Guarding Your Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
– Proverbs 4:23

My Bible concordance defines the heart as “the vital center of one’ s being, emotions, and sensibilities”. My commentary goes on tell me that “ our heart – our feelings of love and desire – dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy”. Scripture teaches that the heart is the “dwelling place of the Holy Spirit living within me.” We are God’s temple and what comes out of our mouth reveals who resides in our heart!

As I was studying my First Place lesson, and this verse, I was reminded how important it is to guard our hearts against negative thoughts and people who are always negative. I find when I am continually around negative people I will begin to think what they are saying is true. Satan uses their negativity to pollute my mind. God has given us limitations that are for our protection. Guarding our heart against such intrusion is important if we are to serve God with our whole heart.

I love singing praise and worship songs and hymns. They can bring me into the presence of God as nothing else can. The words have so much meaning to me. God has spoken to me though the music in a worship service so many times. Scripture tells us that the glory of God filled the Temple when the singers and musicians praised God. I find that it is almost impossible to be negative or think negative thoughts while praising my Lord and God with praise songs and hymns. The psalms are full of praises. I believe this is one of the reasons God called David a man after His own heart.

PRAYER
Lord God I thank you and praise your wonderful name. Lord you have given us limitations and commandments for our protection – as a guard to our hearts, your dwelling place. Help me learn to obey Your commands and to always sing Your praises.

Journal: 
Ask God to show you people or places that undermine your work to rebuild healthy boundaries in your life. What do you need to do to keep your First Place goals? In your quiet time today ask God and listen to His voice as He gives you His instructions and His plan.

Janet Kirkhart
Loveland, Ohio