“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.
For the past several years on this blog, we have been exploring the importance of guarding our hearts in obedience to God’s command in Proverbs 4: 23 so that we can grow in our relationship with Jesus. Guarding our hearts–aka protecting our hearts by locking out whatever would corrupt our hearts–is critical to walking closely with Christ.
In this blog post, I’d like to look at some practical ways to guard our hearts in these perilous times in which we live:
1–Focus on Jesus. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, and everything in between. What we focus on in life will grow. If we focus on Jesus, His character will grow in us.
2- Spend time daily lingering in Holy Spirit’s Presence. Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and the Spirit of Jesus. Holy Sprit’s main job is to point us to Jesus and to reveal Him to us. As you sit in Holy Spirit’s Presence, He will reveal Jesus to you. Nothing is more worth your time and your attention.
3- Speak in tongues regularly. If you are not baptized in the Holy Spirit, get baptized in the Holy Spirit. Click here to learn how.
4 – Choose carefully what you look at and what you listen to. The physical eyes and the physical ears are the gateways to the heart. We must be discriminate in what we allow to pass through our eyes and our ears into our hearts. Let us allow only what is pleasing to God and in alignment with His holiness. While we cannot always control what comes before our eyes and ears, we can avoid as best as possible those movies, TV programs, and music that is displeasing to our Lord.
5 – Obey Philippians 4 8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Throughout each day, we are presented with numerous choices regarding how we are going to think. Are we going to allow our minds to dwell on truth or on lies? On pure things or impure? On faith or fear? By choosing those thoughts that align with God’s thoughts (as found in Philippians 4: 8), we will be aligning our thoughts with God’s thoughts and, in so doing, we will be guarding our hearts.
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