WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS. No. 200
The Bible talks about WATCHING a lot of times. Because God loves us so much He tells us to watch because He knows TROUBLE might come if we don’t! He doesn’t want any of His dear children to be “burned” by sin and disaster. Here is a little word pattern that can help you to remember some of the things you should WATCH:
watch your Words
- ....James 3:3-6, 8-10.
A watch your Actions - .. Colossians 3:17.
T watch your Thoughts - ...Psalm 139:2.
C watch your Companions - II Corinthians 6:14.
H watch your Heart - ............Jeremiah 17:9.
When God wants us to watch, it means more than just keeping your eyes in your head open. It means be careful, make sure everything is right, don’t just rush in with the eyes of your spirit shut. Let’s have a look at that last one, watch your heart:
is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it? I the LORD search the heart ...” (Jeremiah 17:9,10).
What is your “heart?” It is the way the Bible talks about the real wants and feelings inside us. We can tell ourselves on the outside we are real good people, but inside we are just selfish and love ourselves more than anything or anyone else! God Himself shows us in the Bible all about our own “hearts” and gives us Jesus to save us. There are real silly people today who keep on telling other people about “loving yourself.” They say we all need to love ourselves more, and realise how wonderful we really are. But God doesn’t tell us such rubbish in His Word. He shows us what sinners we are, and then helps us be sorry and get right with Him. I reckon we all love ourselves too much, if you ask me! Here is another one of those Bible verses above for you to read and think about. It is telling you that you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, so don’t bring dis-honour to His Name. Why don’t you read the rest of those verses in a Bible for yourself:
“ And what-so-ever [whatever] ye do in word or deed [ all your words and actions], do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17).