Good day People of GOD 🙂
Today we will be looking at Proverbs 4: 23 where the Wise Man counsels us to guard our hearts because everything, as in everything, we do flows from it.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (NIV).
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (KJV).
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life (AMP).
Above all else, you should guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
GOD is saying: guard your heart from fleshly desires, from the devil, from the world, from the darts of the enemy. Why? Before you do anything, you first have to think about it, and only then do you formulate the plan to do it. The mind is the source of all actions- good or evil. Your actions are an expression of the workings of you mind. This is why the wise man says that as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23: 7). Jeremiah also laments saying in relation to wicked people:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17: 9)
Your mind is so powerful that you have to imagine great things in order to achieve them. Great things also start from the mind. GOD acknowledges that when you imagine something in your heart, you can achieve it. Awesome GOD recognises this when HE confuses the language of the men building the Tower of Babel because (Genesis 11: 1-7):
And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do (Genesis 11: 6 KJV).
Why do you have to guard your heart from fleshly desires? Paul says:
‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12: 2 NIV).
Thus, the only way to guard your heart as the King Solomon counsels in Proverbs 4: 23, is to study and meditate on the Word of GOD. Paul echoes this when he says to Timothy,
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2: 15).
If you do not study GOD’s Word to renew your mind, and thus guard your hearts, you would not be able to prevent yourself from conforming to the patterns of the world. And you would not be able to test what GOD’s Will is. We live in a world of moral decadence and debauchery. Unfortunately, many so-called Christians are falling prey to the works of the flesh and thereby soil the Name of our LORD JESUS and the Church. I was preaching to someone the other day, and counselling him against doing certain things. Then, he was telling me of so-called Christians who do bad things too. So, the question was: am I just a moralist or is it the Word of GOD I was preaching to him?
This is why this Scripture that counsels us to guard our hearts is very important in this age of moral decadence. Nobody is perfect, for sure. However, you would not be able to know what is good, acceptable and perfect in the Eyes of Awesome JEHOVAH, if you don’t study HIS Word. And you cannot guard you heart unless you know what to guard it against! Of course, to live a righteous life according to GOD’s Standards, you have to know what GOD’s Will is.
Why do you have to guard your heart from the devil? JESUS says in John 10: 10, that the devil came to steal, kill and destroy. The devil only has access to your heart if you let him in. In other words, if you do something that would invite the devil in, he will come in and he will bite you. This is why King Solomon says:
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him (Ecclesiates 10:8).
To break an hedge in this context is to do something that’s sinful or wrong, that will break GOD’s Hedge of Protection around you. The devil speaks of this Hedge of Protection when he tells GOD that the reason why Job is holy is because he has this Hedge of Protection around him:
Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land (Job 1: 10 NIV).
So, when you go into devil’s arena by doing what he will do, and committing sin, he will definitely attack you. Why? Because you have given him the chance to attack you.
Awesome JESUS has conquered the devil (Ephesians 1: 19-21), and the devil is powerless in relation to you unless you give him the power to attack you. JESUS also has the keys to death and hell (Revelations 1: 18). Yet, you must be spiritually sensitive and watch carefully (Matthew 26: 41). Why? So that you do not fall into temptation. The end is near. The devil knows it and he wants to destroy as many people as possible. The devil has truly come to kill, steal and destroy (John 10: 10). Yes, it is the truth. We are truly in the End Time. Paul shows us why we should guard our hearts in 2 Timothy 3: 1-5, where he speaks of the End Time:
1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Timothy 3: 1-5 KJV).
Finally, 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 shows exactly why it is important to guard you heart so that you are part of the people Paul mentions in this Scripture. When I was growing up, I used to look at this list and tell myself that if I am more obedient to my parents, I would not be part of those mentioned on the list. The Bible says, ‘If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ (Psalm 11: 3 KJV). The foundation being referred to is the foundation of your life; the foundation of your destiny. What destroys the foundation of life and destiny? Sin/wickedness. This is emphasized in verse 2:
2For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
Prayer: Thank YOU LORD for the study of YOUR Word. HOLY SPIRIT, empower me to guard against fleshly desires and the ‘vultures’ that prey upon the heart. Amen.
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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