Mon., Jan. 24/22
“Keep your heart with all diligence,” urges Solomon (Prov. 4:23). Watch over it… guard it… exercise watchful vigilance… guard what you think… your affections… “because out of it are the issues…” the outflowings… the shaping… “of your life.” Thought -> Act -> Habit -> Destiny, someone once summarized. The musings of your heart can drag you down, or lift you high…
“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” (James 1:14-15, NLT).
“The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” (Prov. 4:18).
It all depends on what you allow to enter your heart! — The rest is automatic…
“A man scatters seed on the ground,” taught Christ. “Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.” (Mark 4:26-28).
All by itself the soil produces…. wheat or weeds, the progression is inbuilt within creation. It is inbuilt within you too. It is a principle… a law… The outcome depends upon what is allowed in under the surface.
“A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Gal. 7b-8).
This being true, our greatest scrutiny as to what we allow in is necessary! Oswald Chambers comments,
“You no more need a day off from spiritual concentration on matters in your life than your heart needs a day off from beating. As you cannot take a day off morally and remain moral, neither can you take a day off spiritually and remain spiritual. God wants you to be entirely His, and it requires paying close attention to keep yourself fit.” – My Utmost for His Highest, April 15 entry.
A believer is like an athlete in training. Paul noted this likeness and wrote, “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Cor. 9:27, NLT). He is like an aerialist perhaps who must maintain strict balance as he moves forward walking a very thin line…. like a lion tamer (1 Pet. 5:8)… a marathon runner (1 Cor. 9:24-26, Phil. 2:16, 2 Tim. 4:7-8).
Spiritual concentration, alertness, watchful vigilence regarding what is allowed entrance into one’s mind and heart: these are the disciplines of due diligence in keeping one’s heart.