Keep you heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of lifeProverbs 4:23
About a year ago I bought Joseph Prince’s booklet, Thoughts for Let Go Living. This month, I want to try and write something on each of the verses. I think this will help even me as I remind myself daily of each thought.
The book itself is made up of a thought, a verse, and a prayer. In respect for him and the ministry, I will not be writing the thought or the prayer out word for word, but they will probably influence what I do write.
Take care of your heart
So the first thought is about keeping your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.
Taking care of our hearts is important, all we do comes from it. When you are at peace, this flow much easier, and we are able to flow best in the Spirit. When our heart is not doing so well, a lot of things can suffer in our lives.
I have honest before that I struggle with stress and anxiety. Worrying has become almost like second nature to me, and I don’t like that.
In fact, I hate it.
When I had a full-time job, and could still afford to, I bought so many sermons from Joseph Prince to learn how to deal with this. I even bought this book and the other books in the Live the Let Go life bundle.
And while I have learned so much truth from them, and other resources, such as Steven Furtick’s series, Triggered, I am still not quite where I want to be.
However, I have made a lot of progress and trips down that rabbit hole are not always as devastating as they used to be. I have learned both what my nature is in Christ, as well as some practical keys to help me through it.
Here are some of the things I have learned:
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.2 Timothy 1:7
That one I think speaks for itself. But remember, just knowing the word will not help you, you need to believe it. Believe right, believe that you have been given a sound mind and anxiety is not your portion. His word is truth, and no matter what, He has the final word in your situation, all you need to do is believe Him.
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4
We know that He is our Shepard, and we shall not lack. So whatever you are worried about, know and believe He loves you. Perfect love casts out fear. In this blog titled, Believe He loves you, I write about why it’s important to believe He loves you. Right believing again people, right believing is important. When you believe right in His love for you, you will know that He is your provider and He will make all things to work together for you. Which brings me to the next point:
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one [a]cubit to his [b]stature?Matthew 6 : 25 – 34
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
I encourage you to read the whole thing, from verse 25 to 34. Just think about it, could God love the birds and the flowers more than you? Yet He takes care of them every day. What more you? His beloved child? Believe He loves you, and instead of worrying, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. In Romans, Paul defines the kingdom of God as righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. He also takes us through a journey in that same book to try to convince us that righteousness is a gift. Again, I wrote about this before in this blog post, and am not going to go in-depth with it here, but righteousness is a gift yall, go seek it and find out more about it. When it comes to peace, let’s go to my next point:
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.John 14
The Lord Jesus has already given us peace as a gift, and in that process, He asks us to not let out heart be troubled or be afraid. In one of Pastor Prince’s sermons, he encourages us to challenge ourselves every time we start to get worried, to tell our heart to chill. He said we need to tell our hearts to not be worried every time fear creeps in, and remind ourselves that Jesus is in control. He has given us His peace, let’s take advantage of it and not waste His gift.
The next is joy:
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.John 15
There is no denying that when you are stuck in worry, joy is not present in your heart about that situation. I would encourage you to read the whole of John 15, it is just packed with His love. He talks about how He is the vine, and we are but a branch. And He talks about how He loves us, as the Father loves Him. And then He says I have spoken these things that my joy may be in you. Think about, when you know that He is the vine, and He is in control, and all the fruits you are to bear, you bear through Him, would you worry so much?
I have talked quite a bit about living the vine life, including the whole pruning thing and being lifted up in this blog post. To me, what this verse signifies is that He is in control. I just need to let go and stop worrying, I need to give it all to Him instead.
My next and last point goes back to the issue of righteousness.
14In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,Isaiah 54
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.
Isaiah 54 is another chapter I would encourage you to read and dig your teeth into. This chapter comes after the messianic chapter talking about Jesus’ death for us, and it is loaded with promises just for us. In verse 14, it says that when you are established in righteousness, terror shall be far from you and you shall not fear. Are you encouraged to learn more about this gift after knowing that? Or maybe let’s take a look at verse 17 where we find that no weaponed formed against us shall prosper when we have His righteousness. And again, this is His righteousness, which is a gift, not that of our works.
I could probably go on about other things I have learned, especially if I was to try and dig into some of the sermons I have, but I think I will leave this here.
If you want me to talk about it more, just let me know down in the comments and I will get to it.
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