Keep Thy Heart With All Diligence

By David J. Stewart | March 2018 | Updated April 2018

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

       Every Christian believer has certain Scriptures that are more dear to them than others. I have hundreds of memorized Scriptures in my mind, that the Holy Spirit brings to remembrance regularly to help me think and live right. I recently heard Pastor Ralph “Yankee” Arnold make a great statement: “If you don't believe right, you cannot live right!” The quote came from the wonderful MP3 sermon titled, “Fit For The Master's Use: II Timothy, Part One.” Brother Arnold is absolutely correct!!! If we don't believe right, we cannot live right!

Our text verse tells us to “KEEP THY HEART” with all diligence, for out of it (the heart) are the issues of life. Bob Jones Sr. used to wisely say, “Behind every tragedy in human character is a slow process of wicked thinking!” Evangelist Phil Kidd is 100% correct when he says, “You don't just wake up one day and say, 'I'm depressed'”! (he makes this statement in the great sermon titled, “Slay It Before It Slays You!”| MP3. What an awesome sermon!!! Please listen to Brother Kidd preach! Millions of Americans today are losing their minds, because their heart is a vacuum totally lacking of God, love and truth.

One of the most important things in my daily life is listening to Bible-preaching. I'm talking about good old-fashioned, authorized King James Bible, rip-hollering, window-rattling, soul-winning, Christ-honoring, barn-stormin', shingle-pullin', Hell-fire-and-damnation, inspired Bible preaching!!! I need all the Bible-preaching I can get, AND SO DO YOU! I often listen to preaching to inspire me while I write new articles. I love King James Bible-preaching, because it feeds my soul and helps me to think right! I don't want to wait until a crisis arises in my life before I seek answers from the Holy Bible. I am going to prepare during peaceful and quiet times, so that I will be able to weather the storm when it suddenly hits! I recently heard an incredibly helpful and practical sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles called, “Where The Battle Is Really Won.” It's what we do in the quiet times between the battles that matter!!! The battle is won by the preparation during peacetime! That is why we ought to search the Scriptures at all times, acknowledging God in all our ways, so that He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-7).

I just heard another great quote from Pastor Yankee Arnold (from a sermon I'm now listening to called, “Are You Sure You Are Saved?”), “Don't be board, serve the Lord!” There is nothing as exciting as laboring for eternal riches and results. Every person that I witness to with the Gospel lays up another heavenly reward. Every person that I am able to lead to Jesus Christ with the saving-power of the Good News of Christ crucified, buried and risen is another eternal treasure (a soul redeemed from Hell) that cannot be taken away from me! Everything achieved in this temporary lifetime will be burned up one day. Life is so short in view of eternity. As Pastor Yankee Arnold rightly says, “Eternity is a long time to be wrong!”

When people deeply hurt my feelings (mostly fellow believers), and mistreat me (as they are doing at the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam) by calling me and Dr. Jack Hyles “a cult” for rightly exposing the satanic Alexandrian Bible versions, and they shun me away despite my request to be loved and helped by their church, I always choose to encourage myself in the Lord. 1st Samuel 30:6, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” I love everybody!!!

I know how the Lord felt, being despised and rejected of men, a scapegoat being led outside the gate. “Outside The Gate With Jesus” (a great MP3 sermon by Dr. Hyles). Yet, the more that fellow professed Christians reject me, the closer to my Lord I grow, for He is my only refuge. Psalms 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” The battle (as Dr. Jack Hyles rightly said) is between the fundamental crowd and the neo-evangelical crowd today. We are standing for THE TRUTH, but they are dropping the ball for God.

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

The Devil and men can rob me of everything I own. Satan can take all my earthly possessions (Matthew 6:19-20). Satan can take away my health as he did Job. He can take away my wife as he did Hosea. Satan can take away my freedom as he did the apostle Paul and John Bunyan. The Devil can slander and smear my name as he did Jesus (Matthew 27:63). The Devil can persecute me and make me discouraged (as they did Elijah); but bless God, NO ONE can defraud me of my home and family in Heaven and eternal rewards. On this subject, I just heard this beautiful sermon this week, from an old cassette in had sitting in a box for decades, by Dr. Jack Hyles titled, “The Recompence Of The Reward.”

NO ONE can take away my unspeakable joy in the Lord Jesus Christ. 1st Peter 1:8, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” I cannot express in words the UNSPEAKABLE JOY I feel every day, knowing that my name is permanently written in the Lamb's Book of Life! I am a child of the omnipotent King! I am on the winning side in Christ Jesus, my Savior and God!!! Whew, what a great feeling and joy, based upon GOD'S PROMISES in His unchanging Word!!!!!!! NO ONE can condemn me in God's eyes, because I am eternally justified by Jesus' precious redeeming blood (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:14-16).

