I know I had a list of what I wanted to talk about in this post, but I’ve decided I’ll postpone those for the next entry. The reason for that is because today God reached me in a way that I had been waiting for in awhile. I love my pastor, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just that sometimes I don’t feel like I’m getting fed. This time I did and I’m so happy about it that I want to share my notes. 🙂 Along with that I want to add my own comments. 🙂 So I hope this helps anyone out. And PLEASE let me know what you get out of it. I’d love to hear about it.
Now, my pastor sometimes takes a while to get to the point and uses weird passages to make his point, so I’m sorry ahead of time. They are just my notes on the sermon. I pray that, even though they are notes, they can help someone. 🙂
Oh! And I’m translating this to English. I’ll try my best to not make it sound awkward.
Taking Care of the Most Important-Proverbs 4:23
Sermon by Julio Ruiz on July 4, 2010
Guard your heart above all else,
for it is the source of life.
Cholesterol lines the walls of the heart, keeping blood from pumping correctly. Even though I get this now… when the pastor was talking about this I found it hard to make the connection to the verse he was using as the focus point.
Sin is like cholesterol that lines the heart, it keeps blessings from circulating.
There are four reasons as to why one has to guard their heart::
1. You have to guard your heart because the heart is deceiving. – Jeremiah 17:9-10
“The heart is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick-who can understand it?
“I, the LORD, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.
*Adam and Eve didn’t have deceiving hearts before the Fall. They could see and talk to God. I thought this was interesting… the pastor did make a comment about how basically these two ruined it for the rest of us. Which I mean I get, but at the same time… it’s part of our faith.
*Only God knows the heart of each individual, only He can see it.
2. The heart can determine the mood of the person. Though the pastor used man, I don’t like that word when referring to mankind. At least use mankind and not just man….
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word cheers it up.
* Proverbs 17:22
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit dries the bones.
*The mood of the person depends on the situations that is often presented in the person’s life. The pastor went on to talk about the 45 muscles used to be serious compared to the 15 muscles used to smile. I thought the fact was interesting but irrelevant.
3. The heart is a way of contamination. The pastor used a passage from Matthew, but I didn’t get it. Once I do, I’ll put it up on this post. It’ll be italicized.
*It can contaminate the rest of the person.
-ie.: Thoughts contaminate the mind.
4. The heart is the sanctuary where the Holy Ghost lives.
*The pastor talks about how it was before the Fall. God lived in the Garden of Eden but He also lived in the hearts of Adam and Eve. The pastor did not provide a biblical passage.
Question to make you think:: “How is my heart?”
Our hearts belong to the Lord. – We have to guard our hearts for Him.
Okay, so I guess this didn’t take long. So… I think I’ll pray a prayer…. So here it goes::
Lord, thank You for this sermon. Thank You so much what You have revealed to me. You are an all powerful God who deserves to have our hearts… And so much more. I understand how are our hearts have become since the Fall and I ask You to change that. That my heart doesn’t deceive me, that everything that happens in life is because it is through YOUR truth. Please don’t let me be deceived by my heart. Help me guard my heart because it belongs to You. Thank You for the food that has been fed to my soul. In Your Son’s name, Amen.