Guard our heart above all else, for it determines the course of our life. Proverbs 4:23
Why do you think it is necessary to guard our heart above all other parts of the body? Because our heart is not only the main organ that pumps our blood, but it is also what controls our motives, attitudes, and feelings. These are avenues to our mind, and the enemy will use these to deter our thoughts and spiritual walk with God.
Think of some of the motives, attitudes or feelings that the enemy might throw at you? Fear, jealousy, envy, or anger toward a friend or family member or frustration with our spouse or a colleague. These are just a few motivations that shift our thoughts away from God. So how can we fight these? The Bible gives us the answer.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle, you will still be standing. Ephesians 6:13
The heart, full of thoughts, feelings, and motivations, becomes the driving force of a follower of God. It keeps the focus on the task at hand, efficient and vigilant to what is ahead. Despite opposition, the heart remains steadfast and loyal to God and demonstrates love to others, showing it through words, actions and expressions. Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
There is a battle raging right now in our world to capture the hearts and minds of young people. This battle is a plan to capture our thoughts which will direct our actions, reactions, and stir up undesirable emotions. This battle is against our Christian beliefs, values, morals, and seeks to destroy businesses, churches, families and especially young people.
We must take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit to defend our Christian beliefs and guard our hearts against the enemy. When frustrating situations and circumstances come our way and challenge our heart and mind, we must seek God’s power.
It is so important to keep our minds centered on the things of God. This will help us know what to do in situations of unrest and guide us in making wise decisions.
Remember that God is in control of all the world and desires to have a personal relationship with each of us.
Commit our way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He will do it.
By Donna Lindquist