His church-His bride-and we are called to be His voice, His love and His passion here on earth. We are given the divine calling to be Jesus to the lost and broken. So are we stepping up to override the devil’s lies with God’s truth? Are we creating roadblocks for him or just enabling him to pass right through? 

The words you may speak to somebody may decide where they spend eternity. They are surely being fed plenty of deceitful thoughts, and it is our call to oppose those thoughts. God will do the rest, as His voice can be heard much louder than any of ours. But He has given us a purpose, to love and stand up for those who are far from Him. Don’t let the devil fight harder for those souls than you are.