Monday, April 4, 2011

Guard Your Heart

Some time later, Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah. (Judges 16:4)  You're probably familiar with this story and what happens next.  Delilah persuades Samson to tell her the secret of his strength and she hands him over to the Philistines.  I've read/heard this account many times, but I noticed something new while reading it today.  The Scripture says that Samson fell in love with Delilah.  That was his downfall.

We must be careful to guard our hearts.

Because Samson was in love with Delilah, he was willing to compromise.  And this wasn't the first time.  Samson fell in love with, and married another Philistine woman.  This woman was also able to entice Samson into something he shouldn't have done, and it cost him.  (Judges14:12-18)

Samson fell in love with the wrong women and they became a snare to him.  Is there something that you love that has become a snare?  Maybe you love new clothes and that love has led to a mountain of debt.  Perhaps you love your car or your home and they have become an idol to you.  Maybe your love is directed to a person that is wrong for you and you're unequally yoked.   We must guard our hearts.  If our love is focused or directed to anything or anyone other than God, we will be left disappointed and possibly ensnared.  But God's love will never disappoint and will lead to freedom. 

And this hope will not lead to disappointment.  For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.  Romans 5:5




8 comments:

  1. We have to really, like you said, guard our hearts. Satan uses anything and everything against us. I want to only desire God. I want Him to hold the highest position in my heart. Great post.

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  2. So thankful for God's love. And thankful to you for coming by and adding me to your list, thank you! :)

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  3. Such a balance, isn't it? When we open our hearts to someone it brings such amazing possibilities for growth and yet allows the potential for true harm as well... Unless we're discussing opening our hearts to God; That's always a winning proposition!

    Have a Blessed Day Lisa!

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  4. Great post! Guarding our hearts has been something that has been on my heart SO much lately. I really believe that this needs to be a daily request...that God will guard our hearts. They can so quickly be led astray and we need Him to keep them in check. Thanks!

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  5. This is so true. Guarding your heart is so important and it just isn't talked about anymore.

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  6. It's so true and love if given to the wrong person or thing will deceive us every time. I want to guard my heart and stay in His protection always.

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  7. Another great post Lisa,
    So very important we always guard our hearts.

    Have a blessed day,
    Ken

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  8. Hi Lisa, great word here that unctions us to examine ourselves.

    Wanda
    The Watered Soul

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