There’s always a lot of talk about heart; an athlete who does something great is said to have a lot of heart, someone who does something cruel is said to be heartless, and the Grinch was said to have a heart that was too small. I like to think your heart is a reflection of who you are. The things you do in your life and the things you are passionate about really show what God has placed on your heart. Sometimes we may not even be aware of what is on our heart, but others around you may see by what your actions are…whether for the good or bad. Lets see what God has to say about our heart.
Proverbs 4:23 says guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.
The phrase “above all else” really stands out to me. Obviously God is very concerned with the condition of our hearts. He knows that what is on our heart will direct our path. We tend to protect our homes with locks, alarm systems, guns, etc. we tend to protect our physical selves with seat belts, helmets, medications, sunscreen, homes, etc. God says our heart should be protected above all else.
How do you guard your heart? First I think it needs protection. Put up a shield around it. Block out the people who will coerce you into doing wrong, avoid places that will tempt you to do wrong, set up guardrails in your life so your heart isn’t swayed. We are merely human, we will fail if we leave our hearts unprotected. for help with setting up guardrails in your life scroll thru to find the guardrails series.
Second, we need a strong offense. The more we can fight away evil from our hearts, the farther away it will be. We need to be praying for Gods protection of our hearts and reading Gods word for direction and instruction. Read Ephesians 6:10-17.
Once your heart is protected, you need to start growing the areas God has placed on your heart.
Proverbs 16:9 says A mans heart plans his way, but The Lord determines his steps.
We can plan to head in the direction of passion that God has placed on our hearts, God will take care of the rest. He will open doors for you, provide funding for needs, provide opportunities for you, bring people into your life, etc.
Protect your heart and follow it! God has amazing things planned for you!