Guard Your Heart

It’s easy to allow unhealthy patterns and distractions to weigh down our hearts, dominating thought life in subtle ways.

Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.”

It’s easy to allow unhealthy patterns and distractions to weigh down our hearts, dominating thought life in subtle ways.

Over-indulging pleasures, using substances to unwind, fixating on worldly worries – these things slowly displace kingdom priorities.

Before we realize it, our hearts drift into complacency or chaotic anxiety. Spiritual lethargy sets in. We lose sight of what matters most and stop watchfully anticipating Christ’s return.

Spiritual Inventory

Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and reveal anything that may be weighing it down and clouding your spiritual vision.

What precautions can you take against those pitfalls?

Commit to daily decisions that keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.

Beware of Temptations

It can be tempting to try escaping life’s burdens through partying, overeating, drinking, shopping, entertainment, or other indulgences.

Attempting to fill inner voids with physical pleasures only weighs down our hearts further.

Lasting relief isn’t found in what this world offers. Turn instead to the Word, prayer, and Christian fellowship for comfort and renewal.

Bring your struggles honestly before God. His presence lifts burdens in ways no vice can.

Walk in the Light

Make it your aim to walk in the Spirit, and not gratify fleshly desires. Glorify God with your body and find your satisfaction in Christ alone.

As you do, excess loses its grip. You gain self-control and single-minded devotion to follow Jesus unhindered.

Burden of Worry

It’s easy to become preoccupied by worries over health, money, relationships, or the future. But obsessive fretting can subtly replace faith and trust in God.

Our hearts grow burdened under weights we were never meant to carry.

Jesus invites us to cast all cares upon Him, for He cares deeply about our concerns.

1 Peter 5:7

As we release anxieties to Christ daily through prayer and application of Scripture, He guards our hearts with His perfect peace. Our focus restores to things above.

Trust His Provision

Committing each worry and need to the Lord lightens the heart’s load. Jesus reminds us that tomorrow’s troubles are not ours to bear today.

He will supply our needs as each day comes. Maintain vigilance against consuming anxiety by affirming His faithful provision.

Living in Readiness

Spiritual complacency makes us unprepared for Christ’s sudden return.

Failure to guard our hearts results in being blindsided when Jesus appears.

But staying alert, sober and prayerful causes that day to hold no fear.

As we continually entrust worries to God, find contentment in Christ, and invest in eternal things, our hearts remain attentive and ready. We can joyfully watch and wait for our redemption that draws near.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Ask the Lord to fill your heart with eager longing for His coming. May the hope of being forever with Christ motivate you to diligent watchfulness and holy living, with your eyes fixed steadfastly on Him. “Come, Lord Jesus!”

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