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Guard Your Heart | Part 1

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June 23, 2020 8:00 am

Guard Your Heart | Part 1

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June 23, 2020 8:00 am

Psalm 119 reveals there is only one way to control your thought life, and that is to guard your heart. In this message, Adrian Rogers offers seven steps to help you guard your heart and protect your home.

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Guard your hearts to Adrian Rogers. We may be able to guard our my so that we can protect our home. There's a way that I can tell you more if you will do what these verses that are about to share with you. Do you will guard your heart and if you guard your heart then you are prepared to protect your home welcome to love words featuring profound practical lessons from acclaimed pastor and teacher Adrian Rogers, Dr. Roger said no one is ever one a moral victory. Halfhearted if we desire to protect their homes and their children. We have to get serious about guarding our hearts. We want to get serious about guarding our hearts we have to control our thought life.

Psalm 119 verses nine through 16 reveals there's only one way to control our thoughts. If you have your Bible turn there now as we analyze seven steps listed in this passage help you control your thought life and as a result.

Guard your heart. Once again, here's Adrian Rogers, God's holy word find Psalm 109. I told him about the keepers of Sea world in Orlando when they open up hardware in the pool where the killer whale while I found the body of a boy. Evidently this youngster had stayed in the park and after the park closed, he decided he would go swimming with the whales in that pool was a whale name 11,000 pounds when they came in the next morning to look him was playing with the body of a boy evidently thought that you have a good time, maybe little fun just swimming with the whales are kids today are being destroyed by monster more dangerous than that orca that killer whale so great, so be so massive is the problem sometimes so seemingly small. There is a Marine parasite very small, almost invisible that feeds on the shell of a clam and paralyzes the muscle of that clam so it cannot stay shut parasite goes on inside and begins to feed on animal itself whether killer well whether a tiny parasite feeding on the mind destroying the resistance are boys and girls today are in greater danger than boys and girls on the wild frontier many days ago and is danger everywhere and we need to do something about it because Satan wants to corrupt their minds Bible has so much to say about the mind, sometimes in the Old Testament is called the heart. Proverbs chapter 4 verse 23 keep key that means God. God you are with all proud of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs chapter 23 verse seven as a man think in his heart, so is a business motto said this is not what you think you are but what you think you will has a man think it so is it Paul said in Romans chapter 8 and verse six to be carnally minded is death. Colossians 121 says and you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. Proverbs 15 verse 26 the thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord. Just keep those verses in mind in a moment waiting to come to our text in Psalm 119 but it saddens me to say that pornography is not something that you're seeing a longer pickup in a back alley somewhere.

It has grown main stream. As I've said before, a tidal wave of sludge has hit the shores of these God bless America's that we have today. We need to do something we need to be able to God our mind, so that we can protect our home and people got all kinds of things to see if they can correct the thought life. They have searched in case they walked in deserts they going to remote islands. They live in the jungles. They climbed mountains.

They lived as hermits but they've not been able to control the thought life, but there's a way and listen to me carefully.

I will guarantee guarantee the Amish. I made out prevention if you will do what these verses that I'm about to share with you, tell you to do, you will guard your heart and if you guard your heart then you are prepared to protect your home. If your father how you need to listen if your mother, you need to pay attention if your team are preteen. Don't tell me how I want to give you seven steps for claim thought life. They had to come right here from Psalm 100 1911, he began reading now with verse nine, wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way by taking heed thereto according to my word with my whole heart have I saw estate. Let me not wander from my commandments by word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against the blessed art thou, Lord, teach me by statute's with my lips. Have I declared the judgments of my mouth. I have rejoiced in the way by testimonies as much as in all Richard's I will meditate in my precepts and have respect underlie ways. I will delight myself in my statutes, I will not forget thy word comprised in these verses nine through 16 are seven steps that I tell you with authority.

I tell you, with emphasis I tell you with clarity without stuttering without stammering, that if you will do the seven things that are listed here.

You will by God's grace for his glory and your good control your thought life. I want to say contrariwise if you don't do these things you're going to fail the seven principles principle number one.

