Book: Proverbs 4
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
What are the things that you guard and do not guard? Those things that are valuable and important are watched over closely and those things that do not have any value are not protected. There are so many influences in the world today that want to get into your heart.
Your heart is worth protecting as what is in your heart will dictate your words and actions. Luke 6:45 puts it this way, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Therefore, make sure good things, God’s Word, is going into your heart. He wants to watch over your heart with His Word but you have to allow it in.
A few years ago a tree started to grow in our yard, one that I did not plant. I watched it over the years and tried to identify what kind it was. Last year it finally produced small fruit, plums. I now know it is a plum tree. Matthew 7:21 says, “Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” Your actions and words speak clearly about your heart, their source.
Philippians 4:4-9 gives some understanding how to guard your heart. Prayerfully read it through and consider how it may help you guard your heart.
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
Here is a great song to listen to called “Guard Your Heart” by Steve Green (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx65zb8AQpo)