Guarding Your Heart

Guarding Your Heart

Have you ever said to someone, what you put in is what you get out? Usually we are talking about how the amount of effort we apply affects the results we receive. But it can also represent the type of seeds we plant inside our hearts and the outcome of those seeds.

The Bible says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”. (Proverbs 4:23). Controlling what we allow to enter our hearts is of vital importance. Do we sow seeds of negativity and expect to receive positive results? And if we sow positive seeds, will we not in turn receive a positive harvest? Anything we allow to enter our heart will affect it, either in a good or bad way. Giving attention to the other disciplines is necessary but above all of them we should guard our heart because it will taint everything else.

Guarding our hearts is a two-way street. When protecting anything of importance, we put a lot of though and planning into it. Much attention is often given to who or what has access to it. One way we can protect our heart is by doing our best to keep anyone or anything from causing us to sin. Every second of the day sin presents itself before us in the form of people and decisions we make. Remaining vigilant is key to being aware of these moments and attacking them the right way.

It is not much different from protecting our kids, for example. We are always conscious of who they hang out with and what they are allowing to influence their lives. We carefully monitor these influences and try to help them to stay away from the ones we know will lead them astray.

Guarding our heart is also about allowing in things that will strengthen it. Hiding God’s word in our heart is a sure way to do so. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 199:11). Being strategic is a must, as we anticipate the attacks that we know will be coming by arming ourselves with the ‘sword of the spirit’, the word of God.

Striving to keep our hearts guarded from ungodly influences is a daily process. Every day we are given a fresh opportunity to make choices that show what we want to radiate from our hearts.

About Latoya Saddler

I am passionate about inspiring others to explore their God given potential and use their gifts and talents to honor God. Blogging from the beautiful island of Jamaica. I can be found blogging at Powerful U Blog and on twitter.

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