The Guarded Heart
"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." ~Proverbs 4: 23
It seems like everywhere we turn these days, we are hearing more and more about how important it is to take care of ourselves physically. We are told that we should do so many minutes of cardio exercise each week so that our hearts can stay in good condition. We all know that if something goes wrong with the heart, then we are in big trouble. The same is true for our spiritual lives. The Scripture tells us that our heart determines the course of our lives. It's not surprising then to see so many people in our society today who are drastically, "off course." What are some things we can do to guard our hearts? 1. Recognize your heart is important to God. If we think about it, the only things we guard in life are the things we deem most valuable. We have guards in banks and in schools. Why? Because banks and schools hold our most treasured valuables, our money and our children. God sees your heart as a treasure to be guarded. The heart you have is a gift directly from him. Be mindful of what you do with it. 2. Regard your heart as a possession of God. As believers, we are not our own. We belong to God and our desires are to be centered around his plan for our lives. We must consciously set aside time to pray, read Scripture, and sing hymns. When we are staying close to God, our hearts will be safe. 3. Relinquish your heart to be used by God. The Bible clearly states that without Christ, we can do nothing. This means we must dedicate our hearts and lives to the Lord if want to make a positive difference in this world. You may think you have no special gifts to offer. But God has given you a heart that is uniquely yours. No one else is just like you. Give your heart to him and let him do a wonderful thing with it.
Remember that your heart determines the course of your life. If you are off track, take time to examine yourself. Guard your heart and your steps will be sure.