What we put into our heart, comes out. It’s the production centre of our lives, which is why guarding your heart is so important.
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV says:
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
Another version (TPT), says it this way:
So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.
You are the doorkeeper of your heart and in charge of what you allow to penetrate it. No one else is responsible for that. In fact, it’s important that you give careful and persistent attention to all that’s going on in your heart.
If out of our heart flow the issues of life, it can mean that we’re potentially allowing good things to flow into it, or evil things. What we feed our hearts will come out.
Luke 6:45 NKJV says,
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Why Do We Need To Guard Our Hearts?
There’s so much that goes on in life.
We’re bombarded by social media suggesting how we should look, what we should be, and that we’re not good enough or have enough in some capacity. Or there’s challenges we’re facing or could face in our health, finances, marriage, or relationships.
The enemy wants to attack every part of our being, bringing about fear, stress, worry and anxiety. The enemy’s goal is to steal, kill and destroy. The purpose of this is so that we question who God really is and begin to doubt who He is to us personally.
This world also offers many things, including peace, but it can never satisfy us. It brings a temporary feeling of safety and security wrapping all the things we think we want in a beautiful, enticing package. And when we give into the tactics of this world and the lies of the enemy, our hearts can become distant toward God.
So then, with all that we face, this is why guarding our hearts is so important.
How Do We Guard Our Hearts?
To guard our hearts, we all need discernment on what to allow or not allow into our lives. Not all good things are right things for us so you’ll need to be mindful of what you fill yourself with.
Spending time in the Word of God studying it out, journaling, praying and seeking the heart of God is the most important thing you can do. Knowing what God says, having Him reveal a personal word to you is what secures and steadies your heart.
Joshua 1:8 NKJV says,
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
30-Day Guard Your Heart Scripture Challenge Printable
Reminding ourselves of what God says about our hearts helps us to see that protecting it is crucial.
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Don’t let anything have your heart — you’re too precious to allow just anything to fill it. You need to know why guarding your heart is so important and what to fill it with.
Anchored in Christ,