Jan31WedJanuary 31, 2018
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and we think about love this month. In order to keep our physical heart healthy we have to exercise, get plenty of rest, eat right, and handle stress in a good way. In the same way that the flu has been going around this year, sin also plagues the health of our hearts. In Psalm 119:11 it says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” When we read and put into practice the word of God, our hearts stay healthy for God, and sin can’t enter into our hearts.
In the Bible King David was considered to be a man after God’s own heart, yet he committed some terrible sins. After David had sinned by committing adultery with Bathsheba he cries out to God asking Him for forgiveness. God forgives David, but his sins could not go unpunished. Sin is a nasty spiritual virus that wants to bring us down and destroy us just like a scammer who is trying to steal our identity. In order to move closer to God we must first deal with and confess our sins to Him. In Psalm 51:10-12 David says, “Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again. Do not send me away from you or take your Holy Spirit away from me. Give me back the joy of your salvation. Keep me strong by giving me a willing spirit.” In this passage of Scripture David’s heart is aching because of his sin, but God forgives him and gives him a second chance. It is so good to know that God can mend broken hearts caused by sin. When we look within our hearts it is good to ask ourselves what it says in Psalm 139:23 when it says, “God, examine me and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any bad thing in me. Lead me on the road to everlasting life.” Sometimes in life it is good to go and get our heart checked out to make sure it is in good health. Take time out of your life this month to examine your heart condition for the Lord.
Hiding God’s Word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against Him,
Youth Man Matt