TUESDAY, JUNE 8
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT2)
DAVID: GUARD YOUR HEART
After a violent storm one night, a large tree, which over the years had become a stately giant, was found lying across the pathway in a park. Nothing but a splintered stump was left. Closer examination showed that it was rotten at the core because thousands of tiny insects had eaten away at its heart. The weakness of that tree was not brought on by the sudden storm; it began the very moment the first insect nested within its bark. With the Holy Spirit’s help, let’s be very careful to guard our purity. (Rotten Within)
The psalmist echoed this sentiment when he wrote, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. The condition of our heart will affect everything else in our life. Medically, when our heart stops beating our life is over. Spiritually, when your heart gets corrupted it corrupts all of your life. That’s why the heart must be guarded physically and spiritually. We learned in the sermon that David failed to guard his heart for a season and it cost him dearly.
Think about the types of things when we need security guards. We only guard things of value. What are some of the safeguards you have to keep your heart from being seduced or deceived by things or people that aren’t good for you?
Philippians 4:8 gives us a suggestion for guarding our hearts when it says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Take some time and think of one example of each of the things listed we should think on. Praise God for those things that come to mind.