Tonight we will be having an all worship service at Kayil Youth. Tonight at 6:00, at 3030 Franklin Avenue, Riverside CA. We personally invite you to come and worship.
Because I know that you love me. Your love never fails.
Know my peace in the quietness
and trust in me when all is still.
do not let me stray from your commands
There has been a lot going on in my life. I know my last message was a few months ago but just recently I visited my friends church, Antioch in downtown Riverside. The message literally ignited a huge fire in my heart and Brent I thank you for inviting me down. It was truly something I needed to hear.
Lately my heart has been doing a lot of healing, more so than normal. Everything I have gone through has left me hurt and wounded. I tried to get back up and put myself back on the battlefield but nonetheless my heart was still vulnerable and it ended up being attacked. I am clearly not ready to be thrown out there fighting battles if my heart isn’t ready which brings me to this message for our readers.
VULNERABLE the capability of being hurt and wound by being exposed to the possibility of being attacked
In the book of Proverbs 4:23 King Solomon says this "Above all else, Guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.." NIV
This is implied because we are in a combat zone in which our heart is the main causality. Sometimes we can be blind to this war and the fact that the enemy is focused on destroying us, because we a united with God. Our hearts can be attacked in multiple ways. It can be through disappointment, discouragement, anger, temptation, sin and mistrust. Through these situations we are tempted to walk off the battle field with a white flag signifying that we give up.
My part in this is, I wasn’t ready to be out on the battlefield. I trust people way to easily and when I losethat trust it takes a while for it to build up again, only to be torn down by having people misuse that trust. Even though my heart is still in the healing process I went out on that battlefield only to be hurt and wounded again. It wasn’t God’s choice for me to go back out there but my own. Not letting God have reign over my life ended up in me getting hurt again and having him teach me a hard lesson.
If you don’t guard or protect your heart, it can become calloused or weak, maybe even toxic. Your heart is the core being of who you are and it can affect everyone and everything around you. I know when my heart is like that it can be contagious and it holds me back from my battles that I know I can win.
Philippians 4:6-8 'Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise'.
Lastly, give everything that is in your hearts to God. Whether its frustration, anger, sin, temptation…anything. Give it to God because he will grant you that peace you are longing for and ultimately it will help you guard your heart and be prepared for what is to come.
My prayer for you:
God, I pray that those who are going through any type of battle right now, just turn to you and lay there problems by your feet. May these readers encounter your eternal love and long lasting peace. Let them go out onto the battle field with strong and guarded hearts. If anything comes there way may they be suited in faith and covered by your word. Amen.