I feel led to share some of my devotional thoughts that I gave to our men’s Proverbs study on Thursday. Our focal text was Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” The heart is the hidden depths of who we really are, what we value, or― simply stated―the inner man or woman. When our hearts are twisted or just not guarded, we, as men especially, can say things, look at things, and engage in things we should not. While in Frankfurt two weeks ago, I was shocked at how “civilized” evil can become when men’s hearts grow dark. At the train station people openly use drugs and the police look the other way. The city provides needles for the drug abusers. We also saw one of the largest red light districts in Europe. So very sad. The largest financial district in all of Europe is located in Frankfurt where money is their god. Finally, we walked to the opera and performing arts building where talent and intellect are worshipped and prized above all else.
I shared these five takeaways with our men at the Proverbs study. I hope they will help you in your walk with God.
- The heart of man is exceedingly wicked. Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
- All but Jesus make terrible gods. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
- Everyday ask God to do in your heart what David asked in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
- “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16
- Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you daily as instructed in Ephesians 5:18. Roy Fish, one of my seminary professors, said we are leaky vessels. Also ask the Spirit to help you so that the fruit of the Spirit is operative in your life.
On Sunday we will resume our Nehemiah study as we look at Nehemiah 5:1-13 with a message entitled “A Portrait of Good Leadership.” Take some time this weekend to look over this text and notice how Nehemiah dealt wisely and boldly with the challenges he faced. On Sunday night at 6:00 our children’s choirs will perform the musical “That’s So Daniel.” They have worked hard and will do a great job. Come support them as they lead us in worship using the gifts God has given them.
Have a blessed weekend.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18