Guarding our hearts and mind.

“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.”
Philippians 4:8 above talks about the kind of things we should think and meditate upon. Proverbs 4:23 also says that we should guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it are the issues of life. Not forgetting Romans 12:2 that says we should be transformed by the renewing of our mind and shouldn’t be conformed to this world.
All these, just tells us the kind of things we should occupy our minds with. Recently, I was reading a book titled ‘Hey God, why is it taking so long’ by Lynette Hagin (great book by the way, I suggest you read it too). In it, she talked about staying in the Word of God. Now, this does not mean praying for 24hrs or reading your bible all day. It just means surrounding yourself with the things of God. It could be by playing gospel music while commuting (again, be careful with the kind of so called gospel music you’re listening to. Always make sure the lyrics are in line with the Word), listening to messages while driving, reading books, communicating with God and so on. All of these just help to renew, minds and focus our minds on the things of God and ensure that our gaze is permanently fixed on Him.
Also, I found that as I read that book on my way to and from school, I noticed my mind was always focused on God. While on other days when I watched programs that I thought of as ‘entertaining’, somehow, my mind started roaming and thinking thoughts that I really did not want to be thinking. But it was as a result of what I had taken in. Hence, we need to guard our hearts.
 It may seem easy to do for some of us, but I did not find it so easy. There are so many distractions in the world. But then I realize that serving God is a conscious effort and it’s a choice, we work at it. I remember writing on a piece of paper ‘Lord, I want to have a more intimate relationship with You’ but then the time I spent in His presence seemed to reduce when it was supposed to increase. It’s not magic, how was I supposed to hear Him when I was focused on the cares of this world, I did not take time to listen to Him and follow His leading, but I was rushing about taking care of my daily business, which technically should be His business. Even in the natural, our relationships with people become more intimate when we spend more time with them. It’s just the same with God.
If you’re like me and you’ve found yourself time and time again desiring a more intimate relationship with God but never really see it become a reality; the solution to this is in James 4:8. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…’. Draw near, move closer, spend more time in His presence. If you’ve been spending 30mins in your daily quiet time, increase it.  You’ve been spending countless hours watching TV, start reading your bible in that time. I know it might not sound so easy and there’s a tendency to going back to our old ways after sometime, but remember the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:27, he constantly disciplined His body and brought it under subjection.
Dear brother and sister in Christ, I have no doubt that there would be testimonies as we spend time thinking the things of God and spending more time in His presence. I’m still in the process of implementing these truths, so please pray for me as I would be praying for you also. God bless you!
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8 comments:

  1. Tomi! This is a lovely message. Personally, it's well-timed too.
    I pray that God may continue to use you as a vessel...

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  2. I'm glad, thank God and amen too. Luv u bbz!

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  3. wow, tomi, well done. this is a good message and i think what you're doing is amazing. God bless you. Keep it up!!

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  4. fantastic inspiring as always i personally have tried to meditate on 1corinthians 9:27 powerful scripture..God bless u and dis has reminded me afresh how we so much need to draw nearer to God and spend less time with the distractions of this world.may God continue to give us grace.

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  5. Tank u very much Esse and amen!
    Evelyn, I'm happy u were blessed by dis and amen too.

    pls ladies, feel free 2 share!

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  6. Hey Tomi,

    Your testimony of how much closer you've gotten to God inspires me. I'm at a point in my spiritual life where I want more of God, more of that father-daughter relationship and I've come to understand wanting is NOT enough. I have to also play an active part in this relationship and TALK to him more often and LISTEN when he speaks. Thank you for this message and thank you for being a blessing! May God continue to inspire you!

    P.S. I take a little credit in being the one who invited you to join 'I'm Christian Because...' :)

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  7. I reckon this is Ife Olokode.

    Yes dearie, we have an active role to play. and it's not just hearing once and running off, but continuing in the faith and then we get to know Him more.

    alright, I'll let u take d credit cos I can't actually remember who invited me to join..lol

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  8. Oh Tomi! This was a TOTALLY worthy read... A friend of mine and I are currently battling 2 different addictions.. and 1 common one (okay not so common but related sha).. so on my birthday.. We had dinner and i sat there and told him that he needed to do a 2 weeks Abstinence ish and that if he did.. GOD would do his greatness as always( I know he will). its not been easy Tomi.. hell! i have fallen many times since then and we are just 7 days in.. but this morning Nne.. this tweet came out of my heart;

    "Dear Lord, i am broken.. Please Fix me".. and then in return I think i heard something in the lines of "it all boils down to my will and not much else" (All Paraphrased). Oh Tomi, its not easy to live like you do.. as you said "serving God is a conscious effort" I guess i am just too busy or too NOT READY to let go completely.. It is well Nne. Wow! you ahve been here since 2010! Thats a long time eh! You na Boss someboRRy..

    P.S: And yes.. Our people say that "if the Hunter learns to shoot without missing.. the Birds will learn to fly without perching" (Chinua Achebe.. iThink.. Not to sure though).. Ehen! my point sha eez that.. Since yaf decided to not update ehn.. aYaf in turn decided to travel down memory lane.. **Wears Fine Boy smile... Cheers Tomi. GOD bless you. Please pray with my Friend and I. Pretty please. Especially him.

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