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Guard Your Heart Above All Else

Posted By Steve Downs, Executive Pastor On Wednesday, April 24, 2019

​Your heart is what really defines who you are as a person.  It controls your thoughts, feelings, desires, choices and will.  Proverbs 23:7 and 27:19 tell us that our hearts dictate who we are in this life on earth.

This is why what we expose our hearts to, what we allow into the depths of our being, is of utmost importance.  Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, emphatically emphasized this truth when he instructed his sons in Proverbs 4.  In verse 23 of that chapter Solomon wrote, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”   Solomon went on to tell his sons in the subsequent verses in Proverbs 4 that everything they were about or would do flows from the heart.  He told them to protect their mouths from perversity and keep corrupt talk from their lips.  He told them to let their eyes look straight ahead, give careful thought to the paths they would walk on and be steadfast in all of their ways.   So, what are some practical ways in which we can guard our hearts?  Here are three actions you can take to begin the process of guarding your hearts.

  1. Cultivate a spirit of submissive obedience to God’s Word.  If you pervert, ignore or reject the truths in God’s word, you will not experience the free flow of God’s peace and blessings.  You must guard against a rebellious spirit by saturating your mind and seeking to obey the truths in God’s Word.
  2. Develop and nurture a spirit of gratitude and trust because of the love and grace God has extended to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.  By having a thankful and grateful heart for all that God has done for us through Jesus and trusting that He will provide what is needed in His good time, we will guard against a complaining and grumbling spirit.
  3. The third step in guarding your heart is to let your minds dwell on what is right, pure, noble, admirable and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).  Follow the instructions given in Ephesians 4:31-32 by getting rid of sinful ways and replacing them with a heart of compassion, kindness, forgiveness and the love of Christ.  If we will dwell on these positive attributes of Christ, we will guard against letting anger, temptation and pride seep into our lives.

Our hearts (feelings, thoughts, desires) dictate who we are as a person.  The Bible tells us above all else to guard our hearts.  If we will put these three action steps into practice, our hearts will be shielded and protected from the evil, corruptness and sinfulness of this world and God will continue the process of forming, transforming  and conforming us into the image of Christ.  

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