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The Keys to the Kingdom (series)
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life
As I’ve gotten up in years maintaining my weight has been an issue due to the lack of exercise and becoming a quote “a couch potato.” As everyone knows getting older comes with its ups and downs. During my yearly physical my doctor informed me that my cholesterol level was elevated but there was a remedy to resolve the problem, as always there is the pill or even better more physical activity I choose the latter. I signed up for some Aikido classes and it became not only a great fitness class but I learned numerous techniques for self defense. Yet something bothered my spirit whenever I entered the dojo (place of the way). You see whenever one entered the dojo one paid respect to the master by bowing to a picture on the wall. For me it was a matter of the heart for I have only one Master!!
Jesus’ ministry focused on a change of the inner man or the heart for he recognized that out of the heart are the issues of life. Nothing can destroy the individual more than that which is allowed to gain control over the enter spirit. I believe one of “the Keys to the Kingdom” that Jesus preached a way for believers in the living God, not to allow outside forces to overwhelm them or make them yield so far as to take one’s dignity or self-respect. When one does, it is than able to control ones future, keys to their destiny and outcome leaving one with no security and no mechanism for self-defense. Therefore guard your heart with all diligence for in this life there will be influences, prejudice, evil desires, bad habits, power struggles, fear, segregation and disappointments but if the heart is guarded one will not veer off the path that leads to life, integrity and totality.