Shields Up!

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6 ----

While sitting in a coffee shop and sipping my skinny peppermint mocha, a man walked by my table. As he walked by, he bumped the chair at my table. I politely moved it from the way of traffic by tucking it in closer to my table. He continued on to the station next to my table, to fix his coffee with cream and sugar. As I adjusted the chair, our eyes met. He winked at me and smiled. He was cute! My face must have been on “auto-respond” because I smiled back and yes, I did notice that wink he gave me. For two seconds, I entertained the thought of a conversation but that just might be flirting. Whoa! Where did my mind just go? Who dropped the shield from my radar? I get plenty of affection and I can flirt anytime I want — with my husband. I don’t have a deep need to go looking anywhere else. I have no absence of affection that would make me feel lacking, but yet a millisecond of flirting from a complete stranger made me feel “noticed.”

Even if I had been single, or in a marriage of “lack-luster”, I must still honor God.  We must be careful not to entertain weak emotions, causing us to wander from what honors God. If I had followed the urge, it would have been “emotionally and intentionally cheating”. This is why the Word of God gives us these wise words;

2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

When we let just a little in, it can spoil the whole heart. Sin enters and perhaps we are unaware, but it will seep in more and more. When we’ve developed a bad habit or thought pattern, getting control is a matter of relying on God, to give you strength to turn from the sin. Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Let him not only create a pure heart but also, renew a steadfast spirit within you. “Creating a pure heart” means it may take time, and “renewing a steadfast spirit” means that you must stand diligently and steady in your allegiance to God. He is faithful, by his immeasurable grace, to cleanse us, as we continue to bring our weaknesses before him, completing the good work he has started in us.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6

PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, I ask you, through your son Jesus, to cleanse my heart from sin. Thank you for your Holy Spirit. Help me to recognize when you check my heart as weaknesses rise to the surface. I ask you to be my light, strengthen my walk, and help me to love what you love and hate the sin that you cleanse from my heart. I commit my thoughts and actions to you so that they honor you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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by Laurie Marks Vincent. – copyright, The Little Book of Abundance. You are welcome to share this on social networks, however, please do not copy without the expressed written permission of the author.

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