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How To Guard Your Heart As A Christian?
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As Christians, if we fail to guard our hearts could we will lose our salvation? How do we guard our hearts?  Why do we need to guard our hearts as Christians?

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In Acts four, Barnabas sold his land then he placed the total sale price at the apostles’ feet.

Two other brethren, members of the First Century Church in Jerusalem noticed this!

They were Ananias and his wife Sapphira.


When this husband and wife team saw what Joses had done they had an idea.

The Plan!!

They also owned land. 

They decided that they were going to sell their land too but they planned to retain a portion of the sale’s price and not tell the apostles about it! (Acts 5:3).

“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession” (Acts 5:1).

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They wanted to prove whether the Holy Ghost was operating through the Apostles.

As a result, they agreed together to sell their land also. So, they thought out their plan and then executed it!

“And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet” (Acts 5:2).

“But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” (Acts 5:3).

“Whiles it remained, was it not thine own[,] and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power[,] why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart[,] thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God”[?] (Acts 5:4).

“And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things” (Acts 5:5).

“And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him” (Acts 5:6).


What Is The Source of Your Information?
Every piece of data we encounter originates from a source.

What is the source of the information that you allow into your heart?

They didn’t realize that this “idea” didn’t originate from them.

Subsequently, their plan wasn’t theirs either but someone else’s.

Listen as Apostle Peter explains that they have been ensnared.

“But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” (Acts 5:3).


At what point did Satan fill Ananias’ heart to lie to the Holy Ghost?

When he and his wife decided to sell their own land and to lie about the sale price of it.


4 Sources of Information

But they fall into two broad categories: Internal and External Sources.

The Internal Sources
Our own thoughts (via our own spirits)
The thoughts of the Lord via the Spirit of the Lord

Examples of internal sources are:

“For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled” (Revelation 17:17).

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them” (Hebrews 10:16).


The External Sources
The thoughts that the Devil places into our hearts.
The thoughts that the Lord places into us.


These two categories of sources present us with sensory perceptions that impact our choice
When both Ananias and Sapphira accepted “their idea” to lie about the sale price of their land, they unwittingly accepted an input into their minds from Satan.


“And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him” (John 13:2; Acts 5:3).

This is one reason we must be vigilant. We must always be evaluating all the information we encounter to determine its source.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

“Keep” in the context above means to protect and maintain. 

You should protect your heart from contamination. And simultaneously maintain its purity.

Similarly, “all diligence” means by all means, with all constancy and earnestness.

Thus, “keep thy heart with all diligence” means that we should protect and maintain the nature of the information that we allow into our hearts with constancy and earnestness.

Because what comes from our heart defines us.


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