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11th January 2023


Honouring God with our bodies

The worship & witness through which we honour the Lord flows from the temples that are our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Temples are revered, sacred & holy places. As our lives & bodies should be.
We have been exploring 4 helpful insights on how to do this from Psalm 141.

  1. Lift your hands verse 2
  2. Guard your mouth & lips verse 3
  3. Fix your eyes verse 8
  4. Watch & guard your heart verse 4

Today we will explore how we watch over & guard our hearts to honour the Lord.


Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
To practice wicked works
With men who work iniquity;
And do not let me eat of their delicacies. Pslam 141:4

Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things?
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things,
and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:34-36


Our hearts are absolutely central to who we are & all we do, say, or think.
They are a source of life that everything we do flows from (Proverbs 4:23).
The unredeemed heart weighed down & chained up by sin, apart from Jesus, is deceitful & desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).
Our hearts begin to be sanctified following salvation through the presence & work of the indwelling Spirit.
We do though find that our flesh & our spirit man are in a constant battle (Galatians 5:17, 6:8).
That is why our hearts need to be constantly watched over & guarded if they are to honour the Lord.
They are brooded over by the Holy Spirit & must be battled over by us too!!!

Proverbs the book of practical godly wisdom has much to say about the state & attitude of our hearts (e.g. Proverbs 3:5, 4:23, 14:30, 20:27).
Jesus also teaches about the vital importance of keeping our hearts clean & pure (Matthew 5:8, 12:34-36).
We are truly blessed when our hearts & touched & transformed by the Lord.
The heart releases & overflows with the things that are stored up in it!! When that flow starts it can be hard to stop!!
What we allow in will find its way out at some time & in some form.
Take care about what you allow your heart to be caught up with & captivated by.
Let Jesus be the treasure of your heart & keep lifting your heart up to the Lord.

We need to be constantly humbling our hearts & surrendering them to the Lord to truly honour Him.
This was the way of Jesus (Philippians 2:5-11) & it needs to be our way too.
Keep bowing the knee in surrender & lifting your heart in submission unto the Lord.
Treasure Jesus in your heart & stay captivated by Him. Maintain that first love (Revelation 2:4-5).
Time spent in the Lord’s presence will purify our hearts & deepen our passion for Him. Hallelujah!!
May our hearts be burning with holy fire to bring the Lord the honour & glory He truly deserves


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I watching over & guarding what is stored up in my heart?
  • What characterizes the abundance & overflow of my heart?
  • Meditate upon what it means to watch over & guard our hearts.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are transforming & purifying my heart,
Help me to always, & in all ways, set my heart fully on You.
Jesus thank you that You are the model of humility & obedience,
Give me grace & strength to keep humbling my heart before You.
Holy Spirit help me to be disciplined & dedicated to watch over & guard my heart effectively,
Keep me bowing my knee & lifting my heart fully unto the Lord.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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