Jesus sat down on the Father's right-hand in Heaven, because the work of redemption was done! It is finished!!! There is nothing else that needs to be done about our sins. To be saved, you simply need to accept what Christ did on the cross. Jesus put our sins on His account (a payment), and by faith God puts Christ's righteousness on our account! Amen! In order for a man to be saved, there's nothing for him to do accept believe on Christ. That is, believe that Jesus did it for you! If your salvation depends on what you have done, you are trusting upon the wrong thing!! JESUS PAID IT ALL!!!

“Every Christian should be working as hard to present the gospel, as Satan is to prevent the gospel.” ~Pastor Max D. Younce (from the sermon, 'THE TWO WITNESSES - PART 2').

Some People Will Deeply Hurt You, Love Them Anyway With God's Love

A few years ago I ordered $600 worth of Sho-Bud parts for my pedal steel guitar. At his request I paid him in full in advance. After waiting for one year, and listening to his many lame excuses why he never sent the parts, I simply insisted that he give me an expected completion date, or return my money. I told him it could be 6 months out. I just wanted his word as a man, that by whatever date he chose to give me, I would have my parts. The man blew up in anger, cursed me with foul language, and refused to cooperate. He refused to return my money. He refused to give me a time frame. So I wrote him a letter and told him that I was going to put an end to the ordeal, because I fear God. So I told him to just keep the money, because it wasn't worth fighting over to me.

Of course, he kept the money and I never heard from him again. Ephesians 4:28, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” I gave him the money so that I could resolve the matter, and release the man into God's hands for judgment. That doesn't mean that is was right for him to keep the money, it simply means that I released him of his obligation to do the right thing. If you work for me and I refuse to pay you, and you kindly tell me not to worry about it, I have no right to defraud you of your labors. The Golden Rule applies here (Matthew 7:12). What would I want someone to do if it were me? I didn't feel generous and just give a stranger $600 to keep; but rather, he defrauded me, and to settle the matter I did the right thing since he wouldn't. That is a very different situation that giving someone a gift. It wasn't a gift that I was giving him, I was heaping coals of fire upon his head for judgment day (Romans 12:19-21). My point is that I kept my heart with all diligence, as the Holy Bible teaches us to do, for the sake of our life...

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

I don't like to let things escalate. I like to patch up the small leak in the dam before it gets too big and unmanageable. One of my favorite soul-winning preachers is Dr. Bob Gray Sr., wrote a wonderful helpful article not too long ago called, “The Danger Of Little Things.” That is exactly what Solomon is saying in Proverbs  4:23.

UNJUST IN THE LEAST (MP3 by Pastor Jack Hyles, “Work on small things”... “little things”!)

DO SOMETHING LITTLE (Pastor Danny Castle; the importance of doing little things for God)

IMPORTANCE OF LITTLE THINGS (The most important job is the one that doesn't get done!)

I could mention numerous situations, where I have been mistreated, hurt and defrauded by professed Christians. I'll give you one example and how I overcame evil with good. In 2013 my websites were attacked by the Devil. I turned to the Christian Law Association (CLA) for help, because it was a legal matter. At first the CLA began to help me, exchanging several e-mails with their legal department in Ohio, but as soon as they saw my ministry website, they totally abandoned me without explanation. Despite my kind requests for information, they gave me the silent treatment (which is a form of abuse). I was deeply hurt by the CLA. They refused to communicate with me anymore, without explanation. So I sent them a donation for $1,000, to express a true Christian spirit. I was being better than them, not like them. I was showing God's love in return for their worldliness. One of the best sermons I've ever heard is by Dr. David Gibbs Jr., called, “Second Mile Christianity.” Sadly, there are some horrible people working at the CLA, who wouldn't even go the first mile with me, but I did the right thing even if they wouldn't. ...

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

The CLA totally abandoned me and gave me the silent treatment, once they saw my website. That was in 2013. I still promote and believe in their work, because I want to be better than them, not like them. That is important. The way not to become like your enemies is to always LOVE THEM no matter what, with God's love!

The world is going to Hell 90 mph, you better jump into the arms of Jesus, while you've got a chance!”
—by Pastor Danny Castle, a powerful quote from the YouTube sermon titled, THE END TIMES PASTOR!

Referring back to the fella to whom I lost $600 to (for parts that I never received), I read not too long ago that he has another man's pedal steel guitar, and has had it for one year, but hasn't honored his promise to refurbish the man's Sho-Bud guitar. Naturally the man is upset, as I was. It is tragic that some people are lying thieves and continue hurting others. I showed mercy on the dishonest man, and yet he continues to cheat others! I tell you from the Word of God, whoever is reading this, judgment day is coming for all men! Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” I would 10,000 times rather, that someone defraud me, than that I would ever defraud anyone!!! By the way, I don't sit around and sulk over this stuff, I am just sharing with you some of the hurtful things people have done to me, and how I kept my heart with diligence, because out of it are the issues of our life.

