Gems From Pastor Jim – 9/4/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 27:19 As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person.

Here is a truth that we must always remember. What is in the heart matters. We may be able to put on a front and fool people, but who we really are is determined by the heart. Now there are a few things that we must consider about the heart.

The heart is the soul of man. It is the spirit of man. It is influenced and controlled by either Christ or Satan. There are no other choices. If the Lord is not leading the heart, Satan is. No one can escape this truth and everyone chooses who will lead them.

The heart is directly connected to the mind. Whatever we allow to linger in our minds find their way into our hearts. The more we think about unholy things, the more we are influenced by them and the more likely we are to act them out. We become what we think about. If we ignore feeding our minds with godly things, sinful things begin to take over.

We are naturally born sinners and the only way we can control our sinful nature is for us to keep our minds focused on godly things. We must pursue God through His Word, the fellowship of His church and prayer. The more time we spend on godly things, the less time Satan has to get a foothold in our hearts. When we slack off in our pursuit of God, we give Satan the opening he is looking for. He will take full advantage of his opportunity and begin the process of leading us astray.

If you want to please the Lord and live a victorious life in Him, you must diligently guard your soul by protecting your mind. You must say no to sinful influences and thinking. It’s not easy to do and we all fail, but it is what we must strive to do. Fight the good fight for your soul and you will win the war through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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