Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
We put up fences to guard our yard from outsiders and to guard others from our pets. We build large buildings with locks to protect our belongings. We put our money in safe places like a bank or a vault. Why, because all of these things are of value to us. However, how do we guard our heart?
In Proverbs, we are told to keep, or guard our heart because it is where all of life stems from. How do we do that? The verses that follow this one in chapter 4 of Proverbs help us with this idea.
Verse 24 says to put away a “forward mouth,” and “perverse lips.” To be froward is to be crooked or departing from what is right. Do you want to guard your heart? Keep your conversations and your mind on what is right. Do not get sidetracked into thinking about things that are sinful and wicked. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” God wants our minds focused on what is right so our mouth will say what is right. Be careful not to be mean to others as we may hurt them deeply with our words.
Verses 25-26 says to keep your eyes on the path before you. Keep focused on what really matters. The eyes are a great tool which God has blessed us with. Nevertheless, Satan likes to use them to bring temptations our way. It happened to Eve. It happened to David with Bathsheba. Do not let Satan drag you off course.
Vs 27 says to keep on keeping on. Do not let the world entice you. Guarding our heart will help us in our talk and our walk with Him.
Matt. 6:33-34 tell us to seek first the kingdom of God and not to be too concerned about tomorrow because as you well know, there will be plenty to deal with tomorrow already. So, plan ahead, but do not worry about it until you get there. Keep walking the path set forth for today and let God guide you in your walk.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Genesis 6-8 / Psalm 4 / Proverbs 4 / Matthew 5-6
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Genesis 3 / Matthew 2:1-15
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