It is crucial that you know how to guard your heart because everything you do flows from it. The first place the enemy will target is your heart, so guard your heart.
The Lord has been telling me recently that if I want to continue burning for Him, I need to steward that by guarding my heart.
To guard something means to be vigilant. We must be watchful of what we allow in our hearts by guarding what we see, hear, speak, and do. If I were to ask you to guard a baby, you would look around the room and make sure the perimeter is safe. When guarding our hearts, we too must ensure that our surroundings are pure and wholesome.
We have the duty to guard and keep our hearts burning for Jesus. How do we keep our hearts burning for Jesus? By spending time with Jesus and opening our hearts to be kindled by His revelation and love.
Psalm 18:28 says, “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness to light.” Only God can burn our hearts for Jesus. We must allow God to kindle our hearts by spending time with Him every day and allowing Him to speak to us. God reminds us in Luke 10:39-42 that there is only one thing necessary, and that is sitting at his feet and listening to Him.
The priests in the book of Leviticus had the duty to keep the fire on the altar burning continuously. Leviticus 6:13 says, “The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.” The priests had to tend to the altar continuously for it to burn continuously.
Just as the priests had to tend to the fire in the altar continuously, we too are called to tend to our hearts continuously so that it will burn continuously for Jesus. A one-time revelation of Jesus isn’t enough. We need a daily revelation of Jesus to keep our hearts burning in love for Him. He is our daily bread.
Let’s also not forget the important role that the Holy Spirit plays in regards to revealing revelation and bringing the word of God to life. Give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to speak into your life and check your heart every day. Everything we do flows from our heart, so if we want to make sure we are doing things with a pure heart, it all starts with guarding and checking our hearts.
Are you making time daily to allow Jesus to tend to your heart?
We will be presented with many options throughout life, but let us choose to hold on to God’s way always.
The Word of God is life. We will always walk in the way of life as we hold on to God’s Word because everything we do flows from our hearts. When our heart’s affection is toward Jesus, we will always gravitate towards obeying God’s Word.
Pray and ask God to give you a heart devoted only to Him. If there is any love for the world, love for God can’t exist. 1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”
While God’s ways may not always be what our flesh desires, we must understand that His ways are always best. Jesus leads us to everlasting life; while sin always leads to death (Romans 6:23). Hold on to God’s Word like it’s the only thing that will let you live because His Word is truly the only way to everlasting life. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, which makes the Word of God also all these things because the Word is Jesus Himself (John 1:14). Let us hold on to God’s instructions and never replace them with the world’s ways.
We will make better decisions in life when we think of the results of our actions before we take any action. Proverbs 4:26 reminds us to give careful thought to the paths of our feet. Before you do something, stop and ask yourself why you are doing it, and does this please God? One of the best ways to guard your heart is to guard the actions that you take. You never want to get close to temptation because it can cause you to fall.
How can you better guard your heart? Choose to guard your heart and walk in the path of righteousness because it will be worth it in the long run. Let us live farsighted, looking towards our eternity with Jesus. So remember, guard your heart.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for revealing yourself to me daily. Help me to keep watch over my heart and guard it for you.
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