Throughout the Bible, we are instructed to be on guard, or, to guard various area of our lives. Our hearts and minds are also to be guarded. If God’s word tells us not once, but several times, to be on guard, then it is important that we pay attention.
Guard Your Heart
Proverbs 4:23 (CSB) states the following: “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” The word guard comes from the Hebrew word natsar meaning to observe, keep close, or serve as a watchman. The only way to successfully guard your heart (spiritually speaking), which is said to be the source of life, is through checking everything that tries to enter.
At important events, particularly those involving government officials, a security guard is often posted at the entrance to check the guests for identification. It is vital that the guards know who is entering the building because someone who wants to bring harm to a government official could be entering.
It is the same way with your heart. As tedious as it may seem, you must check everything that comes to your mind because it will eventually make its way to your heart. The thought must be identified by being lined up with what God’s word has to say about it. If what is about to enter does not line up, it must be turned away.
Guard Your Mind
In order for the aforementioned security guard to prevent someone from harming a government official, the potential perpetrator must be stopped from entering the building. Once he has entered, it is more difficult to stop him from doing harm. It can be done, but often it is not without a cost.
If you want to keep poison from entering your heart, you must guard what enters your mind. Of course, you must set an extra guard at the door of your heart, but, if you watch what enters your mind first, entrance to your heart is highly unlikely. Philippians 4:7 states that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.
The key word is peace. If I am listening to the Holy Spirit, I will not have peace about something that is harmful. Neither will you. If a thought lines up with the word of God, peace will follow. The peace God gives is not like anything else. This peace will warn or confirm ahead of time before it is too late. This type of peace does not make sense to others. The only way to have the peace that guards is to sit at the feet of Jesus, so to speak, through prayer and study of the Word. If you have no intimate relationship with Him, there is no true peace.
Guarding your heart and mind is just the beginning. We have to guard our words, our relationships, and so much more. This is a job for the Holy Spirit. He is the look-out, but we must keep our focus on Jesus so we can know when we need to pay heed to a warning, or proceed on the path.
I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful for God’s ways that direct and guide. If we listen, they will keep us from unnecessary trials.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, there is no time like the present. Romans 10:9-10 states that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart, you believe resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth you confess, resulting in salvation.