Project Bible 365 Day 31 Guard Your Heart.
Guarding your heart as a man may look easy on the surface because we as men aren’t supposed to show our emotions, but behind close doors it’s a lot more difficult than people realize. It is important to guard your heart against hurt feelings. Especially if those hurt feelings lead to chaos, confusion and discontent. Oh so much confusion and discontent. Now for those of my readers who have been following the story you know what the deal is, for those of you who haven’t let me catch you up to speed. In December of 2015, my friend received any offer for me to move into a house. At first I said no , because already had everything I needed in the current house that I was living in. My answer to the proposal about moving out on my own was a No!. Once I said no. I thought that was the end of the issue. As I was on a church retreat the topic came up again as I was doing some financial math, again I said to my friends that I can’t afford the place that you all want me to take. Regardless, I took the place but than things started to get weird for me two months in. I was promised to have repairs done to the place by the landlord which was never done. I had two doors that needed to be repaired, an enclosed washing machine and dryer unit that needed to be encased for safety and house appeal reasons, in addition to that I needed metal bars in my restroom to prevent from slipping in the shower. I also needed railings in my house to prevent from falling in my house. None of which ever got started or completed. As you probably imagine, the issues of repairs would be rather discouraging to say the least. If I knew that none of my repairs weren’t going to happen, I would have called “Tim Taylor” to help me with the repairs of the house.
I said earlier with issues like that, it can most certainly be discouraging. Something happen in the last month that I was residing in my rental unit. I stopped receiving any hot water. I went without hot water for a month, but I didn’t go without taking a shower. Thankfully I was able to take a shower at my Mom and Dad’s for a month. I know to my readers this post just seems like a big ignorant rant on the surface but I promise you the silver lining is a beautiful one. Through out this whole ordeal, I went into many valleys and I climbed many mountains. Throughout the whole ordeal, my prayer time and Bible study didn’t waiver. That’s how I was able to get through so many storms and have peace. I was able to have peace in the storm because my mind was always focused on the end result? How can get me out of this or that? I leaned heavily on the word, especially when my friends stopped calling me for study. I had to go it alone. I had to walk in the dessert of life with the precious Holy Ghost and I praise God for that, because without the Holy Ghost and the marvelous teachings he taught me whether it be directly or indirectly He taught me to have a lot of faith. He taught to put everything in the hands of God to deal with the really big issues. In the previous week leading to my departure from the rental unit, I had a friend I visited, and they told me that I needed to guard my heart against malice and anger. In truth, I have to be honest with you all , I have guarded my heart against malice and anger but it wasn’t something I achieved instantly. It took time. The words, tribulation works patience comes to mind..
Proverbs 4:23-26King James Version (KJV)
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Psalm 121:1-2King James Version (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
I praise the Lord in advance for answering my prayer in regards to not without my tithe. I was obedient in tithing and to this day. The reason that is because I realized early on that I didn’t want to do anything to hinder God manifesting himself in my life. I would rather go without food or water before I even think about robbing God. In addition, the money on saving not buy bread the money that I save can be tithed anyway. See how beautiful that works.
Getting Mad With A Purpose
As I said earlier the trials that I was facing could easily discourage anyone and I got angry. I got angry with a purpose. I decided that if I couldn’t head down to the U.S, for services I was going to tithe a tenth of my time to God. Meaning I wouldn’t read the Bible for 30 minutes to satisfy my mind, I would read the word of God for an hour and half to satisfy my soul mind and body. I have to be honest with all my readers, I told you all taking residence in my new house was challenging spiritually, physically and financially. Taking the house had fractured friendships. I felt forsaken by my friends who refused reason with me regarding the condition of the house and not to mention the finance. Needless to say I felt like the Apostle Paul being abandoned by Demas. I even told my friends that. Demas forsook Paul and he went the way of the world. Paul was heartbroken and dismayed at the challenge that laid ahead of him. So I kindly sympathize with the feelings of Paul. Much like the Apostle Paul, I couldn’t spend too much being hurt. I had a job to do. I had to march on with God.Rather than get angry towards people regarding circumstances I refuse to give place to anger. I refuse to give place to the devil.
Galatians 5:19-21King James Version (KJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Throughout the whole ordeal, I want to give a praise to the Lord, because sometimes it takes a mountain to be moved to show how God can move for a soul when you give him permission. My biggest concern is the Lord’s great harvest. Each day from today to ask God to give me souls so that I may do a perfect work for the good and gracious Lord, if winning soul puts a smile on the face of God, than I know that I will have this kind of testimony when I make my life about saving souls. I shall have this testimony.
Hebrews 11:5King James Version (KJV)
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
I know that when I am translated on that faithful day when Rapture takes place the only thing I want to say to God is this,
“Thank you for calling me to the cross and thank you for the reunion. I have been waiting a lifetime to embrace the only woman that had a piece of my heart and she was the only one that held on it to it long enough for your spirit to call me to the cross. Thank You Lord, May your name be praised throughout the whole earth forever and ever.”
The Reason Why Souls Are Important To The Work of God.
Luke 10:2King James Version (KJV)
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.