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Guard Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Growing up, a lot of my free time was spent playing ice and roller hockey. With high sticks and pucks flying, I learned quickly that wearing protective pads was important but having a mouthguard to protect my teeth was priceless. I wasn’t looking to become some toothless hockey player stereotype, so I appreciated taking those precautions.

I’d like to encourage you to take the spiritual precautions you need during this difficult time. Many of us are more idle or busier than usual and there are more opportunities for moral failures. The English writer Charles Reade once said, “Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny”. The Bible describes this driving force which determines your actions as …  your Heart. God describes the heart as the center of being, the wellspring of life, and that which molds us. Another way of saying it is your thought life.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

I have good news. In Christ, you do not have to be a victim to your emotions and thoughts. God has instructed us to take every thought and action captive to be more like Christ in victory. Thoughts are more like suggestions that you can affirm or reject based on what the truth of God’s Word says.

Look at Proverbs 4:23-26 to find ways you can guard your heart:

1. Guard Your Speech
Jesus said that whatever is your heart will eventually come out of the mouth. The tongue can be an instrument of life or death.

2. Guard Your Sight
Jesus wants you to refocus your eyes on the purity and beauty of the Lord.

3. Guard Your Steps
Jesus wants you to watch and consider your steps, which brings you in step with Him.

Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“ I pray for the peace of God to be with you, helping you to guard your speech, sight, and steps. May you turn your heart toward him and hide His Word in your heart.”

Pastor Josh Ryan

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