The following is what I went over yesterday in our Business luncheon. I hope that in some way this can be a blessing. The truths are great!
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
I. Beware of the crooked heart! Proverbs 11:20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
a. Froward means distorted, false, perverse or crooked
b. The idea is a heart or person that is not willing to yield or comply with what is required; unyielding; ungovernable; or disobedient.
c. An attitude at work about the employer, the customer, the government
d. An attitude about God and His Word and not wanting to do what God would have you to do
e. An attitude of thinking you deserve it
f. Seeking to justify what is wrong because you are looking out for yourself
II. Beware of the heavy heart! Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
a. Heaviness means anxiety, fear, worry, sorrow
b. It is easy to get a wrong focus in todayâ€™s climateâ€”bad economy, recession coming if not here
c. He commanded us to be anxious for nothing but rather to trust Himâ€”Phillippians 4:6-8 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
d. Anxiety and worry will cause you to be depressed
e. It will cause you to focus on problems and not solutions
f. It will cause you to become bitter which is going to affect your family, your person and your business
III. Keep a healthy heart! Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
a. Sound means healthy, wholesome, or yielding
b. Keep your sin confessed
c. Have the right relationship with God
d. Seek God so that your life and business can be blessed Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
e. Spend time every day in the Word of God and prayer
f. Confess your fears and concerns and ask for wisdom without doubting!