Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Our thoughts are what determine our success. It is our thoughts which determine our behaviors, but more than that, it is our thoughts which determine how we feel, and our values.
Beyond the natural, it is also in the realm of our thoughts in which our faith is founded. We have faith in God’s Word. Faith in His promise to heal. And, it is in keeping the realm of our thoughts rooted and grounded in God’s Word that we are able to keep our hearts from doubting what He has told us. So important are our thoughts that they are, indeed, the realm of our salvation, as it is written, if we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Romanbs 10:9). Our thoughts are what make our lives.
green apple with the red one standing out from the crowd – over a white background with reflection
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.
Probably no topic is more fraught with ‘divisiveness’ than the subject of ‘separation’. The idea of being separate from another has with it the connotation of doing something better, or, by many people’s estimation, ‘being better’, than someone else. But, that simply is what it is.
Paul pointed this out himself, even while explaining that we should be unified. He said,
For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you.
1 Corinthians 11:19
Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way.
Luke 10:4 NASB
When Jesus sent out his disciples here in Luke chapter 10, He gave these instructions, that they should not greet anyone on the way. Various explanations are proposed for the reason why He gave such specific instructions, but the rationale can be found in both understanding the Scriptures, and the power of God (see Mark 12:24).
Jesus introduced this command with this statement, “Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.” (Luke 10:3 NASB).