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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. - Proverbs 4:23

 

How do you guard your heart?

 

Why is it important for Christians to guard their heart?

PASTOR ANITA


Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!


(James 1:22 MSG)


God’s Word is all-powerful—having the ability to produce in you what it talks about. Nonetheless, God’s Word to you won’t produce any result except you act on what you hear! Except you create the right environment—the faith-environment for it to work. You must believe the Word and act on it!

 

Abraham is one of the major Bible characters who created the right environment for the Word to produce results in his life by mixing the Word with faith. He acted on what he heard. In Genesis 17:5, the Lord had told him “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” At this time, Abraham and his wife Sarah were already well-advanced in age, Abraham being about a hundred years old, while Sarah was ninety. Besides being barren, it wasn’t even naturally possible for Sarah to conceive anymore due to old age.

 

But Abraham “…believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). Romans 4:19-21 says “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”


Not only does the above passage of scripture underline Abraham’s audacity of faith, it also underscores four vital qualities of prevailing faith: One, it doesn’t consider physical circumstances. Two: It doesn’t stagger. Three: It gives glory to God; and four: It’s fully persuaded. This is how you create the faith-environment for the Word to produce results in your life; it’s by refusing to consider natural circumstances or stagger at the promise of God through unbelief. Plus that, you’re strong in faith, giving glory to God, being fully persuaded of the efficacy and infallibility of His Word.

 

When you personalize, apprehend, appropriate and take a stand on God’s Word for yourself, like Abraham, you’d get the desired results.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, I thank you for your word that builds my faith and confidence in you! As I put your Word to work in my life today, my success, progress and prosperity are guaranteed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Hebrews 4:2

 

James 1:22

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 16:13-17:1-13

 

Exodus 6-7

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 9:14-26

 

Genesis 24

 

Discussion:

 

What can we learn from Abraham's faith?

 

Like Abraham, do you also allow God's Word to work in your life?