The nature of a tried and true soldier of our God’s grace has learned the power and value of a humble, repentant heart. A humble, repentant heart is a heart open to our God’s Truth, a heart that is correctable and willing to change its course. What an encouragement to know that even when we knowingly choose wrong over right, our God extends His mercy and grace when we repent. Restitution may be required and some suffering experienced; nevertheless, our God always embraces the truly repentant heart.
Being teachable, with the willingness to do our God’s Will, living His truth, and pursuing His character and integrity leads us into, or opens the door to His grace. When God’s grace (Loving help to be and do the impossible) is upon us, we accomplish the impossible, do the unimaginable, and see the invisible. But it must be our God’s will, His way.
Motivated by our God’s love, we must ask ourselves if there is anything in us that wants to show appreciation to the God that delivered us from hell? Is there any compassion in us that would make us reach outside ourselves, our struggles, our fears and comforts to help someone else, not for our own glory or benefit, but simply to further the effect of Jesus The Christ?
If we understand these things and practice them we are good soldiers of the cause of our God, in Jesus The Christ.
Verses 20-22 We must recognize that the Word of our God is the Source of our lives
(KJV) 20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
(NLT) 20Pay attention, my child, to what I say. Listen carefully. 21Don’t lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, 22for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning.
As a single-minded, single-hearted soldier of Jesus The Christ, our first attention, and loyalty is given to the words of our Commander in Chief. We make it a point to know the mind, will and purpose of our Commander; and faithfully desire to maintain a committed heart to follow His guidance, as we carry out His will. We know this is the place of blessing (John 15:7).
We must honor our God first by doing all things the way He desires, equips, and empowers us to and with the right heart. We must honor Him even above any blessing; then His blessing will automatically be a part of our lives.
Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 1And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Verse 23 We must keep our hearts clear of anything that opposes our God’s Word.
(KJV) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
(NLT) Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.
We must judge all things by the Word of our God, and allow nothing to enter in our hearts, or affect our beliefs that do not agree with our God’s Word.
Verse 24 We must examine the condition of our hearts before we speak
(KJV) Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee
(NLT) Avoid all perverse talk; stay far from corrupt speech.
We must remove all perverted conversation from our speech and vocabulary. Profanity is not something that Jesus would do. We must keep check on what we say and the spirit in which we say it. We can say right words in the wrong spirit and come under the judgment of God, and open the door of our hearts to the tactics of the devil.
Matthew 12:43-45 (KJV) 43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
If, after our God has delivered us, we intentionally allow ourselves to go back to anything He has clearly declared sin for us, we give satan inroads to our lives. The true enemy of our souls (minds, will, and emotions) then uses guilt and deception to do all he can do to get us into bondage again. The deceitful, intruding spirit would have to be cast out; we then need our God’s grace to completely recover. Soldiers of our God’s grace must operate in His love, as we stand in prayer and faith, as we work with our God to separate humanity from satan’s illegal captivity. Freedom for all humanity has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus The Christ.
Verse 25-27 We must keep our focus on our God, His will, and His purposes
(KJV) Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
(NLT) Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Jeremiah 29:11-15 (NLT) 11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. 14I will be found by you,” says the LORD. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and bring you home again to your own land.”
We must trust in our God’s ability to steer our lives. Keeping our focus single will allow us to truly find out who our God is. It is in that revelation that the purpose of our lives is revealed and becomes easier, and the blessings flow freely.
Verses 26-27 We must live according to the Truth that our God reveals to us
(KJV) Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
(NLT) Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. 27Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
We must watch and pay attention to the way we live. We cannot afford to live haphazardly; we must live on purpose. We must consider our ways, in accordance to the Word of God, so that we might enjoy the kingdom of our God.
Matthew 7:14 (KJV) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
This is the life that Jesus spoke of in John 10:10. The Scripture tells us the Word of our God has come to be revealed to all humanity that we all may live His abundant life, (Zoe life; so rich that it enriches others). Matthew 7:14 tells us that few will pay the cost, and get serious enough with God to tap into it, and walk it out. Watchmen, we must not be afraid, nor apprehensive; we can trust our God and His grace.
Remember, our God has always had the best in mind for humanity.
Luke 2:10-14 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Watchmen, we are called to walk in our God’s grace, love, authority and power; We are soldiers of the Most-High God!