“Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” Proverbs 4:23 The word “guard” is a Hebrew word that means to watch, protect, and maintain. It is a word that demonstrates action. If you effectively “guard, watch, protect or maintain” your heart can you imagine there is any way of achieving that goal passively? It’s doubtful. How do you guard your children? What measures would you take to protect them from danger? How would you guard a large sum of money on the streets of Detroit? (one of the most dangerous cities) I am sure you can imagine several attempts to rob you of your money. The enemy also devises ways to rob you of your heart’s contentment. This verse suggest that you should guard your heart “above all else”. However you are prepared to “guard, watch, protect, or maintain” your child from danger you should be willing to extend exceedingly more effort when it comes to guarding your heart.
What do you do when your heart feels oppressed, neglected, rejected, battered, prideful, angry, jealous, burdened, suspicious, confident, peaceful, or even…blessed? You guard your heart. You recognize the creeping emotion when your heart is troubled. It is in that initial moment you should guard your heart and recite the truth of scripture. Think of scenarios that have the ability to influence your emotions. These are the times your heart should be well guarded by the truth. Remember the armor of God? (see the Full armor post) Have you ever said something you wish you hadn’t? Or wish you had said something you didn’t? (all in truth to build someone up) From the overflow of the heart…the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). After all, the heart determines the course of life.
Strengthen us Lord to understand the empowerment of being a warrior in the army of the living God! At all times we shall guard our hearts from attacks from the evil one as well as from our own destructive thinking when we let our armor slip. May we be yielded to your Holy Spirit for guidance just as You have purposed it. We desire to be delightful! By the The Name that makes it all possible – Jesus.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – NIV
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life – NLT
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life – ESV
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts – The Message
In His grace,