The principle of purification – perfectly clean start their notice in verse nine, wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Now look at the word way W a Y labor word that has the idea of a rut grew. It's something like a brew in a road, a muddy rut, a farmer may drive his tractor back and forth over a farm road laughter.

While there is a rut in that road, a muddy rut and he can just set the tractor and let go of the wheel and the tractor will follow that way now. What the devil is done to so many people is this he has put a groove in their mind is put a muddy rut, a dirty track in their mind they have what I might call a one track mind of your been around people that no matter what you say they going to make something suggestive out of it. I used to work as a kid on construction work. I give my heart to Christ.

Smart was grieved with the men that I work with everything that somebody would say somebody else would make something dirty out of it. Something obscene out of it.

Something suggestive out of why because these people had arrived in the mind. They had a dirty mind when you think of a way just like somehow of a of a secret addiction.

Many people have this Jeremiah 11 verse eight says, yet they obeyed, not knowing climbed that year they wall everyone in the imagination of their evil heart. The imagination of evil heart is what we would call a dirty mind. Even at night time before they go to sleep lying on the bed rather than thinking of God rather than think of the word of God there playing dirty scenes across the theater of their mind and God knows the thoughts is what the Bible says in Matthew chapter 5 verses 27 and following Jesus is speaking. He said you've heard that it was said of them full-time.

Thou shall not commit adultery but I say to you, that whosoever look at on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart mental adultery. So, wherewithal shall a man cleanse that dirty rut that grew well look another where there actually young man cleanse his way toward cleanse is the word that we get our word catharsis from catharsis. That's the great work. How can you have a catharsis. Jesus uses that word catharsis in John 15 verse three now your clean through the word which I have spoken to you. Think of the Lord Jesus Christ coming into your mind and doing spring housecleaning. Think of him just cleaning out everything in your mind. That's not what ought to be that he will do that. The Bible says in first John 19 if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us now listen this from all unrighteousness. Doing some good news no matter what your thought life is been no matter how vile you can be as clean as pure as the driven snow. Listen, if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us, not from some, but from all unrighteousness, malice, look at that word in first John 19 if we confess a confession of sin is not an admission of sin. It may be in the courtroom, but it is not before God is not just merely saying I have done thus in such but it means I agree with you, God, I come over and take sides against this sin, I say with you there God that I've done it and it is wrong and I say with you, God, what you say about that sin. That is a confession once you make that confession. I'm telling you that Almighty God is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you that all that does is to forgive you and doesn't cleanse you, and that not enough because the problem would still be only in side but I'm telling you that if God does not forgive you and God is not cleanse you, according to his own word God would be unfaithful and God would be unjust God would be a liar and a criminal. He would be unfaithful, he would be unjust if he didn't clinch no matter what has been in your mind no matter what kind of a run is the wherewithal shall young man cleanse his way by taking heed thereto according to thy word. It's in the word of God that you're going to find this cleansing. Jesus said in John 15 verse three you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you, and so that's the very first thing I want you to.

If you have victory. That's the very first thing you're going to have to get your mind perfectly clean, not just the sin of wrong thinking.

But anything that is there because if there's any sin that any whatsoever that's unconfessed unrepentant you not going to have victory. If you have victory. One area you can have it in another area. You can have segmented victory. If we confess our sins, not us in our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When I was boy preacher. I used to pastor in Fellsmere. Florida is a sugar mill there and I would go out and witness to the minute sugar mill, low sugar mill town that a big garage. There were they fixed the tractors and equipment.

One of the members of my church ran that big garage machine shop and so forth. I went out to see him in you and think that a machine shop could be that clean the floors were clean and slick. There was no trash nothing around it. There was no grease. Everything was clean all the tools were all put up in a certain place and I looked at that place and I stood in awe of how clean it was because of a machine shop. Then I noticed something unusual that man had painted every corner in that machine shop snow white.

