A FIXED HEART
Given April 14, 2019
2 Peter 1:4-8
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and totemperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Temperance is self-control. It does not mean that if you are a smoker that you can control that urge, or if you have had problems with pornography that you can control going back to that perversion. No. Temperance or self-control means that you have set your heart on the Lord. It means your heart is fixed and it can not be tempted, changed or moved. It means that it is not double minded.
A fixed mind or heart has a quiet and strong assurance in God. It has been taught of the Lord and its peace is great. It is unshakable.
A great shaking is coming. A shaking like nothing heaven or earth has ever experienced.
Ask yourself if you are ready for this shaking:
Is my heart “fixed”? Is it “steadfast” or unmovable in the Lord?
When things on earth begin to shake violently, will I stand strong in what I know is truth?
Or will I tremble in fear and fall away?
Is my foundation sure?
Do I truly walk in holiness? Or am I a sepulcher full of dead man’s bones?
Have I put the truth in me? Do I feed on this truth continually?
Does my very existence depend on this truth?
If I stumble right now at the trouble of this life: sickness, loss of a loved one, financial struggles, discord in the family, etc…- will I hold fast to the One who will deliver me out of the greater terrors that are coming?
Is my heart fixed?
Have I given God total control of my “self”?
Can I honestly say that I am resting in Him?
Does His peace flow through me like a river?
Is God truly my sanctuary or am I trusting in my own religious doctrine?
There is not one thing in this life that is sure outside of Jesus our Messiah.
None of the preparations made to protect us from the evil that is coming are sure.
Jesus is our resting place.
He is our safe zone.
He is our Manna and our Oil.
He is the righteousness that clothes us.
Only in Him can our hearts be fixed.
He is the only thing that will not be shaken.
Anything else is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Ps 57:7, My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
7 He (a good man) shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.