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Morality Cannot Be Legislated

We are living in perilous times. I am continually shocked as I read the news. I ran across a news story not too long ago about a brilliant 19-year-old young man in Florida. He had everything going for him in life—a sharp mind, a good education, a strong body, many friends and a supportive family; but he foolishly messed around with a new deadly drug called “Flakka.” I'm telling you, I've never seen anything so crazy in all my life as Flakka! There are videos on YouTube of Flakka users running naked through airports, totally having gone insane under the influence of the drug! This young man in Florida randomly attacked and stabbed a married couple to death in their garage. When police arrived they found the young man eating the male victim's face! Folks, that young man didn't just become a casualty over night. He had previously uploaded home videos of himself high on Bath Salts! This was a process of self-abuse, stupidity and satanic influence!!! Dr. Bob Jones Sr. is right, “Behind every tragedy in human character is a slow process of wicked thinking!”

The worldly music has a lot to do with influencing young people to abuse themselves with drugs! Sometimes I wish I could outlaw lyrics that suggest hurting others. For example: Brian Hugh Warner (aka, Marilyn Manson) is notorious for selling T-shirts at his concerts which read, “KILL YOUR PARENTS!” As much as I'd like to outlaw such evil, it cannot be done. The reason why is because once legislatures start down that road of censoring free speech, then they become the standard for what is right or wrong, and then morality becomes subjective to the opinion of a few. Folks, morality CANNOT be legislated. That is why John Adams wisely said...

“We have not government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” —U.S. President John Adams

The founding fathers intended for separation of Church and State, but not separation of God and State. God is supposed to be in government. Without God, government will absolutely fail...

2nd Samuel 23:3, “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”

Our first U.S. President who had presided over the Constitutional Convention in his farewell address declared...

“Reason and experience forbid us to expect public morality in the absence of religious principal.” —U.S. President George Washington

What a statement! In other words, you cannot legislate morality. If society is so wicked that it cannot control itself, then a police state must rule over them and the U.S. Constitution is worthless. If men will not be governed by God, then they must be ruled over by other men. The law is for lawbreakers. Tyranny is for a stiff-necked and wicked people.

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Every time a crime is committed, Americans foolishly cry out for more severe punishments! They cry out for longer prison sentences, less mercy, tougher laws, meaner police, ruthless judges, and a heartless system of injustice that financially profits from incarcerating criminals, deprives them of legitimate rehabilitation, destroys their marriage, ensures they'll never be able to hold a job again, educates them from behind bars how to become master criminals, turns them into cellmate homosexuals, who will in many cases end up homeless if they ever get released from behind bars! That is a satanic system of injustice!!!

WE NEED TO PUT THE HOLY KING JAMES BIBLE BACK INTO CHILDREN'S LIVES AT SCHOOL!!! There is no other way to restore decency, morality and justice to America!!! And believe you me, the Luciferian elite who are destroying our nation know exactly what they are doing!!! Out of the ashes of America's demise will arise a dictator, the Antichrist! Dr. Jack Hyles delivered an amazing MP3 sermon ahead of his time in 1970, titled, “Why The Antichrist Must Come Soon!” It is amazing to me that Dr. Hyles, a humble Texas preacher born in 1926 into poverty, had such incredibly insight as far back as 1970, long before the internet went public. In order for the Luciferian elite to erect their New World Order (which will be the Beast system of the coming Antichrist and False Prophet), they must first create intentional chaos to ruin and conquer the old world order as we have known it for so long. Of course, Satan has already been here on earth from the very beginning of time. The Devil is very careful to convince the world that he doesn't really exist, because if a person recognizes Satan, they will logically conclude that there must also be a God.

America was “great” when she was good, and she was  good when she had great churches!!! Brother Lester Roloff (1914-1982) said that in his classic MP3 sermon called, “THE TITANIC.” Brother Roloff was so right!!! We don't have many truly great churches anymore. Pastors are changing, quitting, selling out faster than free cups of cold lemonade on a hot summer day! Psalms 12:1, “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” The only thing more shameful than a neo-evangelical pastor is a dried-up, deeper-life, deadbeat, theologian in some preacher's cemetery, whose only reward from God will be his earthly paycheck!!!

There are literally MILLIONS of laws, regulations and codes today in the United States. We are living in a prisonhouse society!!!

STUPID AMERICANS!!! What those broken people (and they ought to be properly treated as people) really need is God. You cannot FORCE people to do right! If people only do what is right for fear of getting caught, then it is just a matter of time until they think they won't get caught! My motivation for doing right at all times is that I fear God! Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Thomas Jefferson said...

