GUARD YOUR HEART The condition of your heart is critical in your walk with the Lord.
What exactly does that mean…Your walk with the Lord? I love that… “Your walk with the Lord.” See we get to decide with whom we walk, the world or with God. Oh, the world is a wonderful place for sure. I know right away some of your antennas went up because this world is also a horrible mess, full of sin, hate, and pain. But we can’t forget that our God made this world and there is still so much awesome wonder here.
However, we cannot deny that this place can get the best of us sometimes. The thing is we do not need to be prey to this world. We can actively put ourselves in a position of power and strength over the darkness of this world. AND I WANT THAT FOR YOU AND ME. We get to choose. We have free will and I choose God. Do you choose God… to live IN and OF God?
Well, if you are reading this and looking to other faith-infused input… I say, “Yes, you do :-)…You choose God too!”
The tricky thing is, it is hard to choose God while living here among all this freedom, plenty, and temptation. So let’s do what God teaches us. Jesus lived here and he knows how hard it is to live here. He made sure we had a helper to live out our days here and God put loads of instruction in the written Word to help us stay close to HIM, to choose HIM, to walk with HIM.
Let’s look at some verses that help us guard our heart and keep us close to God.
ALSO, pay attention to how the Holy Spirit moves in you as you read these verses. This is what the living Word means. Some verses will tug at you. Some may just sit right with your soul. Others may lay flat and that is okay for today. Consider the verses that stir you with a spirit of improvement. Maybe one will open your eyes to new insights, that you are now ready to tackle.
Remember, Satan is here with one goal…To pull you away from God. Today we are stepping into a deep place of intention. Today we will own the responsibility of guarding our heart and walking closely with God.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways, Proverbs 23:26
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1
Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; Psalm 26:2
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
…for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened. Mark 6:52
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Psalm 24:4
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
I hope one of two of these verses stirred in you a deeper spirit for guarding your heart. Some of them did for me as well. The words… ‘Give me your heart’ highlighted in red jumped out to me. I was enjoying my morning coffee and reading the Word when a song playing quietly in the background seemed to get louder. I know instead, it was my attention that zeroed in on this song. Why? I took it as a nudge from the Spirit to share this stirring with you.