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Guard Your Heart

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Guard Your Heart

Keep our heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 4:23 (ESV)

     I often hear wealthy people talk about guarding their money. Some people arm themselves, their homes, and their cars with multiple defenses. They are preparing to guard what is theirs. Likewise, there is a multi-billion dollar industry built around guarding our physical bodies. We try to eat the right foods, exercise, relieve stress, monitor blood pressure, etc. Yet I wonder if we are nearly as concerned with guarding our hearts.

     The Bible speaks of the heart as the deepest part of an individual. It is the feeling/choosing/loving/hating part of us. Whatever the heart embraces, the mind will find a way to justify. Therefore, it should not surprise us that Satan, the accuser, would target the heart. He shoots fiery darts in the form of thoughts into our minds. He declares his lies to be the real truth. When we neglect to deflect these darts, those lies begin to form a structure of beliefs that we embrace with our heart. For instance, the curt words of a friend are quickly interpreted by the accuser as rejection. If we don’t guard the heart, we will soon assume ill-motives with every comment, and a friendship is lost. That is how bitterness, hatred, jealousy, and envy get footholds in us.

     There is a great revealed truth that, when embraced fully in the heart, becomes a great guard. The apostle Paul discovered it when he recognized how deeply sin had penetrated the human heart. He experienced the battle between what he knew to be right and the wrong he wanted to do. “Wretched man that I am!” he cried. “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:21-24).

     The solution is Jesus Christ, of course, but how does he deliver? Don’t miss it: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

     As believers, we are in Christ. Therefore, there is nothing in us that the devil can rightly condemn. Our lives are hidden in Christ. Just as Jesus was not fearful of confronting the devil, (“He has nothing in me.”), we are confident that all his accusations, insinuations, and suggestions are lies. We are confident that what is true of Jesus’ righteousness is true of ours. We have the girdle of truth connected with the shoes of peace, the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith and breastplate of righteousness—all protecting our hearts.

     Additionally, we have the companionship of our Savior who came to heal the broken-hearted. When a wound has been sustained, we must not continue the fight until we have run to him for healing. We can’t stand our ground with a broken heart, but we don't have to: we have the healer!

     Your heart is vital! Guard it from the lies that will destroy. Fill it with the life that satisfies.

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