THE FORTRESS OF THE HEART

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THE FORTRESS OF THE HEART:

THE FORTRESS OF THE HEART "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. "-- Pro_4:23.

The Human Heart:

The Human Heart IN MOST of the old castles there is an inner keep, which is protected, not only by mighty walls and bastions(fortified area), but by the portcullis at the gate, and sentries at every approach, who challenged every one that passed in and out. So the heart is continually approached by good and evil, by the frivolities (lack of seriousness, changeableness) and vanities of the world and the insidious suggestions of the flesh. It is like an inn or hostelry, with constant arrivals and departures. Passengers throng in and out, some of them with evil intent, hoping to find conspirators within, or to light fires that will spread until the whole being is swept with passion, consuming in an hour the fabric of years to ashes (Rev 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates). We need, therefore, to be constantly on the watch; we must keep our heart above all else that we guard, for out of it are the issues of life. Our Lord says that "out of the heart of man come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, thefts," etc. The devil and the world without would be less to be feared, if there were not such strong tendencies to evil within--many of them inherited from long lines of ancestors, who, alas! pass down to us the worst features of their characters equally with the best . Nahadlok kita sa komunismo, satanismo, imperialismo, occultismo, etc; pero wala ta mahadlok sa imo mismo.

The Human heart:

The Human heart Good or Evil - Luk_6:45 A good person produces good from the good treasure of his heart, and an evil person produces evil from an evil treasure. For it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks." Wrong Doings - Mar_7:21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil thoughts come, as well as sexual immorality, stealing, murder, Treasure - Mat_6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Hardness of heart - Mar_3:5 Jesus looked around at them with anger, for he was deeply hurt because of their hardness of heart. Then he said to the man, "Hold out your hand." The man held it out, and his hand was restored to health. Pure Heart - Mat_5:8 "How blessed are those who are pure in heart, for it is they who will see God! True Love - Mar_12:33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices." Gladness - Psa_4:7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the time their grain and their wine grew. (Pro_15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil, but gladness of heart is a continual feast.)

What to do with the heart?-"Phil. 4:7 and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. :

What to do with the heart?-"Phil. 4:7 and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Keep it Clean. Just as the eye of the body is perpetually washed with tear-water , so let us ask that the precious blood of Christ may cleanse away any speck of impurity. Remember how delicate a thing the heart is, and how susceptible to the dust of an evil thought, which would instantly prevent it becoming the organ of spiritual vision. Sursum Corda! Lift up your hearts! We lift them up unto the Lord! The Sentinel of Peace. Then the Peace of God will become the warden or sentry of the heart , and it passes understanding ! We can understand the apparent peace of some men. They have made money, and their gold-bags are piled around them as a fortress; they have rich and influential friends, within whose protection they imagine they will be sheltered and defended; they enjoy good health, and are held in high esteem. We can understand such peace, though it often proves ephemeral ! (here today and gone tomorrow, passing). ( But there is a peace that passes understanding! It is to this that our Lord refers when He says, "My Peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth." "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.“ Psa_7:10 My defense is on God, who saves the upright of heart.

Prayer:

Prayer Keep me, Heavenly Father, as the apple of Your eye; defend me by Your Almighty power; hide me from this strife of tongues and the fiery darts of the wicked one. May my heart be as Your Palace which is Stronger than any strong man and is being kept in perfect peace and joy, AMEN.

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