Psalm 17:8: “Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.”
Did you know you have the right, the authority and power to secure, shut and protect the windows of your soul just as you have the same rights to protect your own home? Grab something cool to drink, your journal and let’s take a look at the things that we should guard.
Imagine moving into a new home, all your new furnishings are all in place and all your valuables and possessions are finally in order. You stand back; take a big sigh of relief: “Wow what an accomplishment!”
As night begins to settle in you soon discover that in all your busyness you forgot some important items; you look at the windows and realize there’s an open invitation for all to peek in and you exclaim, “Yikes!” The new coverings over your windows are not up; you feel unguarded and unprotected.
So often in the whirlwind of our lives we can forget to take measures in protecting what is valuable to us. We take for granted that everything is safe when we walk out our doors. Oh what a false sense of security that can be. We voice in the days ahead the need to call for a protection service to come in and wire up the house to add to our protection.
Now if we take this a step further we can apply this as a spiritual lesson of “what and how are we protecting our hearts.” Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
God is saying to us: Guard, look after, protect your heart, and keep your heart safe in every possible way! It’s obvious that protecting our hearts is very important to God. Jesus tells us we must guard and protect our inner man because it is always under attack! Oh how the enemy LOVES to throw things up in our faces!! Yet we must remind our adversary and his cronies that we are renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created us, new. Col 3:5-11
So then, how do I guard my heart?” How can I keep my heart with all diligence? How can I guard my heart from being influenced by wrong things? How can I make sure that the issues of life that spring out of my heart are the issues that will bring God’s life, into my life? The answer is found in Ephesians 4: 22-24 by replacing negative attitudes with Christ-like positive attitudes, by putting off the old self and putting on the new life of Christ in all of its manifestations; by knowing, believing and practicing these attitudes you will demonstrate that you are more than a conqueror through Jesus who loves you.
Just as we seek out a company to come and protect the valuables in our home regardless of the outward appearance, we want what’s protected, what’s valuable and of interest to us on the inside. God has given us the ability to protect and guard what is precious in our hearts. We too should guard God’s word that He has established in us in, in that, so as the enemy cannot steal from us…. and he’s more than eager to do so. By putting on the things of God, you are putting on the presence of God and it is the presence of God that will guard and keep your heart!
Have a great weekend and remember, keep Him close to your heart!