Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- March 29, 2012
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart for it is where the Lord gives life. It is truly life, because it bubbles up with tremendous trust in Him. A heart on guard for God deeply desires love for Him, and obedience to His ways. There is a compelling call to follow Christ through the best and worst of circumstances. Therefore, guard your heart from disbelief, so doubt doesn’t become despair.
Guard your heart from un-forgiveness, so anger doesn’t become bitterness. Guard your heart from pornography, so lust doesn’t become lasciviousness. Guard your heart from worry, so fear doesn’t become frantic. Lastly, guard your heart from pride, so your attitude doesn’t become arrogant. A guarded heart increases the probability of good things from God. A guarded inward man makes for a good outward man.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
So, how do you guard your heart from being defiled by sin and disturbed by trouble? One simple safeguard is using wisdom in what you watch, as your eyes encamp around your affections. Secondly, be watchful about what words enter your ears. If you listen to lies over and over again, they can easily become truth in your thinking.
Thirdly, ask God to be the guardian of where you go. Environments greatly influence the outcomes of your heart. Indeed, a guarded heart is a candidate for greatness with God. Ask the Holy Spirit to hunker down in your heart, and bring bold leadership to your life, and swift conviction to your soul. Be on guard, and a wellspring of life will gush forth for God’s glory.
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
Who will I ask to hold me accountable in what I watch, so my heart is clean and pure?
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