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Guard Your Heart

“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good,
and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil,
for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45


“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

“Follow your heart.” Such flowery words for something so selfish, as it usually connotes doing whatever you feel is best for you. We know, from the above verse, that this is not true, in fact it says your “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” We can agree that there are times when you feel like doing something that you know is wrong. It could be a wrong affection, desire, or impulse. Then there are other times when we have convinced ourselves that something is right. It feels right. We think it should be right. But, it goes against what the Bible has to say. This is where conflict occurs, when your feelings, or thinking and reasoning, doesn’t match what the Word of God has to say. Sometimes we take heed of God’s precious words, and other times we do not and pay the price.

What is the answer? Jesus

If you have Jesus, then you have the power to overcome and avoid the temptation of living only by your feelings or your wrong thinking. (1 Corinthians 10:13).

When we pass from death to life, through Jesus, he gives us a new heart. A heart that’s affections are turned towards Christ.

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

What does this mean? It means that the affections of our heart change from what they previously were. You are no longer enslaved by the desire of your flesh (your feelings), or the wrong thinking of your mind.  Even so, we are admonished to keep guard over our hearts and minds.  So what does keeping guard look like?

  • Be attentive“Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father…he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth…” Proverbs 4:1-5
  • Observe God’s ways“My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.” Proverbs 23:26
  • Ask“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
  • Seek“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
  • Trust “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Pray and be thankful“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
  • Rest “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

Remember, Christ is the one who gave us a new heart and he will help us in keeping guard over it, we need only turn to him. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6).

Why is this so important?

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

It’s important because everything we do flows from our heart.

 

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