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You're on Guard Duty

Listen to me. Never let anxiety enter your hearts. ~ Jesus (Luke 12:22 TPT)

How do you guard your heart?

As I scanned through Luke 12 this morning, I was struck by how many times in this address, or this collection of addresses, Jesus gave instruction on what I would consider emotional control, or emotional intelligence.

The chapter starts with,

Don’t fear those who may want to take your life, but nothing more. (Luke 12:4 TPT)

Followed closely with,

The one you must fear is God (5)

A few paragraphs later we have,

Don’t worry about defending yourselves or be concerned about hot to answer their accusations. (11)

Next Jesus tells them,

Be alert and guard your heart from greed and always wishing for what you don’t have. (15)

Still further down the page,

Never let anxiety enter your hearts. Never worry about any of your needs, such as food or clothing (22)

And finally,

Don’t let worry enter your life. (29)

So with all that, I ask you, whose in charge of your emotions?

I know hormones and sleep and health (or lack there of) all play into your emotional state. I know there are chemical tricks your body can play on you, and sometimes the forces that would attack your peace are immense.

That’s why we must be super vigilant in the guarding of our hearts.

That’s why it’s imperative to stay in God’s word.

That’s why it’s important to stay in fellowship with folks who will stand with you and help you fight these external enemies.

I’m not saying “suck it up” and “stoic” your way though emotional valleys. There are things that are out of our control. I get that.

But we must do our part.

If you find certain activities bring you down, or draw you into lust, or greed, or anxiety, follow Solomon’s advise.

Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on. - Proverbs 4:15 NASB

In the same way we must guard against the feeling of condemnation. Don’t let any outside influence (including this post) wiggle it’s way into a place of condemning you. If you are in Christ condemnation can only come from the mouth of the liar.

Today, make choices that guard your heart.

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Shine where you’re screwed in.

Ben

13 thoughts on “You're on Guard Duty

  1. Lisa

    Amen....needed to hear this as I have not been feeling great lately, I know he is my strength when I am weak, my peace when things don't look so peaceful. These human bodies! Going to meditate on those scriptures as I pray for his healing hand. His word promises to keep us in perfect peace when we keep our mind on him....as you said, there are influences that would attempt to rob us of that peace... been feeling some anxiety lately coupled with fatigue and some other odd symptoms..amazing how that can attempt to rob our peace....I continue to trust in the lord always...No weapon formed against me will prosper! please lift me up in prayer...much appreciated Ben. God bless you.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen Lisa - praying for peace. Symptoms are one of our enemies loudest megaphones. I'm glad my body tells me stuff, but the devil seems to turn it to my destruction so often by sending fear in holding hands with some symptom or another.

      Lord, I pray you let Your shalom reign in Lisa's heart and mind today and going forward - as she keeps her mind set on you and her soul trusting in you.

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  3. joseph elon lillie

    I especially take note of the things Jesus sais we should not worry about because culturally we are taught that many of these things are the only things we really should worry about while the things Jesus told us to focus on our considered to be pretty secondary in comparison to say riches or housing or jobs.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Clearly He is King of an upside down kingdom. It sure challenges my perceptions about what's important. Maybe that's not it - it is important but Jesus wants us to understand it's not our worry - He's got our back on that stuff.

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      1. joseph elon lillie

        Oh now that's good! Important ...but not our worry! I am sorry it has taken me so long to follow up. We have had three deaths in the congregation this week. ..four in the last two weeks. Pray for our church body

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  4. Lisa

    Im not a blogger but I often send your blog out to friends...this was one of them...would love to share Jesus and politics on my Facebook some time if I have your permission...it will stir many.. 🙂

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