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Keep Your Heart Right

Keeping your heart in the right place will be one of the many tasks you will find yourself engaging in every day. As a believer, if your heart gets out of whack, your actions will eventually follow. Proverbs 4:23 tells us: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” The Message says: “Keep vigilant watch over your heart, that’s where life starts.” Good life or bad life, it all begins with the heart. We each have the responsibility of developing and protecting our own heart. Much like the brain is to the human body, the heart is a control center for your life. If unprotected it becomes the gateway to contamination. And a contaminated heart will negatively impact your life. Matthew 15:18–19 (The Message) says: “But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes.” Jesus said it is what comes out of the heart that makes one unclean. Everything begins in the heart long before it ever manifests anywhere else. If the heart is not constantly being checked by the Word of God, it has the potential to become what the Bible calls defiled, which means “unclean and impure.” Protecting the heart is the process of keeping guard over what goes into it through the ear gate, eye gate, or mental gate. The biggest point of entry is through the mental gate, because Satan has access to the mental realm. He can bring thoughts to our minds, and if we meditate on them long enough, they will eventually work their way into our hearts and affect our lives. The ear and eye gate work with the mental gate. They transmit images and information to the mind. From there the information filters its way into the heart. So your heart must be protected at all times. As you go throughout your day, keep vigilant watch over what you see, hear, and think!

God bless you!

Today’s Scriptures: Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 15:18–19.

Today’s Prayer/Confession: I will keep a vigilant watch over my heart to make sure all that I do brings glory to God.

By Melva Henderson