Thursday, June 7, 2012

Guard your heart

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. {Proverbs 4:20-23}

Our hearts are very impressionable things, but we have a choice as to what we take on board and what we don't. In the scripture you hear a father say "Listen to my words, let them penetrate your heart, they bring life". Let them. In other words, don't block out the wisdom and the love that I have to give to you, let it in and penetrate it deeply. We have the choice to open our hearts. But we also have the choice to close it off.

The Scriptures then go on to say "Guard your heart, above all else.." It's important that we are careful with it. Why?

Well let's look at it. What are the guards at Buckingham Palace protecting? A Queen, a Duke, whoever may be visiting that day, jewels, antiques and other precious items. Their job is to guard it and keep it safe from harm. How many guards do you see standing around the wheelie bin in the local park? How many guards do you see standing around a compost heap in the backyard? None? Why is that? How is it that a priceless work of art can be guarded but not my rotting compost? That decision is made based on value.

Your heart, which is who you are and the epicentre of your being is valuable. Extremely valuable! It's how God speaks to you, it's where you feel the love for your family and friends, it's where you feel compassion and empathy. It's where your dreams begin and where your passions reside. It is a beautiful and precious thing. And it's is a top priority to protect it and keep it safe from words and deeds that could potentially destroy it.


Why? Why can't it take a battering and all will be ok? Because it is determines the course of your life. Or "For everything you do flows from it" {NIV}. This is a lifegiving source!! It needs to remain pure and intact for it to produce unpolluted life. Our words and deeds are and outpouring of our hearts. But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you. {Matthew 15:18-20}

We are under attack all the time. Satan is at us all the time, using all kinds of weapons to attack and destroy our hearts. If he succeeds in destroying our hearts, he destroys our entire lives. The thing is to discover his tactics and protect ourselves from his attacks.  "For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. {Ephesians 6:12} We have the choice to allow entry to his blows or to shield our hearts. We have a choice whether we allow bitterness to eat away at us. We can choose to obsess over past wrongs or just do our level best to forgive. We can choose to allow pornography to warp our sexuality and our relationships with our spouses or not. We always have a choice what we allow into our hearts. Sometimes we can slip and Satan's artillery can get into our hearts. But God is saying to us, like the Father in Proverbs, "Let MY words in, let ME give you life, let me heal your heart,"

Today if your heart is leading your life in a way that you know that it isn't what God intends, I pray that you are encouraged today by this blog post. I pray that you get a fresh realisation of how precious your heart is and how God wants to speak into it life and healing. If you are allowing things into your heart that are not the things of God and are causing death and destruction, then I encourage you to raise that shield! See the value in your heart and make it a priority today.


Father, thank you for your Word. Thank you for a fresh understanding of words I have read before but never really seen your will and purpose in them. Thank you for revealing yourself to me in this new way. Thank you for showing me that you are an amazing Dad who wants the very best for your kids. Help me to recognise Satan's attacks on my heart and remind me to protect it. I want my heart and life to be pure and sweet, like water from a spring. I don't want it to be toxic or poisonous in any way. I want my life to be an encouragement and blessing to others. Amen

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