20 May Guard Your Heart
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
We have French doors leading out to the yard in our home. Any time the children want to play outside, I’m constantly repeating, “Close the doors!” They tend to leave them wide open, inviting all of Florida’s mosquitoes into our home. The result? A few days’ worth of bites and trying to find/get rid of those little creatures. Sometimes, I can’t find them for days. Yet, I feel and see their effects.
Isn’t it the same when we don’t guard our hearts properly? Things get in that can hurt and affect us negatively. Sometimes, they’re so small that we can’t find them until more damage has been done. Unfortunately, our actions and behaviors can reflect what is harming us. This becomes a cycle – where it doesn’t only affect us, but it’s the “gift” that keeps on giving – touching and hurting those along our paths.
The effects are detrimental, whether on a small or large scale. It can be as simple as choosing the wrong words towards a coworker. Or it can be as grand as walking into a public building, choosing to end lives through various means. Whatever measurement one uses, it is obvious that our hearts must be guarded from the enemy’s schemes.
How do we guard our hearts?
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
(Ephesians 6:13, NIV)
God has given us the PERFECT tool to live righteously and protect ourselves from spiritual attacks against our lives. He gave us the Holy Spirit. Putting on His armor doesn’t necessarily mean we are doing all the work in attempting to dismantle dangerous schemes against us. No. It means that we KNOW we cannot do it all and need His supernatural presence in, around and through our lives to guide our every move on a daily basis. In doing so, there are so many unnecessary obstacles we avoid, because He knows best.
When we allow the Holy Spirit to counsel and guide us, we are giving Him the entryway into our hearts: to purge, mold, heal and restore. As a result, anything that is a hindrance to the health of our hearts will be identified and dealt with; they cannot hold a permanent residence in our hearts.
Whether the heart issue may be as small as a mosquito, the effects of it can and will be noticed. We have the great Counselor on our side. We do not have to live in this cycle of unhealthy heart conditions. We have this absolutely amazing choice of living our lives freely in Christ through the Holy Spirit’s guidance. However, it is our decision to make. Do we allow Him to guide and engage in “spring cleaning” in EVERY part of our lives? Or is it too inconvenient for us?
Admittedly, it is uncomfortable to get to the point of stripping ourselves to the very core in the presence of God Almighty. Who wants to put on a full display of all our imperfections? Not I. Yet, when we give up everything we are to the One who wants the very best for us, we are telling Him with our actions that we trust Him. We tell Him that we don’t have all the knowledge to steer the wheel of life for our journeys. We tell Him that we need Him in EVERY area of our lives.
So, what will it be? Will we let those “mosquitoes” wreak chaos in our hearts, as small as they may be, creating a bigger crisis if not dealt with? Or will we take preventive measures, and allow the Holy Spirit to navigate our courses?