Guard your heart with all diligence

Why it is important to guard your heart

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Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23.

The Bible tells us to guard our hearts. Our Creator knows us and He gave us this instruction with full knowledge of the condition of human heart. This requires us to be sober because the world is full of chaos. Guarding our hearts is very important because it affects the trajectory of our lives.

The human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. No one can understand how deceitful it is. Jeremiah 17:9.

One wrong turn can lead to a ripple effect that can end in destruction.

The enemy feeds our minds with all sorts of lies; that we have sinned too much and cannot be forgiven, and that we cannot make it. His aim is to throw us into confusion and for us to start doubting the Word of God.

When we listen to the voices of other people, we will realize that everybody has an opinion about every subject, and the opinions are as diverse as there are people. Some people will lie to your face and later deny everything. That is why we need wisdom. Wisdom comes from God and it helps us discern through the power of the Holy Spirit.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5.

God is very generous and with time we realize that we do not receive because we do not ask. He tells us to ask and we will receive, in accordance to God’s will. That is God’s promise.

In the world today people lie their way into anything and everything. If we do not stop first and seek God, we will find ourselves immersed in a deep hole and cycle of deceit. The enemy knows the mind too well. That is why he presents to us ‘near truths’; everything is so close to the truth and many people end up falling. However, if we stop to listen to the Holy Spirit, we will hear Him minister to us and guide us into all truth. He speaks to us, we only need to stop and listen. However, in this busy world most people do not put that important time aside. We go with the crowd, and the enemy takes advantage of that; he comes in full swing.

If we know the attributes of God, then there is no mistaking His voice in the midst of the diverse voices. God is everything good. He is love, peace, joy, gentleness, kindness. God does not force Himself on us, just like a gentleman. He does not cause regret. God is pure. With and in Him is perfect peace.

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17.

In God there is no confusion. If something does not feel right or peaceful, most of the time it is not the right thing. Stop. Seek God.

When we accept Christ, He gives us a new heart and spirit. He transforms our way of thinking. By following God’s Word, we align our will with His will. God’s will becomes our will.

And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we asked of Him. 1 John 5:4.

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Guard your heart with all diligence

We guard our hearts against the lies of the enemy and feed our mind with the truth of God’s Word. Where there was confusion we gain clarity. One of the signs that something is from God is complete peace, something that is in accordance to His Word.

Your precepts give me discernment. Therefore i hate all deceitful actions. Your Word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illuminate my path. I have vowed and solemnly sworn to keep your just regulations. Psalms 119:104-106.

God’s Word is Truth. It never fails. When tested and tried through fire it remains standing.

When we are aligned with God, we gain access to heavenly treasures. God wills to direct us, but He does not force Himself on us. He wants us to be willing and open to Him. God does not pressurize us. He is gentle, ever present.

The Lord is my shepherd; i have all that i need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along the right paths bringing honor to His name. Even when i walk through the darkest valley, i will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Psalm 23:1-4.

God wants to help us in every circumstance.

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke up upon you and learn from Me; for I Am gentle and humble in the heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29.

God’s way appears narrow and restrictive, but it is the only way to complete freedom. The enemy usually opens a wide and easy path, but the prize to pay is destruction of our souls if we follow him.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only few find it. Matthew 7:13.

God is good, He is love, He is peace, He is light. May we rest in these truths.

Blessings.

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