11 Calvary Crew Conversation
11 Calvary Crew Conversation- April 8-12, 2019
Guard Your Heart
Scripture Reference: Proverbs 4:23-27: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
Main Idea: In the Old Testament, the word heart is used over 800 times, but more than 200 times the heart is directly linked to your thought life, emotions, motives - the why behind what you do. When scripture talks about the heart, it’s not just about the organ itself, but about the heart being intricately connected to our thoughts, motives, and actions. God wants us to guard our hearts because out of it flow the issues of life.
There are four ways to guard our hearts:
1. Watch the Gateway
a. Take Responsibility for Your Heart
You are not just a human being but a human becoming - You are always becoming something (Prov. 21:1-3).
b. Take Inventory of Your Heart
Everything and everyone comes with a warning label (1 Cor. 15:33).
Question: What are some areas of your life that you are ignoring the warning labels? How can you take responsibility for these areas?
2. Obedience: God wants our obedience immediately. Obedience is important because Jesus says it is important. If we love Him, we will obey Him. Jesus is after first-time obedience (John 14:15).
a. Obedience Leads to Blessing:
We open our lives to God’s blessings when we became doers, not just hearers of the word (Isaiah 1:19, James 1:22-25).
b. Obedience is an Act of Honor and Trust
I obey because I honor God, I esteem Him. I understand and value His authority in my life. Obedience is submission to God’s will and ways because I know His ways and thoughts are better than my own (Isaiah 55:8-9, Prov. 3:5-6).
3. Preach the Gospel to Myself
a. The Gospel Convicts Us
When we preach the Gospel to ourselves, the Spirit of God comes to convict us (Hebrews 4:12).
b. The Gospel Helps Us to Recognize Our Need for a Savior
As believers, we are better at recognizing others’ sins but fail to recognize our own (Romans 3:23-24).
Question: Share your personal salvation experience. Where were you when Jesus found you, and how has your love and heart towards Him grown?
a. Worship Creates Atmosphere
Worship creates an atmosphere for God’s presence (Psalms 16:11, 1 Samuel 16:23).
b. Worship Allows for an Exchange
Worshipping God is the perfect way to exchange all of our cares and anxiety for a peace that passes our understanding. In worship we can bring our sorrows and trade them for joy (Psalms 30:11, Phil. 4:6-7).
Summary: In order to realign our heart towards God, we have to rearrange our investments .If we want our heart to be somewhere, we must first invest in it. God must be first in our lives and in order to put Him first, we must invest in Him. Oftentimes, we think quality is better than quantity, but sometimes we have to go through the door of quantity to get to quality. The more we are invested in something, the more we love it. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” and Matthew 22:37 says: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” In an effort to rearrange our investments and love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind; we must ask ourselves three questions: 1) What do your worry most about or rather what is the one thing in your life that if you lost it, your life would be over? 2) What do you always have money for? 3) What is the one thing that when you do it, you lose all sense of time? These three questions help us to take inventory of our heart and identify what is priority and what we worship.
Call to Action: Are the things you are investing in leading you to the heart of God or are they creating entertainment and distractions in your life? What are some practical ways for your to rearrange your investments in order to realign your heart towards God?