Proverbs 4: Guard Your Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23

One of the sayings that I grew up with is that what goes into your eyes goes into your heart and out of your mouth. You can also say that what you love and what you seek becomes who you are. Whatever you feed your heart, that is what your heart will crave. Guarding our heart is not something that should be taken lightly. We have one of two options as to what goes into our heart: that which glorifies God, and that which doesn’t. The world around us bombards us with images that defy God and His commands. TV shows and movies are filled with sexual content and jokes, violence is glorified, and God’s name is defiled as nothing more than a curse word. It takes diligence to guard our heart. The things that this world would have us glorify are vile, evil, and sinful. The Bible is clear that this leads to death. The negative images and messages that fill our heads and hearts will destroy us if we do not guard ourselves.

We are not alone in this battle. If we were, there would be no chance of winning. We would lose before the fight began because in its natural state, wickedness is what the heart craves. However, those of us that are saved have the Holy Spirit to help in this battle. Our hearts are filled by the Holy Spirit. He gives us the ability to tell what is pleasing to God and allows us to choose to follow him. He empowers us for this fight. Apart from him, there is no fight. He brings our hearts to life and makes them something worth guarding.

We shouldn’t stop at just keeping the negative out of our hearts. As I said earlier, our hearts are naturally inclined toward the evil that we are guarding it from. Elsewhere in the Bible it is said that the heart is deceptive above all else (Jeremiah 17:9). It is only with the Holy Spirit living in us that “the source of life” truly can produce life.  The Spirit already fills those that are saved, however we still need to fill our hearts with that which is glorifying to God as well. We need to fill ourselves with his word and the things that are pleasing to him. What goes into our hearts can and often does define us and it becomes who we are. Out of our hearts we are shown to either be of the world or of Christ. We need to guard our heart and fill it with things that are pleasing to God.

Father God, you are the defender of our hearts and the One who brings us to life. I pray that you will help us guard our hearts. Let what we watch and listen to be pleasing to you. Fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit so that there is no room for that which is defiling and leads to death. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– KC Ellson

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