Study of Exodus – Book of Redemption – how the Lord brought the nation of Israel out of bondage to freedom. Exodus is a wonderful book of redemption how man cannot set himself free from the bondage of sin, but God in His wonderful plan of redemption can set him free.
Lesson 2 – Genesis chapter 12 through 50. This lesson covers four very important men: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
- Abraham – Man of Faith
- Isaac – Promised son.
- Jacob – servant – served Laban fourteen years for Rachel
- Joseph – man who suffered so much but kept his integrity, morals, and faith
Six ways to lift and protect your Heart
So easy to become discouraged and disheartened today, just look around and see all the problems that are happening on the local, state, national, and international areas. These issues can make person lose heart.
Personal and family issues can cause a person to lose heart and become discouraged. Financial, health, relationship, and other personal issues can bring a huge burden on one’s heart.
So, what can we do to protect our hearts?
Paul gives the Ephesian Christians several key factors to protect their hearts. Here are six.
Ephesians 5:15–20 KJV “5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
Be careful how you behave or act because it affects your heart.
Ephesians 5:15 NIV “¶ Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,”
A person might not understand just how much his behavior or lack of it can affect his heart. When a person is living a lifestyle that is contrary to what he know is right will have a devastating effect on his heart and life. How a person lives can either encourage or discourage him.
You protect your heart when you are careful to act properly and to stay away from sin. You need to walk in wisdom and avoid those things that seek to destroy your hearts.
When you fail to live according to how that you know you should live and act, it will discourage your heart and life. Good behavior lifts the heart; sinful behavior destroys the heart.
Sin brings hard consequences on both spirit and body. Living holy brings comfort and peace to one’s heart.
Be careful how you spend your time.
Ephesians 5:16 NIV “making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
There is just so much time in the day – time to do what you need to do but not time to do everything what you want to do. So much of your day is already assigned to things that you must do, so you need to spend the rest of the time wisely.
Make the most of your time. Spend it wisely. Do not waste it.
What a blessing when you get to the end of your day and realize that you made the most of the time that God blessed you with. Plan your day accordingly.
Be careful to seek God’s will daily
Ephesians 5:17 NIV “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
People want to know that there is a reason for their lives. They want to feel that there is a purpose for life and there is. It is doing the will of God.
First, God’s will is that a person comes to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Too often a person thinks of God’s will for his life in a global or lifetime manner, but he need to think about this question, “What does God want me to do today?”
Seek God’s will on a daily basis.
What is God calling me to do today? Then do it!
Be careful who you let control your life
Ephesians 5:18 NIV “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”
A real problem in the city of Ephesus was the drunkenness of its citizens from all the celebrations and parties. Paul tells the church not to be under the control of anything but the Lord. Be not addicted to anything: drugs, alcohol, television, etc. But yield your life to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit be the leading influence in your life.
A person protects his heart when he does not allow himself to be addicted to anything, but keeps his life under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
Be careful to keep a melody in your heart
Ephesians 5:19 NIV “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,”
Music is such a vital aspect in a person’s life. It lifts the heart and encourages the soul – the music of the Christian should be that which praises and worships the Lord. Let these lift and give your heart a melody.
A great way to protect your heart is to keep a melody in your heart so it fills your heart with encouragement, joy, peace, and the love of the Lord.
Get some good music and let it lift your heart!!!
Be careful to have the right heart attitude
Ephesians 5:20 NIV “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Have the right heart’s attitude – being thankful for what the Lord has given to you. Have a thankful heart and it will protect your life and heart.
Put these into practice daily and you will be encouraged in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Expedition toward Eternity is a new Bible study that I began at Christ Independent Methodist Church. Starting at “In the beginning, God” and ending at “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all Amen,” this study will cover an overview of every book in the Bible in 52 lessons. If you have never gone through the entire Bible in one year’s time, you need to take this study. I will post my handouts and an audio of the lesson on my website here.
If you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May the Lord richly bless you this year.