I was trying to think of what the law of the day would be when I fell asleep. It came to me in a dream. I literally saw myself writing this blog. I immediately woke up, sat at my computer and began to write. I just could not help but thinking this is something God really wants to impress upon us. Our hearts!!! Our hearts are more important then I think we realize and it is our hearts that is really destroying us as well as our society. So this is the law of the guarded heart!!!
The law of the guarded heart.
The heart is called the seat of the soul. This is because wherever our hearts set we will surely follow. God speaks of our heart many times throughout the bible. God says he does not look at our actions or our outer appearance God judges the heart.
Our heart is truly the center of our being.
This is why the enemy will attack what your heart holds dear. The enemy tempts us with the desires of our heart knowing that it will destroy us. This is why we must stay close to God and align ourselves with his desires for us.
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. God says that out of the mouth comes the issues of the heart.
So what does it truly mean to guard your heart? It means to guard our eyes, ears, and hands because these are the vehicles in which we use to transmit information. Information is knowledge and knowledge changes us. It changes our hearts.
Things we see, hear, and touch have the power to make us angry, jealous, bitter and fearful.
Guard means: watch over in order to protect or control; to prevent injury or damage.
So how do we truly guard our hearts?
- Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
The first thing is to acknowledge that everything is connected. Do not try to separate your heart from your mind or your soul. God tells us to love him with all three because he knows when all three are not on the same page it creates a divide within us. It can rip our very being and in time destroy us. Many times, we try to compartmentalize things and we are taught to do this from the time we are young. No matter what is going on at home we are taught to go to school and have a productive day as if one thing does not impact the other. Well it does. Yes we all have to continue on our daily grind and keep work separate from personal lives but we should also know as humans we were not built that way. That is why is so very difficult for us. That is why we have these work place incidents with people becoming violent or having nervous breakdowns. It is because we are trying to separate our heart so that we can use our minds and our souls are being split. In the end if the soul is split we will break.
- Proverbs 17:22 ‘A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.’
Next, We have to stop going against our heart. We are to be cheerful in doing the things we do but we allow situations and people to dictate what we give of ourselves. How many of us are working jobs, living in places, dealing with people out of some kind of obligation or fear when our hearts are telling us to leave. That there is something else for us. Something that will bring joy to the heart. So many of us ignore the cries of our heart. When our heart is trying to speak to us we must give it our ear.
- Philippians 4:8 ‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.’
We have to be vigilant of what we take into our heart. God tells us to keep our mind on those things that are good yet we tend to do the opposite. We watch the news, reality T.V., gossip, etc. We listen to bad reports and wonder why our hearts are so heavy. We listen to the lies of the world instead of the truth of God. We are the ones that have total control over what we allow to enter into our being. So we are choosing to take in all the negativity that breeds fear. Fear of the economy, fear of other countries and cultures, fear of our government when God says he is in control of it all. God is good, honest, pure, lovely, and virtuous we should keep our hearts, minds, and ears tuned into him instead of the circumstances and entertainment of the world.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’
Finally, above all else we must trust in the Lord with all our heart. When we trust in him all things fall into place for us. We will have clear direction of the actions we must take so that we will not go against our heart. We will truly have cheerful and joyful hearts. Our desires we be of him and he will continually minster to us and keep our hearts on what is pure and good. We will not have fear or hesitation. This will allow us to submit our hearts unto him.
Quote: Knowledge changes us. It changes our hearts.
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