A Healthy Heart
Key Scriptures: Psalm 119:112-114
My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end. I hate the double-minded, but I love your law. You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
Lesson One: A Healthy, Christ-centered heart is the product of healthy, Christ-centered habits.
• Many people have damaged hearts because they allow anyone and anything to have access to it.
• We need to set our hearts on Christ and his Word and guard it from the enemy.
Psalm 119:112, My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.
Proverbs 4:23, Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Ezekiel 36:26-27, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
Lesson Two: You must know what to hate.
• Loving the things that we are supposed to hate robs us of the chance to experience a breakthrough.
Psalm 119:113, I hate the double minded, but I love your law.
Proverbs 6:16-19, There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Lesson Three: You must know where to hide.
• The enemy will erect shelters in the midst of the storm with the hopes that you will run into them.
• God must be our pre-established hiding place.
Psalm 119:114, You are my refuge and my shield.
Proverbs 18:10, The name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous run to it and are safe.
Psalm 32:7, You are my hiding place, you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Lesson Four: You must know how to hope.
• Hope is not wishful thinking, hope is prepared living.
• If you are hoping to see change, God has a plan for you—obedience results in the blessing of God’s promises.
Psalm 119:114, I have put my hope in your word.
Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.