A Black and Unprotected Heart Be Damned
The heart is the noblest of all organs, the center of man's emotions, the purveyor of love. We give it away as a token of our affection, but it can be pierced through. A key can unlock it but a word can break it. Songs and poems have been inspired by the heart:
ENOUGH ! we're tired, my heart and I We sit beside the headstone thus, And wish that name were carved for us. The moss reprints more tenderly The hard types of the mason's knife, As heaven's sweet life renews earth's life With which we're tired, my heart and I. -- Elizabeth Browning
In the Bible we are commanded to give it totally to God, "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart." But sin has darkened the heart and allows temptation to pull it away from God. It is led by emotions and can not be trusted.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Jer. 17:9.
Yet, the redeemed heart is a wonderful thing. It beats in tune with its creator and allows us to be caught up in the rapture of worship. A redeemed heart expresses love for God and others in the purest of ways, and when given wholly overflows with grace and mercy. But the heart is fragile, and in the spiritual war can be pierced by the darts of the evil one and cause us to fall away. It needs protection.
Each day we need to put on the breast plate of righteousness. It begins with our relationship with Christ. He has redeemed the heart and has become our righteousness. Our heart was darkened by sin and reborn through the life infused blood of our savior. He has clothed us in righteousness and our hearts sing to the glory of God.
Because we are declared righteous by Christ's work on the cross we can now live out righteousness each day. We hide the word of God in our heart so we will not sin against God. When temptation comes our heart reminds us of his word and how to walk in love.
As the word of God permeates our inner most being we allow the the Spirit of God to indwell our hearts that we might walk with and commune with him daily. We are then led by the Spirit, who indwells our heart, and not the emotional whims of the moment.
We dare not stand against the evil one with an unprotected heart. His enticements and temptations are too strong. Only the foolish heart believes it can stand strong apart from God. But when we give our hearts totally to God we will declare with the Psalmist,
"My heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me." Is your heart protected today? I'm just saying...
Ephesians 6:14b "having put on the breastplate of righteousness,"