Wednesday, July 13, 2016
"On Fire": Ask God to 'GUARD YOUR HEART' on the Front End
"Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life."---Proverbs 4:23(AMPC)
I wish I could find the quote that inspired this post. It said "God, if he's not the one, then don't let me fall in love with him."
I liked it for two reasons...
One is because kudos to "her" for being *spiritually mature enough* (Hebrews 5:12-14) to ask God to protect her *on the front end*. Far too many of us throw caution to the wind, literally, do whatever it is we want to do with our heart, body and time *and then* ask God to clean up our mess. Or to make a man love us. Or convince some guy to do something that he either doesn't want to do or isn't ready to do.
Secondly, the "don't MAKE me fall" caught my attention. 2 Timothy 1:7 is a familiar verse, but I'm not so sure it's one that we really sit and ponder (Proverbs 4:26) much. The spirit God has given us contains power, love *and* a sound mind. God is not going to control our emotions because he gave us free will. But what he also did was provide us with the ability to choose how to handle our feelings. We have power and a sound mind. Not just love in us. It's smart to remember that.
Then I thought about all of this on a broader scale, especially after reading this quote online a couple of days ago:
At first the quote caught me off guard because, as you can see, it's talking about goals and then it's going into relationship traits. Yet as I read it over again, I was like "YES!" RELATIONSHIP GOALS!
A goal is "the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end".
I have sat in enough relationship counseling sessions to know that a lot of people didn't have actual relationship goals other than to "get married". *That's not good*. If all you want is a husband, you could end up with a wedding ring and someone's last name, but not God's best for you. The goal needs to be a lot higher than that! The effort needs to be put towards preparing one's self for the person GOD WOULD BE PROUD for you to be with.
And in order for that to happen...
There first needs to be the goal of asking God to help you to guard your heart.
BEFORE ANY GUY GETS CLOSE TO YOU...
YOU NEED TO ASK GOD TO SHOW YOU HOW TO GUARD YOUR HEART.
I don't mean to put up a barbed wire fence. That's not protection, that's pain. I mean to do something along the lines of what the Shulamite woman asked of her friends in Song of Solomon: "Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, not to awaken love until the time is right." (Song of Solomon 8:4--NKJV)
Yeah, that needs to be the response a lot of us give folks at church (and in our family) when they're like "So when are YOU going to get married?" Speaking the word casts out more than demons (LOL)!
We have to remember that our hearts, the center of our emotions, they are special to God. The lead Scripture shows us one of the reasons why! Issues of life come from them!
And did you peep the word "vigilance"? That means to be alert and watchful. In the New King James Version, vigilant comes up two other times. Colossians 4:2 tells us to continue earnestly in our prayers while being vigilant in our thanksgiving and I Peter 5:8(NKJV) tells us "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
*Satan hates our hearts*. This is a part of the reason why we're instructed by God to love him with ALL of it (Mark 12:30-31)! If we're not vigilant with our emotions, it can set us up to give ourselves to people who God never intended us to. Then when they hurt our hearts, it makes it that much harder and takes that much longer for them to heal. And for us to be the whole and complete person that God knows our future husband deserves for us to have (James 1:4).
So yeah, we need to do what the picture quote says...
Quit doing what we want or "following our heart" (Jeremiah 17:9) *and then* asking God to get involved.
Instead, *the very moment* we feel an interest in someone, we first need to remember to be ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING (OR ONE--Philippians 4:6-7) and then ask the Lord to reveal their purpose and to remove them if they are not directly sent by him...or if he is not bringing us to them (Genesis 2:22) for a divine purpose. And then *walk by faith* (2 Corinthians 5:7), in God (Mark 11:22) to release what isn't his will and embrace what is. And to keep our views under his wisdom!
This one thing can spare a lot of drama, trust me.
Wanna get right for who God has for you?
Ask God to show you how to guard your heart.