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm basis — a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? And they are not to be violated but with His wrath.” —U.S. President Thomas Jefferson

Woe unto America today! Instead of serving God with reverence and godly fear as Hebrews 12:28 commands, most people today irreverence the Lord and blaspheme His holy name. 

One of my favorite Bible preachers is Dr. Yankee Arnold, who said:

“Do you know the more righteous you try to live, the ungodly people are not impressed with it, don't care for it, and totally, truly, despise you for doing it! The more right you try to do, the more you're despised for doing so! There are people who want to justify sin in the world, and you and I that live right are a rebuke to them for such!” —Pastor Ralph "Yankee" Arnold, from the MP3 sermon, "As it Was So shall It Be."

That is so true my dear reader. As Dr. Texe Marrs once said, “When you're a Christian the whole world is waiting for you to fall!” They sure are! An ungodly man, like many rock stars and Hollywood actors, can sin a hundred times and the media couldn't care less; but you just let a preacher mess up one time, and the media will condemn and ride him for the rest of his life.

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

I heard Dr. Hyles say something very truthful the other day in his awesome MP3 sermon called, “You've Got To Make Your Joy Maker.” Pastor Hyles said that the Hammond Times (a local newspaper) never reports on all the good things that regularly happen at First Baptist Church of Hammond. No, instead, Dr. Hyles said they are just waiting for one of the church's buses to get into an accident, so they can criticize and attack the church! The media are negative critics! They are evil manure-spreaders!

I read a truthful sign years ago that said: “Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?” Folks, that is very true! If we think negative and don't catch ourselves, it will escalate. The same can be said of tolerating a dirty mind, entertaining thoughts of hatred or permitting any evil thought process to evolve. That is what Proverbs 4:23 means, we've got to maintain our souls with the uplifting promises contained in God's Word. Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

How to Keep Your Heart With All Diligence

The Scriptures teach us HOW to KEEP OUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE in 2nd Corinthians 10:5-6, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” I control what my mind thinks about; therefore, I have to guard against the places I go, the type of friends I make, the things that I watch, what I hear, the influences in my life. I choose to stay close to the Lord, by staying close to the King James Bible!!! That is where I want to be! Psalms 16:11, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” I love what Billy Sunday said, “Give God Your Face And He Will Put His Shine On It!” I usually have a shine on my face, which is the presence of the precious Lord Jesus Christ's Holy Spirit in me (Romans 8:9).

Keep your children out of public schools. The most deadly influence in your child's life is other children, who come from heathen homes and are as worldly as can be, especially during the teenage years! Children, like all human beings, are extremely impressionable. I am against the insane idea that when a girl turns 18, it is time for her to get a secular job. If you do that mom and dad, your daughter will meet some bum at Burger King and be pregnant with his child within a year at her job. I don't care if your daughter is 30 years old, you keep her HOME until she gets married! For that one main reason I am for Bible colleges, as a place to find a life's mate. It is a shame that our young people cannot find a spouse in churches today, because the rest of the kids are all going off to Bible college; but if I were in a church where there were a lack of options for my daughter, I'd do whatever it took to get my daughter enrolled into a Bible college, where she would be protected on campus from creeps, and could hopefully and prayerfully find a godly man to marry.

It's a jungle out there folks! These young girls enrolling into the military today are fornicating! Women don't belong in the military with the men, they belong in the kitchens and as nurses, not on the frontlines. Femininity is a lost precious art and virtue today in America! Our U.S. military has become so sickening these days, that President Barack Obama removed a ban in 2011 against soldiers having sex with animals. Do you want your daughter in that kind of mess? Rape is commonplace in the military nowadays, go read the news for yourself. Teenagers have NO RIGHT to be trusted by their parents, that trust MUST be earned!!! Every teenager needs to be involved in a good old-fashioned Bible-believing church! Each and every one of those sermons is building your child's brain for the rest of their life! Get your kids into a Christian school, where the Devil doesn't have the opportunity to corrupt them. We're talking about the issues of life.

I'll close with something helpful that Dr. Hyles teaches, “You won't become in five years what you decide to be, you'll become what you decide to be around!” Jeremiah 5:5, “I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.” That is why I encourage others to listen to lots of fundamental Bible-preaching, and to wallow like a pig in the mud in the blessed inspired Word of God. I would hate to think that a filthy pig would enjoy wallowing in a puddle of mud, more than a born-again believer would enjoy wallowing in the eternal Word of God!!! Proverbs 13:20, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Thank you for reading this.

“Now you say, 'Brother Hyles, you make an issue.' You dead sure better know I'll make an issue!”
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(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)

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