All Your Heart

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Proverbs 4:23
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September 14, 2020

What is your retail strategy? We all have one. If you want to find out yours, then please get in touch. For some, it is the, ‘See it, want it, buy it’ technique. For others, it is the need, not the want, that generates the buying process. Some spend hours surfing and searching for the best online deals. Others would drive miles to have the satisfaction of saving a few quid (you know who you are!).

This week we are digging deeper into how we can build mental strength by considering the state of our heart. We will consider three ways to check the condition of our heart and look at ways to make positive improvements in these areas.

In Psalm 37:4 we read, ‘Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.’ Our heart has desires. We are drawn to certain things at certain times. Our bodies then release chemicals that make us feel good when we think about those things. Our desires and thoughts are our first indication of the state of our hearts condition. Ask yourself, are my desires in line with a healthy heart?  

Jesus speaks to his disciples, and those listening in Matthew 9:21, about treasure. They say, if you want to see what is in your heart, have a look at where you spend your money. I am always shocked when I do a receipt check at how much money I spend on food. I think I am a foodie. Our heart can then be examined in this way, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Our heart can also be assessed using this diagnostic tool. In Luke 6:45, Jesus compares the heart of a good person and an evil person. At the end of the verse, Jesus says, “… for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Out third and final heart measurement technique is monitoring our words and attitudes. Do our words reflect the fruits of the spirit we read about in Galatians 5, of love and joy and peace?

This week, I encourage you to find time to take an inventory of the state of your heart. Consider your desires, your treasures, and your words. This is essential as we look to build mental strength, as we read in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

What is your response?
As you read the devotional, set some time aside to ask God how the word can change you today.
James 1:22 says "Do not merely listen to the word...do what it says." How can you live out the challenges set, or share the encouragement from the post today?
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