Guard the Heart

Philippians 2:5, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

We must guard the heart. The most important decisions in life start from the heart.

For the mouth speaks of what the heart is full of.

If good thoughts are stored, goodness will abound.

If evil thoughts are stored, evilness will abound.

Therefore, we must guard our heart from everything that flows from it.

Words can flow out of the mouth praising or cursing.

Either to encourage or denigrate.

It’s easy for people who aren’t of the faith to exhibit anger, deceit, bitterness, jealousy, and unforgiveness.

Even for those who say they’re of the faith.

“A time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body, but not in spirit.”

Therefore, we must not masquerade, as though we’re saints.

Simply, “going to church,”and not to “worship”doesn’t please God.

We must love and worship God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.

Amos 5:21-23, says, “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.”

What is our relationship with God? Is there one?

Are we in right fellowship?

If we have a relationship, shouldn’t our behavior and actions change for the better?

God’s word says, “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

It’s easy for those to attach the “Christian”label, without any sacrifice and suffering.

Most aren’t willing to devote a portion of their time to read, meditate, or pray.

Only when their “backs are against the wall,” they remember to give God a minute.

Edward L. Wright © 2019

Freedom

Freedom consists of knowing God is in control. Freedom is having peace, joy, and laughter, in our lives. When we’re faced with torrential storms, God is there to rescue us through His loving-kindness. We don’t deserve all the chances that we’ve been given. We should always be mindful of how He bestows grace and mercy in our lives. After all, we could have been dead.

I’m sincerely blessed to have Inspire Press, choose my poem, “Freedom,” for publication in their new anthology series, “Inspire Kindness,” released December 8, 2018. This series incorporates stories, devotions, poems, testimonies, along with salient overviews of real events. https://www.inspirewriters.com/series/inspire-anthology/

Last year, I had the distinct privilege of having two of my poems chosen, “Loving-Kindness” and “Crossing Over Jordan,” in the anthology series “Inspire Love.”

Freedom. A love like no other. God is the author of love and He showed his great love for us by sending His Son to die for each of us. The anthology series, “Inspire Kindness,” incorporates stories, devotions, poems, and real world events.

FREEDOM

Lord, you saved me from my affliction when I was lost in the storm

 I had no peace, joy, or laughter, having felt the wrath of your mighty arm

You placed my feet on solid ground when I was quickly sinking deep in sand

Your loving-kindness rescued me from danger by your sovereign hand

I don’t deserve all the chances that you have given me

I’m forever blessed that you removed my shackles to set me free

Thank you for your love, grace, and mercy, that I truly don’t deserve

Help me to remain faithful, obedient, and always serve

Edward L. Wright © 2018

Inspire Kindness