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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Proverbs 14: ♥ A sound heart ♥

Good afternoon girls! I hope you are well and enjoying God's blessing of such good weather at the minute here in NI.

Don't you just love God's wisdom and counsel in the book of Proverbs? Of course we all know that Solomon is the accepted author of the book, but the words he wrote down were breathed into him by the Holy Spirit of God, God's divine wisdom for mankind. If only people tried to live out the Word, this would be a much better world to live in.

In chapter 14 there are a lot of references about the words we say and about the state of our heart. Look at verse 30,
"A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones."
God is talking here about the differences in our physical and spiritual lives. Basically, it all boils down to the fact that, when our heart is right before God, everything else is good. When our heart is sound, meaning when it is in harmony with God's will, when it is living totally for God and not self, when its only desire is to be obedient to the Word of God, then we will feel healthy and happy.

Do you ever feel out of sorts, unhappy and perhaps down in spirit and you're not really sure what the problem is? Then, as you ponder it a bit more, you realize you told a lie to someone or said something mean and hurtful in a moment of anger and frustration. Or perhaps, as this verse says, your heart is full of jealousy towards another person. When we carry around ungodly and unprofitable feelings like these, then it is no wonder we don't feel at our best physically. It's ALWAYS a matter of the heart. Our body and mind reflects the state of our heart. When we are walking close to the Lord, we will feel calm and content, knowing that our life is in His hands. But when we live according to our own choices, we feel distant from Him and that is not how we are meant to be.

Image result for proverbs 14:30If you want to feel well and healthy, in body and mind, make sure your heart is right before God. Even if you're trying to do what is right and you still make mistakes, He knows you're trying. Just immediately repent of your sin and ask Him to help you live according to His will and Word. Only then will you feel the way God meant for you to feel. Content in Him. Give your anger, bitterness, jealousy and frustrations over to the One who died to save you from these sins and don't let them eat away at you and spoil your life and service. Live with the full joy that only a close walk with God can give!

Proverbs 23:7 says "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...".

  • What sorts of thoughts are you having at the minute?
  • Is there someone who you are particularly angry at/bitter towards/jealous of?
  • What could you do to have a sound heart today?
  • Is there anything you want to confess to the Lord, knowing He will forgive all sin that is sincerely repented of?
Here's an article I found earlier and thought you might like to read it. It's quite long, but very interesting and thought-provoking https://bible.org/article/guarding-heart 

Hugs, Karen x

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