25. January 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU GUARDING YOUR HEART? · Categories: Change, Choices, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Mind, Thoughts

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and ABOVE ALL THAT YOU GUARD, for out of it flow THE SPRINGS OF LIFE (Proverbs 4:23 AMPC).

Beloved, we are known to guard things precious to us…our possessions etc. but the Bible advises that ABOVE ALL THAT YOU GUARD, you must put a fence around your heart, keeping a watch on what goes in and out. Just as a source of water can go bad when polluted, one’s life can become corrupted if the heart isn’t guarded and we know that physically, an unhealthy heart makes for a poor quality of life.

Our heart is the centre of our emotions, feelings, thinking, reasoning and desires. It’s a place where life-changing decisions are made. Some people harden their heart because they’ve been hurt in the past and hence have stored up all the hurt, bitterness, unforgiveness… and trust me, you don’t want to be around such people because all that comes from that heart is hurt, bitterness, unforgiveness and they end up living a bitter life because that’s what they end up attracting.

Be careful what you store up in your heart. Jesus said… A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart… (Luke 6:45).

Now, here are some practical steps to take to guard my heart…

1) You’ve got to keep a check on your thoughts. Personally, I know what to think to immediately bring me to tears and make me so miserable for the rest of the day but I always have to immediately shake my head and say not today. You can’t imagine how many times I’ve had to say… SATAN GET LOST when he’s trying to fill my mind with all sorts of negative thoughts. Some people don’t think you can control your thoughts but you can.

2) You have to be good at making excuses for people so that people’s action doesn’t affect your emotions. You have to take time to study and understand where people are coming from. Our values, culture, background and experience all contribute to how we think and act. This helps in understanding why people are the way they are so why would you allow somebody’s experience shape yours?

3) Be careful about what you read. Beloved, I’m so quick to delete an email or text message immediately I sense that there’s something in it that would hit me the wrong way. This also means hiding some of my friends Facebook updates from my timeline immediately I sense anything that could arouse any negative thoughts or feelings.

Well, I’m just guarding my heart.

Beloved, what are some of the practical steps you can take to guard your heart? The Message Translation says… that’s where life starts… NLT says… for it determines the course of your life… KJV says… for out of it are the issues of life. Why not ask God to show you and as you do so I pray that you receive the grace to take the steps needed for a healthy spiritual heart. Meditate on Philippians 4:8

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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