The Seduction of the Heart

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” - Proverbs 4:23 (KJV, emphasis mine)

Question: Do you have a personal possession that you purpose to protect at all costs? Whatever is considered our most prized possession pushes us to protect it with unconquerable and robust resolve. I submit to you that too many of us are captured by a culture whose hearts are cemented in mammon. Mammon is a word that our Lord Jesus employed to describe a heart that is held hostage by material things we possess or want.

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” - Matthew 6:24 (KJV)

Therefore I submit to you that when we consider our prized possession, we often times think of something that we have personally esteemed as priceless. Normally it is connected with money or a luxurious item that we own. Basically, we sell out to secure our stuff! Whatever thing you treasure most is inseparable from the condition of your heart.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” - Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)

In Proverbs 4:23, we are called to protect our heart! It is priceless because it is the heart that drives or dictates our decisions. Who or whatever has captured your heart possesses your life! So it is of the utmost importance that we guard or secure our hearts for our Savior otherwise we will be spoiled and seduced into slavery by Satan. Did you know that there is currently a battle going on for your heart between God, the ultimate Authority and Sovereign of the universe as well as Satan, the ultimate wannabe authority and biggest loser in the universe? They are both vying for your heart! If your heart is sick with seduction, then Satan will successfully secure it for his purposes.

In order to avoid being seduced by Satan, we must follow the directive of the Scriptures and guard our hearts. Join me again next week when we will discuss specific ways that we can secure ourselves from a seductive heart.
 
For the Glory of God,
 
PBKSR