I asked him about us and why the corners white. He said I found out if you keep the corners white you can keep the rest of the shop clean he would allow anybody to put anything in the corner. Every corner was snow white keep the corners of your mind clean don't just try to clean up the main part. Keep it all perfectly clean and the smallest thing. Let God make you perfectly clean as you question belong to be perfectly clean. I mean really do you like to say there is nothing between my soul and the Savior clean is no reason whatsoever that you cannot be absolutely, totally, perfectly clean. If we confess our sin is likely just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Now that's the first step is the principle of purification did totally clean. That's verse nine.

Now let's look at verse 10. And here's the next principal not on the principle of purification but principle number two. The principle of determination determine to stay clean look in verse 10, with my whole have ice help me with my whole heart my all hell I saw the bullet administrator. My commandments summer going down tonight so I will never have victory and the reason you will not have victory is your halfhearted rather than wholehearted no one, no one, no one is ever one tomorrow victory halfheartedly.

Let me give her some scriptures to add to this Deuteronomy for verse 29 God says, but from thanks thou shall seek the Lord thy God. Thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all my and with all thy soul, sought God with all your heart James for verse eight. Draw nigh to God and God will draw a line to you.

Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your heart he mind a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James one verse eight Daniel chapter 1 verse eight. Daniel purposed in his that he would not defile himself purposed in your heart that you would not defile yourself. Joe said in Job 31 verse one. I made a covenant with my eyes that I would not look upon a made behavior ideas that I will not lust after a woman. I made a covenant with my eyes? Have you done that you said all my God with all my heart, I determined to be pure. I'm telling. If you don't say that and mean it in today's society. You are going down without that determination, God does business with those that mean business not have to do this. It doesn't mean the battle is, but it will never be enjoined until you go in with all your heart, you get perfectly clean anything you say. By God's grace, I will stay clean. Years ago I read how people would hunt for little animal that they made for coats out of an arm and this particular arm and had a coat of snow white. These kind of animals what they would do.

They would find the whole where the airmen would run into high and they would take an smear Phil around the whole something vile, something dirty, something the filing and then the dogs would hunt the airmen and airmen would run as fast as he could to hold to the layer to get away but when it would see that Phil and I realize it would have to the pilots coat of snow white to go into that whole Merriman rather than to file itself would turn around and face the doll's and would give his life rather than the file itself does purity mean that much to you. If not you can go to your halfhearted and if your halfhearted you're not going to make the principle of purification you get totally clean the principle of determination you determined to stay clean. I tell you again. God does business with those that mean business. I went to my daughter Virgin America Virgin. I'm glad I did.

I knew the temptations that every young man knows in college, I kept the motto on my desk and said this, he who would not fall down ought not to walk in slippery places third principle, and that is the principle of fortification fortify yourself with the word of God looking verse 11 by word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against the yes you can get clean. Yes, you can be determined, but you need more than that. You need something fortify you on the inside.

You need to be fortified by the word of God. First you repent and get clean and then you refuse to participate, but next after repentance and refusal comes replacement you put something there in the place of that which you have refused and that which God has taken out. Then you put something else back in nature abhors a vacuum.

The word of God hidden in your heart will fortify you but it's got to be in your heart, not in the dresser drawer look at it by word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against the one of the greatest weapons against pornography is hiding God's word in your heart that is memorization.

That's the way to have a pure mind. You see when you memorize Scripture scriptures the mind of God scriptures the word of God. When you have Scripture in your heart and your mind you're thinking God's thoughts after him casual falls casual reading of the Bible is like a be just flitting over the surface of the flower memorization is like to be going down into the heart of the flower and gathering the nectar meditation is like him taking it back to the hive and making money on what we need to do is gather the word of God so we can meditate on the word of God. Have you meditated on God's word today is a great day to start coming up tomorrow will hear the conclusion of this important message. If you have questions about who Jesus is what he means to you how to study God's word good where discovered Jesus you find resources and materials there that can answer questions you may have about your faith and you can leave a prayer request right there as well go to and click discovered Jesus nephew like to order a CD of today's message in its entirety. You can call us at 1877 love God and request the title.

Guard your heart.

This message is also part of the powerful series. Guard your heart protect your home for the complete collection featuring for insightful messages.

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