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Keep Thy Heart! 10/23/16
Keep Thy Heart! 10/23/16




Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  

This is one of my FAVORITE Holy Scriptures!!

I like to consider myself a word connoisseur-I love the DEFINITIONS of obscure words.

In fact, in my voice lessons, I am exploring the HOW to deliver words with feeling and intensity.

The best English definition of DILIGENCE I have ever found is:

" TO PURSUE WITH A PAINSTAKING EFFORT!"

DILIGENCE- from <H8104> (shamar); a guard (the man, the post, or the prison ); figurative a deposit ; also (as observed) a usage (abstract), or an example (concrete) :- diligence, guard, office, prison, ward, watch.
Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

It is so easy, especially in this heated, rhetoric themed political season, "to lose one's HEAD/ DILIGENCE!"

RUDYARD KIPLING
"IF YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HEAD WHEN ALL ABOUT YOU

ARE LOSING THEIRS AND BLAMING IT ON YOU,

IF YOU CAN TRUST YOURSELF WHEN ALL MEN DOUBT YOU,

BUT MAKE ALLOWANCE FOR THEIR DOUBTING TOO;"

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
 
23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

The CHALLENGE is always to "KEEP one's head/HEART!!!"

KEEP-a primitive root; to guard , in a good sense (to protect, maintain, obey , etc.) or a bad one (to conceal , etc.) :- besieged, hidden thing, keep (-er, -ing), monument, observe, preserve (-r), subtil, watcher (-man).
Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

How do WE "keep our hearts" in the face of Unrelenting accusations and obvious false indignation's flung our way!!??

How NOT to be drawn into the USELESS fight???

The best DEFENSE is always the best OFFENSE:

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
 
8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

WE are exhorted to "THINK on these things!"

I am constantly amazed, that while treading the treadmill, observing my heart rate rise and fall only by my thoughts!!

WHAT I am THINKING on causes my heart rate to rise and fall-not the PHYSICAL exertion.

If I THINK on nothing and/or pleasant thoughts, my heart rate remains good or falls, BUT if I "THINK" on negative or stressful thoughts it quickly rises.

EVERY time I make myself THINK on things that are TRUE, HONEST, JUST, PURE, LOVELY, GOOD REPORT, VIRTUE, PRAISE, my heart rate goes down!!!!!

The KEY is I HAVE to MAKE myself "THINK ON THESE THINGS!!!!"

I can still hear old Brother Mushegan exhorting us "to grab OURSELVES by the back of the shirt collar and throwing OURSELVES down at the Alter of God!!"

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
 
23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
For "OUT OF IT (the heart) are the ISSUES of life!"

ISSUES-or totsa'ah , to-tsaw-aw'; from <H3318> (yatsa'); (only in plural collective) exit , i.e. (geographical) boundary , or (figurative) deliverance , (active) source :- border (-s), going (-s) forth (out), issues, outgoings.
Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

Matthew 15:17-20 (KJV)
17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?  

18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  

19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  

20  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Beloved, it is NOT just what we INGEST physically that is killing us!!

It is what WE are INGESTING spiritually and emotionally!!!

TODAY, strive to:

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  

WHAT GOES IN MUST COME OUT!!!

GOD BLESS YOU TODAY!

PASTOR DOUG

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