Guard Your Heart
You can make commitments but making the decision is not enough. You must constantly be on guard to make sure that you are living out your commitments.
Just as our first Law for Successful Living was "Keep God First" you must "Guard your heart" to maintain that commitment.
God was aware that without careful observation our commitments would slowly erode away.
That is why God established the second commandment. It was to uphold the first.
"You shall have no other gods before me."
"Keep God First"
4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them;
"Guard your Heart"
I. Know Your Weakness
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.(KJV)
A. We must recognize that our hearts will not maintain a set course on their own.
Our hearts have a will of their own that fights with our own conscious will.
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
B. We must understand that we cannot trust our hearts to do even the right thing.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.(KJV)
Don't trust your feelings and your heart. It is not in the area of our feelings and our hearts that God speaks. It is through the spirit and the mind!
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