Summary: How the word of God keeps us through the trials of life
Guard your heart
Proverbs 4: 20-23 My son, attend to my words, incline thine ear to my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your hearts with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.
The message here is for the son to listen closely to the sayings of the words of God. Do not let them depart, but keep them in the midst of your heart. Keep the word of God as the focus of your life.
When we keep the word of God as our focus we can see things in a different light. If you will discipline yourself to the word of God, it will shed new perspectives on everything. It will expand your horizons in life as a whole.
The word of God shows how we are victorious, while the world makes you look defeated.
Concerning trials-James …trials of your faith works patience. tests=testimonies…struggles=ministries…everything that we go through has a reason. And the word tells us that there is a season for everything.
Concerning finances- The bible teaches us how to be good stewards over the finances that God has allowed us to have. He has given us the power to get wealth. The reason why we as Christians do not get over stressed, and anxious about money like people in the world do, is because we understand that God is the one who owns all of the silver and gold that is in the earth, and we are just stewards over the things for a short while.
The bible teaches that the love of money is the root of all evil. People will say that money is the root of all evil, but in fact the word says the love of money. When you have the word of God in your heart, and as the very focus of your life, you can understand that the very purpose of our lives is to worship God in everything that we do.
He gives you finances, to see if you will be faithful in worshipping him with the money, or if you will worship yourself with the money. It is all a test. the Word tells us that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
God told Joshua 1:9 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then shall thy make thy way prosperous, for then shall you have good success.
Ps.1:1-5 and everything he does shall prosper.
Concerning death- The word of God also gives us a new outlook on death. Paul said for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain, I am in a straight betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better.
Grandpa said when he went into heart surgery, I’m a winner either way, and it is the word of God that gives him this confidence. This however is not the mind set of your everyday man. It is in fact completely contrary to the thinking of the world.
As hard as this may seem, the passing away of a loved one is actually a blessing. The bible says, “precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of one of his saints. It is a coming home celebration. They now live in a place of no more tears, or sorrows, and are eagerly waiting our arrival. Like the song says you’ve never seen such shouting going on.
It is vitally important to our spiritual lives that we stay focused in and on the word of God, and the promises that are written therein. For when we stay focused on the word of God, we are constantly reminding ourselves of the love of God.
The bible says for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. This means if we are feeding ourselves a steady diet of the word, and it is sinking into our hearts, then that is what will come out in our conversations with the lost. We will not be able to speak negatively, because there will be nothing bad in us. It all comes from your heart.
For out of the heart come the issues of life. We must guard it with everything that we have in us. As a soldier stands at the gates of a base and is constantly protecting what lies inside, so must a man guard his heart.
Josh. 22:5 “Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”#