Monday, November 8, 2010

2010 November 8 - Morning Manna

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life
(Proverbs 4:23).

Today's Morsel:  There seem to be many people suffering with heart problems these days.  Heart attacks, strokes, heart failure.  So many problems seem to be caused by the heart.  Without the heart, we can't live.  Why doesn't everyone have a healthy heart?  Why do so many have blockage to their heart?  Are you having heart problems and don't know it?  Heart problems can kill at a moment's notice without warning.  You may think that you have a good heart, but Jeremiah said, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it "(Jeremiah 17:9)?  Your heart can fool you.  Solomon said that you have to guard your heart.  You have to protect it.  You have to ensure that nothing is coming in, and going into your heart that can destroy you.  David, the beloved psalmist, had committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed, and when his sin was revealed to him by God, prayed, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalms 51:10). David realized that he had a heart problem and only God could fix it.  He wasn't aware that this evil had gotten into his heart. He failed to guard his heart. Even with all the praising and acknowledging the great God, and how good God had been to him, he failed to guard his own heart.  Are you having heart issues?  Are you still clinging to past hurts, bitterness, envy, prejudices, and bad decisions?  If so, be careful. These things can affect the heart and cause it to stop working at a moment's notice.   If you don't guard your heart and ensure it remains clean and pure, it's going to destroy you.

Sing:  Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within.  Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within.  Cast me not away from thou presence, Oh Lord. Take not thou Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me, the joy of thy salvation, and renew a right spirit within me.

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