A Wandering Heart

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Have you ever woken up one day and asked yourself how did I get here? What choices did I make to bring me to this low point in my life or why did I give in to that temptation again? I know I have. For me, this has happened many times, believe it or not. I can think of a few instances when I look back to reflect on different scenarios that left me empty and in need of God’s rescuing. For example, during my college years, I had a close group of friends that I did everything with and spent all my time with but I noticed that anytime we got together, there would always be alcohol involved. It did not occur to me that I was starting to give in to the very thing I said I did not want to do, drink. You see growing up in an environment where alcohol was the norm, I knew I didn’t want to engage in drinking or be around it. However, I found myself doing exactly what I said I did not want to do and was faced with the consequences of my own decisions. I look back now and realized that the root cause of my decisions came from the emotions and feelings I was having at the time and not so much from a conscious mindset.

You see, in the word it talks about how “the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked”(Jeremiah 17:9). What we think, whether good or bad, reflects the feelings that arise in our hearts. That is why we are inclined to do what our hearts tell us because from the heart comes our ability to feel and our feelings then dictate our behaviors and actions if we let them.

This is dangerous because Satan knows how to use our thoughts to play mind games and to manipulate us into acting on feelings that our thoughts elicit. Because of this, in Proverbs 4:23, believers are cautioned “to guard their hearts because everything they do flows from it.”

So if this is the case, how do we beat Satan at His own game and stop Him from leading us into unwanted places? I’m glad you asked!

Here are 5 practical ways that I believe can guard us against allowing our hearts to stray from God:

1. Taking every thought captive to obey Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 say that “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” In other words, we are to question our questionable thoughts that don't add up to what we know about God and what His word says. Challenge your thoughts and see if they are worth giving attention to. If not cast them off with what you know about God and His word.

2. Hiding God’s word in our hearts.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” Psalm 119:11. I have found that it’s important to memorize scripture on a daily basis. A way to hide God’s word in our hearts that a dear friend of mine shared with me, is to write a verse of scripture on an index card and carry it in your pocket, that way you’ll always have God’s word in your hand and on your mind.

3. Renewing Our Minds

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will” Romans 12:2. This scripture hits home for me because it is a concept that I have been personally living by. I have learned that to renew my mind, I first need to identify those toxic thoughts that are causing the unhealthy behaviors in my life. Then, using the scriptures I’ve been memorizing, I am able to replace those negative thoughts with truthful thoughts to combat those negative thoughts.

4. Engaging in Community

I know our church can’t say it enough but, connect groups, connect groups, connect groups. These groups are a great way to have a group of brothers and sisters in your life to be that voice of reason and godly counsel when our thoughts and feelings feel unmanageable. We are better together just like Ecclesiastes 4:12 shares, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

And last but not least

5. Praying

We can sometimes underestimate the power of prayer but the best form of protection we can have from our thoughts is to communicate them to our Father and ask Him for His strength and power to overcome them. Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:4.

My prayer for you today is that you use these practical ways to intentionally live your life and to allow them to help you in your walk with Christ.


Author: Amarilis B.


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