It is not what is going on around us…
One morning I woke up and tried to switch on the Television as I always do,just to catch up on the days’ events.I noticed something wierd.It did not respond normally,It did power on but the screen was all black…It was on but off at the same time.This really worked me up and so I decided to unplug from source and plug it back in and try again…I did that for sometime until it finally responded(*sigh* what relief!).Three months later same story,same pattern until one day…It failed completely.I took it to the technician who checked it and said that the issue was with the motherboard.It had burnt and therefore had to be replaced for the television set to function normally…Was it cheap?Not at all…It cost alot but at the end of the day I have a functioning Television set.
Where am I going with all this television business?…Many a times like the TV,our hearts,likened to that motherboard are slowly but surely contaminated,be it by what we watch,what we hear,who we relate with,what we read,the negative emotions we harbour and the list is endless.What happens then?…We almost always need a push,we almost always are looking for affirmation in all the wrong places,we push away friends and even family…
Murder,drug addiction,suicide,fornication,envy,adultery and many more result.We go to extremes.Extremes we ourselves cannot control.In this case of extremities,our hearts need a change just like that motherboard.
Proverbs 4:23 puts it so clearly…”Above all else,guard your heart,for everything you do flows from it.”
ABOVE ALL ELSE.Above your possessions,your family,your life!Guard your heart,because if you do not guard it then ‘all else’ becomes contaminated with a danger of a shut-down.Guard your heart.Get that ‘power surge’ protector and just guard it.Watch what you see,hear,the emotions you harbour and fill your heart with good things found in the word of God.
Joshua 1:8 reads, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Let your words reflect the quality of your life.It does not need a rocket scientist to know the sate of someones’ heart.Just listen to him/her.As long as you meditate on the Word of God,your words will edify and build.Above all else people will want to be around you because you are appealing and they are built and edified whenever they spend time with you.Ever been around such people?Isn’t it refreshing?
I was listening to one of my favourite Televangelists,Steven Furtick,talking about, “Why am I anxious?” from the title series, The War Within.He highlighted Psalms 139 from verse 17 which says,
How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Can you see the sharp change of mood? Compare verse 17 and 18 to verse 19-22.Then again,look at Verse 23-24.Its a wavy kinda curve.David starts and ends by magnifying the place of God in His life.In between there is an upsurge of anger and bitterness fused with passionate revenge(vs 19-22) but then he grabs a hold of His emotional turmoil and as Steven Furtick put it,David acknowledges that the issue he is facing at the moment is a heart issue.It is not what is going on around us,but our thought process.
Would we,like David,allow God to search our hearts.He knows the basis of our anxieties and He is ready to change that worn-out almost burnt-out ‘motherboard’ for a new searched-out,tried and tested heart.
Let us make the conscious decision to let go and let God,because we are no longer slaves to fear but children of God!
Have an awesome week ahead!
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