February 23, Sunday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, first posted on October 14, 2013, is written by Pastor Sam Lee who leads Catalyst Agape Church in Northern New Jersey.

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Warning Signs”

Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 

Automobiles have different signals to let you know if something is wrong. A couple of weeks ago, the brake warning light of my car came on and I took it to a local mechanic. I thank God for the warning light! The mechanic found that the pads needed to be changed, but not only that, he also found that the brake fluid was leaking. In addition, he also pointed out that my two front tires were dangerously worn out and was ready to give out any minute. Heeding to the brake warning light might have saved me, my family, and others from serious harm or tragedy. 

Likewise, our God has also equipped our heart with warning signals. Just as physical pain warns us that something might be wrong with our physical body, emotional pain warns us that something might be wrong with our heart. I want to encourage you not to ignore it, but “above all else, guard your heart.” If there is bitterness, let’s take active steps to forgive. If there are temptations, let’s resist and flee from them. If there is rebellion, let’s humble ourselves. If there are wrong beliefs and lies, let’s not conform to the pattern of this world, but renew our mind. Whatever we need to do, let’s guard the heart. 

Although there are many books out there giving us advice on successful living, the Bible says we need to work on our heart to be truly successful. If there are bad roots growing in our heart, there will be bad fruits. If there are good roots in our heart, there will be good fruits, “for everything you do flows from it.”  So, don’t wait—get to work! Go to the Lord right now and ask him to repair and restore you through his Word and Spirit. 

Prayer: Dear God, as a car gives out warning signals, what warning signs do I need to detect coming from my heart? Lord, give me a sense of urgency to get my heart right before You.  Help me to repent, right now! Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 23

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