Guard Your Heart

by Vanetta Stephens on June 2, 2015

in Change Your Life, Change Your Mind, Discipleship, Meditate, Uncategorized

Guard Your Heart

Guard Your Heart

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” ~Prov. 4:23, NKJ

Young’s Literal Translation says it this way:  “Above every charge keep thy heart, For out of it are the outgoings of life.”

Everyday, you are bombarded with information from so many sources.  Thoughts come to mind, and you can unconsciously begin turning those thoughts over, and over in your mind, and even picturing those thoughts via your imagination.  What you choose to entertain in your mind, is what will eventually get into your heart.  You can’t get into temptation, for example if you haven’t entertained the idea or already been there in your mind.

Information that enters your mind comes from what you read, or watch, or hear.  What you let yourself consider or pay attention to speaks opinions, or causes you to draw conclusions.  Even what you smell, or feel has thoughts and/or associations attached.

So, with all of the information overload, what’s a person to do?

This verse says to guard your heart.

In Proverbs 4:20-22,  it says, My son, give attention to my words;  Incline your ear to my sayings.  Do not let them depart from your eyes;  keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.

We cannot afford to give space to lies to run rampant in our brain!  I consider my brain as a “high rent district.” It’s too valuable to me to allow just any thoughts to ramble around and play in there.

In the King James version, the word “keep” is used.  According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, “keep” comes from the Hebrew word: nasar and means:  “to guard, watch, protect, keep, preserve…watchmen, besieged, hidden, keeper, keeping, monuments, observe, preserved, preserver, subtil, watchers.”
For the purpose of this article, subtil is meant to be used positively  as  “refinement, extreme accuteness.”

To Keep or Guard your heart is not passive.  It’s very proactive.  To be clear, I’m not intending for this to be “works.”  You are not guarding your heart so that you’ll be approved, accepted, loved by God, or earn anything..  You are already all of those things and more!!

Each of us came into the Kingdom of God with baggage in our soul.  Soul Transformation is like unpacking your bags while allowing God to show you what to keep, what to toss out, or what to allow Him to mend, or what to think about in regard to what you’re unpacking from His perspective.  This is just an analogy, or metaphor to help you picture this in your mind.

I picture my mind as the living room.  Just like my home has a door, so does my living room. As the “Guard” to my mental real estate, I choose what I will open the door to, and what I’ll shut out, keeping the door locked.  What I allow into my mental home is as if I invite it to sit on the sofa with me so I can spend some time listening.  This is great if it’s something that is going to be healthy for me, and in alignment with Truth.  However, if it’s not, the longer I let it sit, with me continuing to listen is  going to make it harder for me to get it out the door…. but not impossible!!

I picture my heart as my bedroom!  That is a very special, and intimate place.  What I entertain in my mental living room is what will eventually drop into my private, personal space–> My heart. What settles there will either be belief in what God says–which is what I truly want!  Or, it will drop into my heart as unbelief–which is an opposing belief to what God says.

Thoughts that I allow myself to pay attention to, and consider–value– are going to get into my heart, at some point.  It’s just a matter of time. Whatever gets into my heart, I will give birth to, eventually, and you’ll see what I truly believe showing up on the outside in my words, and actions.  It is impossible to live, very long, from your head. Eventually, you’ll default to what is in the heart–the seat of your beliefs!  It comes out when you’re not guarding yourself.

This is not meant to be condemning!!  ALL of us choose things all day, every day. Many times, we are not even aware that we’ve made a choice.  Not everything we choose is beneficial, however.

Jesus has freely given us everything!  And, as HE is, so are we!  Anywhere we are not experiencing His Life as health, as Peace, as Joy, as salvation, and so much more, is an area where we’ve bought some lies.

In Proverbs 4, it said for out of your heart flow the issues of life! In this verse, issues is from a Hebrew word, tosa ot, and means:  end, limit, starting point, goings out, outgoings, issues, borders, going forth, goings forth.  What is in your heart is what will set limits, or boundaries for your life.

Your life flows from your dominant thoughts!  If your life experiences are going contrary to what God says in any way, you have a wrong belief in your heart.

What do you do?  Well, you can’t just go pluck it out.  It has to be replaced.  A wrong belief is a “lie.” What a lie needs is exposure to the Truth.   Jesus IS Truth!  His desire is to set your soul free so it aligns with your New Life (Jesus’) in your Spirit.

How do you get the Truth into your heart?  Faith (Belief, in the heart) comes by hearing,.. (Romans 10:17). Seldom does it happen from just one time of listening, though it might seem that way. In regard to salvation, I heard someone share a statistic, a long time ago, that it takes about 18 contacts with a person before they’re ready to receive Christ.  If you’re the 18th link in the chain it could seem to you that this person instantly heard, and received.

Scripture never says to “empty your mind.”  It is not good to let your mind be empty–I’m not even sure that’s possible. I know I’ve never been able to have my mind, empty.  So, to keep negative thoughts out, or any thought that is contrary to God,  fill up your mind with God’s Word.

Meditation is something that we do all of the time whether we know to call it that or not.  You can choose what thoughts you’ll ruminate on in your mind!  In time, you’ll become quicker at recognizing a lie knocking on the proverbial door of your mind, and won’t open it.  Instead,  you’ll think on the Truth that counters that lie.  Once the Truth has settled into your heart, it will be as though you’re dead to those old lies.  They’ll have lost their grip.

Meditating on Truth is really the key to effortless transformation!  

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