Steadying Our Hearts In The Midst Of Panic Culture

Keep your heart with ALL diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.  (Proverbs 4: 23)

 

“Hey, did you shut the front door?”  Its the burning question greeting the last Gofflet to shut the car door as we prepare to drive away from home—-a last ditch insurance policy of sorts.

 

Did you shut the front door?

 

Open doors leave our treasures vulnerable to thieves.

 

The first part of John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”

 

The only reason a thief shows up is for the explicit purpose of stealing, killing, and destroying.

 

You can be certain, friend, you have an enemy. His name is Satan and he has a plan for you.

 

He is absolutely counting on an open door, hoping for at least a hair’s breadth of entrance at the threshold of your heart.

 

Proverbs 4:23 commands, “Keep your heart with ALL diligence.” In the original Hebrew language that word “keep”  means to guard or to protect.

 

The responsibility to post guard or to post protection is ours and ours alone.  It’s important to understand that God is not the one primarily responsible for guarding my heart or yours.

 

I am the only one who chooses what goes in or what goes out. No one else can make that choice for me. I choose what I think about. I choose what I entertain.

 

We are living in historic times of global panic. Our ability to shut that front door matters more now than ever before.  The thief comes to steal our peace, our sleep, our time, and our resources. His number one tactic is to present you with a single nagging thought hoping it will buckle your knees in fear.

 

Our feelings follow our thoughts. What we think about gives way to emotional responses.

 

Thoughts may come as “What ifs ?” such as, What if I lose my job? What if this is the beginning of the end? What if I can’t buy what I need to survive? What if my child gets sick?

 

The enemy’s goal is to get our focus on lack  rather than on God’s ability to meet every need.

 

I get it, this is scary. It’s true that we have never seen anything like this in our generation. It was a surprise to us.

 

Make no mistake, this was no surprise to the God of the universe.

 

The very God who measures the breadth of the oceans in the palm of his hand, holds you, dear friend, in His hands as well.

 

You are on His radar.  He knows you by name. He knows exactly how many hairs are on your head.

 

He created you with care. He designed your life for purpose.  He will guard you with His peace IF you will be diligent in protecting your heart.

 

I love Isaiah 26:3

 

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.

 

Every time the thief of your peace shows up, remind yourself of how able and good your God is.

 

As you begin to shut the front door to your heart, God will then step in and place your mind in His PERFECT peace.

 

It’s important to note that scripture contains 3 very broad categories. They are Commands, Facts, and Promises. It’s a good idea when studying the Bible to ask yourself which of these categories fit.

 

Looking at the scriptures I have offered you here, notice Proverbs 4:23 is a COMMAND.  The first part John 10:10 is a FACT.  Isaiah 26:3 is a PROMISE.

 

Our job is to obey the commands, pay attention to the facts, and to claim the promises.

 

Recognize the fact that the fear you are feeling is coming from the enemy.

 

Obey the command to guard your heart. This means you take control of what goes in. This may require turning  the news off or taking a breather from social media.  Its good to give your mind a break and your heart needs the rest.

 

We are not denying reality but we are choosing to recognize that our reality must submit to the sovereign will of God.

 

Finally, rest in the promise of His peace.

 

I am praying for you, dear reader. I am asking God to strengthen your heart and your mind as we fight this battle together.

 

If you would like prayer at this time, notify me in the comments section.

 

Blessings on You, Child of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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