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Do you find yourself overwhelmed, burdened down with the trials of this life? God is the answer to all your problems.

Many fail to recognize their need for God. They know they are searching for answers, but they do not know where to go because they have never considered the fact that God is the answer. How great it would be if everyone would turn to God for help.

Sometimes Christians find themselves struggling because they have let their heart get away from God. Mr. E. A. Hoffman wrote a song entitled, “Is Thy Heart Right with God?”

In this song Mr. Hoffman asked several questions concerning one’s relationship with God. Mr. Hoffman asked, “Hast thou dominion o’er self and o’er sin? A person either controls sin, or it controls them. Some would try and ride the fence, but it simply cannot be done. One must choose God or Satan.

Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other” (Matt. 6:24).

Sin comes about when one fails to control their lusts. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:14,15). Temptation is faced each day, and it is important that one works to overcome each temptation.

God’s word tells that there is a way of escape that is always there, but a person must look for it, and then take it. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor.

10:13). Paul gives an example of how everyone has to work to have dominion over sin. He had to daily work at this task. “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Cor. 9:27). There are those who seem to believe they are above sin. Paul warned against this idea, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12).

The spiritual heart needs constant guarding. Even those who are “spiritual” must guard their hearts. “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself ” (Gal. 6:1-3).

The question “How’s your heart?” needs to be considered on both fronts, physically and spiritually. God wants all to be saved; He has given His Son as the sacrifice for all, but man must obey God’s word. If one will do this they will find life easier to bear.

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