For every agent of transformation, the security of the heart is inevitable in order to be transformed and transform others.
It is certain that a secured heart has a secured destiny and a glorious end, no wonder Jesus was pleading through Apostle Paul in Romans 12:1: “ I beseech you therefore, brethren…”.
Except you are personally transformed, you cannot transform anything or anyone because you cannot change what enslaves you.
Therefore, do not be afraid to stand alone for the right course because one with God is more than a majority.
One important thing I noticed in the text is that the security of the heart is a personal effort.
It is not what anyone can do for you, it’s a do-it-yourself thing. We are personally responsible for jealously guarding our hearts from being defiled by sin, being occupied by troubles, being exploited by thieves and being invaded by the enemy of our soul.
The main reason for keeping and guarding our hearts is to prevent the invasion of the enemy of the soul who is looking for every mean to carry out his 3-point agenda- to steal, to kill and to destroy-, looking for everywhere for ways to perpetrate his evil agenda. He is always looking for our slackness to gain access.
How to secure the hearts (Romans 12:1,2)
- Submission to God
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God to make a decisive dedication of your bodies, presenting all your members and faculties as a living sacrifice…” (Amp).
God is committed to protect and secure anyone who is submissive to Him.
Submission to God enables us to enter into the strong tower, where we are saved (Pro. 18:10).
A life that has been submitted to God and secured in Him is protected from the wolf because the Shepherd of the soul keep watching over him, hence the territory is always defended.
- Avoid conformity with the world
“… friendship with the world is enmity with God” James 4:4. Whatever you conform to gives you its pattern and identity. Conformity to the world will make you friend of the world and lure you to being loose-guarded, exploit all the goodies there and fill it with his own evils.
Jesus never conformed to the world that is why he could boldly say: “…for the prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in me” (See John 12:31). Conformity to the world makes people to blend with the culture of the world. Among the elements of culture are dressing, language and food. How this does applies here?
People of different cultural backgrounds can easily be identified by the way they dress.
It is getting very serious these days that many so called Christians cannot be distinguished from unbeliever even at the entrance of the church.
They put loose-guarded and dangerous clothing. If the worldly people are putting on half-naked clothes and very expensive rags, this must not be found with the transformation agents.
One other thing that characterizes the culture is the language spoken. If what you are still filling your mouth with is worldly slangs, curses and different abuses, your mouth need serious transformation. Therefore “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth” (see Ephesians 4:29).
What kind of things are you putting into your mouth. All junks? 0.01%, 99% or 100% alcohol? The food you are taking and the drinks you are taking also reveal what you conform to. “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
Focus or norm
Our attention must not be shifted from what is above as instructed by the Word of God,”If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above” (Col 3:1).
We must not seek our glory at the expense of Christ’s. We must not join ‘leaders who have lost their passions and members who have lost their manners’ due to misplaced focus.
- Renew your mind
“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Another cogent step towards securing the heart is the responsibility to renew the mind. How do we make our heart new again and again.
Feed your Heart with Scriptures
What you feed your heart with determines its content. If the heart is filled with junks, that is who you become and if it is filled with the precious word of God, your heart becomes precious because all scripture is given by the inspiration of God, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (See 2Tim 3:16,17).
Align your thought with God’s
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither my ways your ways” (Isaiah 55:8). For your thoughts to align with God it must have the characteristics of God’s thoughts as stated in Philippians 4:8.
The thoughts of God are good, holy, true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good reports, of virtues and of praise.
Deviation from God-controlled thoughts exposes your heart to attacks and insecurity.
Control your Eyes and Ears
The eyes and heart are the main gateways to the heart. If the gate of your house is secured, the security of your house is certain and so is the heart secured when the eyes and ears can effectively filter what goes into the heart. Job understood this principle well when he said, “I have made a covenant with mine eyes” (Job 31:1).
I feel strongly that there is a need for you to also make a very serious covenant with these security agents and give them instructions on what they allow into your heart.
Be careful of what you see and hear because it patterns your life.
Finally, watch the company you are keeping.
The company you are keeping has great influence on your heart and the decisions you make. If you walk with the wise, you will be wise but the companion of the foolish shall be destroyed.
In conclusion, I am surprised that none of the steps above are not to be taken by God or angels, rather they are all personal responsibilities and works to do.
They are decision that must be personally carried out. If a man keeps his territory, his house and treasures will be at peace and be secured. Therefore, keep and guard your heart with all diligence.
Keep growing in His purpose for your life. Shalom