Proverbs 4:23-27 (NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
“Fixin’ to” is a very common term used in the South which happens to be my home. I have a slight Southern drawl but nothing like my friends and family who live in the county outside of town. “Fixin’ to” means simply about to or getting ready to do something. It can also be used as a form of procrastination meaning I wasn’t but I am now that you reminded me or avoidance when you would like help making dinner or cleaning the kitchen…maybe this is just my experience. We are fixin’ to move out to the county. I find that the more time my children spend with our family and friends in this environment that their vocabulary is changing. The word “ain’t” comes up a lot more. The conjugation of verbs is changing. Although born in the South where my dad was born and raised, my biological mom was from Maine. With two very different examples, I find that my vernacular will take on the identity of those around me depending on the speech pattern of those around me. Crazy how our mind works…
Today my heart is challenged by the Lord to be focused. To fix my heart, mind, ears, and eyes on Him. Something is coming and I believe that the Lord does not want any of His Beloved to miss out on His Grace, Goodness and Glory that is about to pour out from His Kingdom to rain on all of us. God is fixin’ to do something that is great and wants us to get ready for what He is fixin’ to do. When my eyes opened, before I could even focus or see in the dark, the Lord told me to fix my eyes and focus so I am sharing this with you.
I have no idea what the Lord is about to do. Like everyone else reading this today, there must be something in your heart that you have been waiting on. Maybe it is that thing you need release to do, relief from or restoration of that He has on His Mind. Perhaps it is for the corporate call of revival that has many churches fasting and praying to experience the Lord’s Presence in a whole new magnificent way. Whatever your solution is God has it and is desperate to get it to you… to us.
Guard your heart above all else. The call to attention in my spirit is real today. A heightened sense of awareness that the Lord is closer than before and tugging just a little tighter on my heart strings tells me that God is about to do something big. Just looking at the conversations of Jesus just prior to the Cross, He did not keep His Destiny a secret but the people around Him did not want to hear that. It was not their plan. It was not what they wanted. We all are guilty of that sometimes. Crying out to the Lord and saying, “Your Will be done…” but not really meaning it in our heart and soul. Our heart determines the course of our life.
When the Lord speaks to us, it is directly to our heart. Our mind is too perverse to truly comprehend the message that He brings so He speaks to the Holy Spirit in us who works His Way through our heart into our head. Faith is illogical. Hope seems unrealistic. It is our heart that can override our mind and fix our thoughts on Jesus. Why Jesus?
Hebrews 12:2 (NLT) We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
Jesus is the Champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Initiate means to introduce, to begin, set going or to originate. He is the Alpha and Omega of faith. He is the beginning and the end of our faith. Faith is not a head game but a heart change. It is not challenging ourselves to trust God even when we don’t believe. It is the opportunity to know the Lord and trust all that He does as beneficial. So much so that we learn to depend on Jesus for everything.
Jesus is the Champion of faith which means He is the best at it. He won it all. The great thing about it is when He won the victory over sin, sickness, addiction, evil, death and the grave – the Lord offered it to you and me without hesitation. Even though it was completely our fault, He said, “Here this is for you!” The faith potential in our life found in completion is perfection. It comes from the Champion of Faith – Jesus Christ.
It is all in the “and”. Jesus is the Initiator and Champion of faith. We fill in the “and” with our willingness and ability to take hold of faith and allow His Love to grow deep roots in our life and solidify our connection to Christ. This allows us to take hold of hope. The kind that never leads to disappointment. Jesus did all this for the joy that awaited Him after the Cross. Too many times we look for relief in the midst of enduring but this will only set us back. God will give you respite. He will give you rest. He will restore you as you go just as Psalm 23 promises. You cannot stop holding on and pressing in because winners don’t quit.
Colossians 3:7-10 (NLT) You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
“Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.” This is vital to the growth and cultivation of faith. Our words can be toxic if we do not have a guarded heart that takes over our rambling lips. The heart and mind must become one so that from the abundance of our heart comes pouring out when we speak. This is a full-time job for every Christian so do not think you are alone. I have to pray every single day for the Holy Spirit to cover my mouth. The struggle is real. Especially when the enemy is intent on using others to annoy us, anger us, offend us, take advantage of us, stealing our joy let alone our stuff, and so many other tactics to kill the harvest of those who dare to live by faith.
Every word must be evaluated carefully to be certain that there is no anger, rage, malice, slander or improper connotation. Our brain justifies our speech so we must bypass our brain and connect each word with the Holy Spirit in our heart. Our words should edify the body and build up souls. The best way to do that is to focus on the Word – read it, study it, and meditate on it until it becomes the pattern for our life rather than this world. We must invite the Holy Spirit to control our tongue every day and fight the urge to rant, rave and complain when things don’t go our way.
Philippians 4:6-9 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet. Stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked. Keep your feet from following evil. Jesus is fixin’ to return. We better be fixin’ our lives to be ready when He comes. On a serious note, it matters how we live out the “and” called our life. Fix our thoughts. What we think about dictates how we live? It is easy to get caught in the natural. Life. Love. Responsibilities. Other relationships outside of Christ. If God’s People would come to the understanding that nothing in our life should operate outside of our love for Jesus Christ and obedience to His Word in our life – it would all come together. Our heart and mind would be at peace. The fulfillment of God would overtake us. People could not touch our joy and deep satisfaction. It wouldn’t matter what they said to us or did to us. This is how we perfect our faith. It is nothing we do but our complete envelopment in the Love of Jesus.
Marking out a straight path gives hint to the fact this is what we must be willing to do. Mark means a visible impression or tangible tracing. We have God’s Word. We have God’s Spirit. Now we must surrender our way to allow His Way to take over. Thy Kingdom come…THY WILL be done requires faith that His Way is better. Enough faith to intentionally walk that way each and every day.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Jesus sets us free to choose a way of life. This does not change the fact that He is fixin to come back for us. It means each individual decides what he or she is fixin’ to do. When the Lord comes it will not be to evaluate our good intentions or the things that we were fixin’ to do. Did we endure? Did we persevere? Did we love unconditionally? Did we surrender our life fully? Today I must fix my thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable – the only One I can think of is Jesus Christ my Champion. I must be purposeful in practicing all I have learned (from His Word) and all that I have received (through His Spirit). It is important to pray about everything and everyone in my life as I redirect my entire existence through my relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a labor of love. It is the “and” between the Initiation of Faith and its Perfection yet to come. The Lord is fixin’ to come and I plan to be ready. How about you?
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NLT) For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.