“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
The heart is more that just our affections, as some people think. The heart encompasses mind, emotions and will. The heart is often spoken of in God’s Word as our innermost being. You can say that our heart determines who we are.
Oswald Chambers said this about the heart…
The Bible term “heart” is best understood if we simply say “me,” it is the central citadel of a man’s personality. The heart is the altar of which the physical body is the outer court, and whatever is offered on the altar of the heart will tell ultimately through the extremities of the body.
The Bible informs us that the heart is a critical center of life which touches and impacts all we are and all we do. The NIV says it this way – “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
When it comes down to it, our heart determines who we are and what we do. That is why, over and over in scripture, God talks about how we need to protect our hearts. The Bible warns us to avoid:
- A Double Heart – Psalm 12:2
- A Hard Heart – Proverbs 28:14
- A Proud Heart – Proverbs 21:4
- An Unbelieving Heart – Hebrews 3:12
- A Cold Heart – Matthew 24:12
- An Unclean Heart – Psalm 51:10
We all know that when we go to the doctor that he is going to listen to our heart. Just by listening, the doctor is able to tell if there is something wrong or not.
Each and every day, we need to listen to our spiritual heart! We need to listen to see if what we are, and what we are doing is matching up with God and what he wants for our lives. Above all else, we must keep our heart focused on God!
One little sin, what harm can it do?
Give it free reign and soon there are two.
Then sinful deeds and habits ensue—
Guard well your thoughts, lest they control you. —DJD
My prayer is that each day we would pray Psalm 139:23 – “Search me, O God, and know my heart…”