[This post is a part of the Guarding the Heart Power Series. See the topics here.]
The love of God gave man the choice to love God or not. And in the ‘Manual of Life’ that we know as the Bible, He warned us to guard our hearts from living an adulterated life.
Smith Wigglesworth was one of the most powerful healing evangelists used by God. God used him to heal hundreds of people instantly, including raising more than 23 dead people during the course of his ministry.
Another great man of God named Pastor Lester Sumrall was blessed with the opportunity to learn under this spiritual giant. The first time Sumrall visited Smith Wigglesworth as a young man, he carried in his hands that day’s newspaper. Seeing the newspaper in his hands, Smith asked him to leave it outside his door because he believed that the newspapers carried lies. And the only book he ever read all his life was the Bible.
Smith believed in guarding his heart. He was never found without the New Testament by his side. It is said about him that when he began praying, even preachers would, out of the strong conviction of the Holy Spirit, bow down and sometimes slip out of the room.
The guarding of our heart begins with the knowledge that what goes forth of our heart depends on what we feed it. Therefore Jesus said, from the fullness of the heart does the mouth speak.
To live an intentional life in God, we must choose our intake in our life. What and who we allow to sow into our lives can have a serious outcome; sometimes very good and other times, very damaging.
The Windows to Your Soul
When God created man, he created him to be an active being, shutting inside of him, desires, likes, dislikes and a complexity of emotions. The five senses, which are sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste, work as windows to the heart.
We must be ready to go to any extent to therefore guard what we feed our senses. And keep them holy unto God. That consecration of what we feed our senses will then cause us to be sensitive to the things of God.
To see as God sees is to love as He loves and to turn away our eyes from everything that displeases God, whether it is big or small.
To dedicate our ears to hearing the things of God. To run away from gossip, slander, evil, and the dirt of the world. This might require us to break away from certain ungodly relationships. This might also include the ones we think who are believers. Anyone who feeds us sinful desires or even those that are the instruments of hell to speak lies of the enemy and discourage our hearts.
And to consecrate our hands as holy unto God and to be where it pleases God.
This level of consecration in your life will make your life be a vessel of honour for the Master’s own use.
Act on It
Start today by writing it down somewhere in your journal or diary perhaps.
What are the areas where I must guard myself? Check each of your senses.
Are they guarded? If not, what do you need to do to ensure that they are?
Fear God and mercilessly, block every source of sin.
Flee from those temptations and the Lord our God will be pleased with you.
Now it’s your turn. Let us know, how have you kept your senses in check? How have you guarded your intake? What are the most common things that robs your attention?