Man of God, Guard Your Heart!
By T.D. Jakes
House) Finally, my brother, guard your
heart. The enemy wants to embitter and corrupt you. Guard your heart against
contamination by lust and loneliness, bigotry and arrogance, and everything
in between. Your enemies may even hide in good deeds done for evil motives.
Only you can mount this guard because no other man can discern your motives
If Samson had guarded his heart, Delilah wouldnt have weakened him.
Had Samson guarded his heart with the breastplate of righteousness that Paul
talked about, he would have continued to be productive in Israel. But in the
heat of his passion and the weariness of his life, Samson "told her all
his heart" (Judges 16:17). What a tragedy! Samsons weakness caused
him to pollute his heart with lust and loneliness, and he gave it to someone
other than God.
There are some things you give to no one but God.
Many men have given their hearts to people, to careers, and to ideals (not
a God idea). They were shocked when these persons or things betrayed their
heartfelt investment. Always reserve the deepest and innermost portion of
your heart and trust for God. To go beyond borders on idolatry and will produce
a pagans reward of failure.
God wants your heart for Himself. It was the basis of your original union
with Him. God didnt appeal to your intellect; He asked for faith. The
enemy despises your heart because it is with your heart that you believe unto
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:10).
Divine peace is one of the greatest security systems you can use to guard
your heart. This peace is born out of prayer. It causes you to trust what
you cannot trace. It leads you to rely on the character of God. A character
cannot be proven; it must be believed. Nothing you read (including this book)
will replace the personal experience that evolves from prayer and praise and
from time spent learning to know the God your heart has believed. There is
a realm of faith that supersedes believing, and that is the realm of knowing.
"For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am
not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is
able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day"
(2 Timothy 1:12).
You believe with your heart, and the process begins. Finally, your faith
graduates through lifes experience into a confidence called knowing.
Satan wants to stop the process because he knows that the people who know
their God will be strong and do exploits! Guard your heart because there may
be a Samson in you that the enemy wants to destroy!
When you lose your peace and become anxious and worried, you may make radical
decisions that open up the door for demonic attack and turmoil! This allows
the enemy to suggest threats of impending danger and leave you terrified and
shaken, causing you to lose the guard that would preserve you in a storm.
Dont give up the peace of God! Peace empowers you to go through a test
without the test going through you! You may lose things, but if you keep your
peace, you can regain them again. If you are going to be a praying man, dont
give up the peace.
"Be careful for nothing; but in everything 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" (Philippians 4:6-7).
The word keep is better translated as "guard." Gods
peace will guard your heart and mind. It will cause you to pick out what thoughts
you will entertain. Samson entertained Delilah, and she infiltrated his heart
and took his secrets. Avoid entertaining thoughts that will destroy your peace.
Whenever I catch myself rehearsing problems over and over, I know I am entertaining
those problems. They will "cut my hair of anointing" if I dont
abort them! How can a thought be "aborted"?
"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. Those things,
which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:
and the God of peace shall be with you" (Philippians 4:8-9).
If life has dealt you some tough cards, dont give up. You may be down,
but bless God, you are not out. Strengthen the things that remain and go on.
You will never survive the challenges of life if you make decisions without
consultation. God wants to teach you the significance and power of daily communion
You are in the ring with a formidable opponent who wants to take you out
right now! Your enemy knows that God has predestined you for greatness. He
would love to destroy you with a single blow. But he doesnt have the
power to take out a man who really prays.
Make a commitment to stand in Gods strength, regardless of the challenges
or questions life brings and regardless of how hard you are hit. You may feel
the sting of the devils blows, and you may even wince in pain, but give
him a clear message with fire in your eyes. There will be no towel-throwing
in this fight.
That snake isnt fighting a limp-wristed, emasculated coward of a man
who has no stamina. Youve been to hells door and back again for
yourself, for your family, and maybe even for lost souls! You have been created
and trained in the likeness and image of his worst nightmare! You are a resurrected
man! You have been renewed in your faith, and you are firm in your conviction.
Tell the enemy, "I am a man of prayer. I will be knocked no lower than
See Part One: Man of God, Be on Guard!
Excerpted from Loose That Man and Let Him Go! by T.D. Jakes Copyright
© 1995, T.D. Jakes. Published by Bethany
House Publishers. Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.
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