Text: Proverbs 4:23-27
Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.
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But they did not listen to me or pay any attention to me. They followed the stubborn inclinations of their own wicked hearts. They acted worse and worse instead of better.
We must put our hearts with more diligence than we keep anything else. We must maintain a holy jealousy heart because it is under attack.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Remember: The heart is our responsibility. All the actions of life flow from the heart.
When we guard the heart, we must:
1. Control our mouth.
Remove perverse speech from your mouth; keep devious talk far from your lips.
The heart determines the words we say. The heart is our glossary of words. Free the mouth from perversity. Let not our tongue be corrupted. As Christians, we must not compromise with worldly and green jokes.
Out of a heart well-kept will flow living issues, good products for the glory of God and the edification of others.
Then make sure you don’t speak evil words or use deceptive speech!
Evaluate. How are my words of speech?
We should watch our choice of words. Keep the tongue from evil and the lips from telling lies.
The good person out of the good treasury of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury produces evil, for his mouth speaks from what fills his heart.
Also, we must not plant seeds of anger on our heart. Watch our anger.
In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters.
2. Guard our eyes.
Let your eyes look directly in front of you and let your gaze look straight before you.
Look straight to God. Fix the eyes directly before God.
Evaluate. What do I watch?
Sometimes we have tendency to carry with us garbages, sins and nonsense things.
Warning: Lustful eyes
Job reminds his fellow males to make a covenant with their eyes. Job 31:1
Men: Bounce it! Look away. Crossover. Godly men don’t carry with them lustful eyes.
But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
On the other hand, women are also reminded to be pleasing in God’s eyes.
Women: Be careful not to be an object of lust.
IT’S ONE THING to lust and ANOTHER TO be an object of lust.
Boys to Girls: Please be careful with our EYES.
Aside from these, we must turn our eyes from beholding vanity.
Narcissism is fascination with oneself and excessive admiration for oneself.
Remember: There is no room for vanity on Christianity. What we want to look reveals what our heart has. Let others praise you.
Let your beauty not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes – but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.
-1 Peter 3:3-4
3. Watch our steps.
Make the path for your feet level, so that all your ways may be established. Do not turn to the right or to the left; turn yourself away from evil.
Keep the foot from evil. Follow Jesus’ steps.
Evaluate. If shoes can talk, what would they say about your faith walk?
How blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand in the pathway with sinners, or sit in the assembly of scoffers!
One of the hardest thing is to win the heart of God. Second is to keep the heart with God. Let God remake us.
How beautiful are the feet of a messenger who announces peace, a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Carry the good news with you, from your life testimony to your words and actions. Accordingly, we must put God in one scale and make him more.
How much do I value God?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Our heart is the store house, while the mouth, eyes and feet serve as gateways. We need to set up our heart.
How do we see our hearts? How badly damaged is it?
God heals the brokenhearted, and bandages their wounds.
No one can take care of the heart the way Jesus can heal, cure and renew it. Let us surrender our hearts to God. Let Him take over it.
Create in me a pure heart, O God! Renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Be careful with Your Heart
By Ptr. Jordan Escusa
October 7, 2012