Guarding Our Heart
by: Amanda Beth
Guarding Our Heart
Our heart is the most important because it does lead us in the direction we take in life. The Bible tells us wherever our treasure is, there our heart will also be (Luke 12:34). We will follow our heart wherever it leads us, so it’s important we guard it so we don’t follow it down the wrong path.
When we accept Christ, God gives us a new heart, a heart that is one with His, a heart that desires what He desires. Ezekiel 36:26 in the GOD'S WORD Translation says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your stubborn hearts and give you obedient hearts.” If we don't continually guard our new heart, we can easily contaminate it and bring it back to its old stubborn, hardened, disobedient state.
Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your Truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
- Psalm 86:11
A person who has a divided heart still chooses to live by what the flesh desires, following the pattern of the old disobedient heart. A person who has an undivided heart chooses to live by what the Spirit desires, following the pattern of the new heart with reverence and obedience to God.
An undivided heart doesn't mean a perfect walk with God, as we see from the life of King David. God said David was a man after His own heart and he would do everything God wanted him to do (Acts 13:22). Yet, he committed adultery with Bathsheba, had her husband killed, and did other things that were against God's commands.
The reason David’s heart was right was because he acknowledged what he did was wrong and repented. His heart was pure because he believed God and honored His Law as Truth. He didn't manipulate the Truth to fit his needs. He changed his behavior to fit the Truth. He couldn’t be a man after God’s heart if He didn’t believe God. Unbelief is the most important thing we need to guard our heart against.
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion."
- Hebrews 3:12-15
We won't be able to guard our heart from the deception of sin if we don't believe that ALL God's Word is true. We won't ever obey Him if we don't believe Him. Believing the Truth, and then being obedient to the Truth, guards and purifies our heart.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart
-1 Peter 1:22
I was talking to a woman recently and she made a good point about Christianity. She felt people complicate it. She expressed we have to look at it as through a child's eyes and just believe it. If God says it, we need to believe it no matter what.
There isn't enough fear of God and respect for His commands today. My stance on God's Word as the whole Truth has never changed since I turned to Christ 10 years ago. I believe this is the reason my heart has kept from hardening through the years.
When I read something in the Bible, I accept it into my heart as Truth. If it's a command, I strive to obey it. If it's a promise, I strive to take hold of that promise and confess it as mine. This doesn't mean I never struggle with unbelief or sin, and walk in perfect faith. It means I always know in my heart that God's Words are true, and I strive to take hold of them and live my life by them.
Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” We can't hide God's Word in our heart without first accepting it. And we can't accept it if we don't believe it. There are so many amazing things God has for us, but we can fail to receive them by walking in unbelief.
In Luke 8:12-15, Jesus explained the parable of the sower and the seed. He shared the different ways we can choke, through unbelief, the seed sown in us and prevent it from producing a harvest in our lives.
The more I accept God's promises and commands in my heart, the more I see His Word manifest in my life. My thoughts are, if God has given me something, I'm taking it. If God has given us everything we need in His Word, we need to take hold of it by guarding our heart from unbelief.
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked. "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes so he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
- 2 Kings 6:15-17
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
- Psalm 119:18
She’s been married for 14 years and experienced a transformation in her life and marriage since she surrendered her heart to Christ ten years ago. Every Monday, on her website, she shares the reasons and benefits behind the Truths in God's Word.
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