Your Most Important Tool

Hmmm…most important tool? What could it be? Is it my car? Could it be your handy, app-filled smartphone or tablet. Or your always dependable PC?

Probably, it is your savvy, user-friendly app that make you seem smart and organised. If you are an athlete, maybe it is your hands and/or legs, or your bat, racket, or club.

Like it is for many, it could be money.

My most important tool is my HEART!

The same goes for everyone. Whether you accept it or not. Yes, your most important tool is your heart. It is life’s most valuable tool.

Why is that?

The sage, Solomon David said, ‘Above all else guard your heart it is the wellspring of life.’ (Proverbs 4:12)

This means the outflow of your life is from your heart. Literally, your heart is the source of your life. If a spring is muddied or contaminated from the source, that will be state of the water wherever it flows to.

The condition of your heart determines the quality of your life.

Your choices and actions are a reflection of the state of your heart.

I can understand why the phrase, ‘the heart of the matter’ is used to refer to the main/ central issue in a matter. Another phrase, ‘heart to heart’ is used to refer to candour and sincerity.

Consequently, the need to guard your heart is imperative. It is a must-do! You neglect your heart at your own peril.

Also, guard your heart because…

    • …only the pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8)
    • …God, by His Spirit, has poured out His love into it (Romans 5:5). Keep it going.
    • …God wants you to love Him with all of it (Mark 12:30)
    • …God has it, but Satan still wants it.

How can one guard his/ her heart?

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Like Job

Tough Life & Love

Like Job,
You may have been written off by family,
And the good, pleasant days are now history;
You may have been given up by friends,
And hope always leads to dead ends;
You may have lost fortunes,
And life no longer rings melodious tunes.
Even God doesn’t seem to make sense –
All his blessings exist only in reminiscence.

 

Remember,
You’ve got the Father of favour
Who’ll never stop being your saviour.
Life may be checkered with, blessings and loss,
Yet it is not defined by a coin-toss.
Whatever happens, pleasant or otherwise,
You will, in time, grow to realise,
Nothing can separate us
From God’s love in Christ Jesus.

 

You can read Job’s story here


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Newness

It’s been quiet here for a long while. My ‘weekly posts’ goal has not been met for exactly one month. I am trying to climb out of the rut I find, better still, landed myself in. In the meantime here’s a blast from the past. Sorry, blog post from the past. This reblog though is slightly different from the original.

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Sunrise, flower buds, childbirth, January 1st, are all signs of life and newness.

These are all indicative of a fresh start. But over time, the sun will set; the bud will become a flower, then a fruit and it’s gone; a child grows and eventually dies; every new year will give way to another, just as the newness of 2015 has waned. Newness of this sort is sure to be affected by the passage of time. In time, everything new gets old.

But not so for the newness that comes with accepting Jesus as Saviour and Lord – it is both progressive and eternal.  To be born-again is to be new (1 Corinthians 5:17) – a newness that is not adversely affected by time, instead it gets better.

But how does one consistently live the new life in Christ and grow to become a better person?

The answer is the Holy Spirit. Victorious Christian living is only possible in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is “…’not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6). Also, “Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil (old self) is taken away. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him [new continually] as we are changed into His glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT) 

You can download a booklet on how to live the Spirit-filled life here

Our world desperately needs people who fit the above description. This is God’s will for you and me. He wants to use our youthful exuberance and abilities to make a lasting impact for eternity. Please do not put off making the commitment to a life of total devotion to Jesus and complete obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 

If you make yourself AVAILABLE, He will make you ABLE.