Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. “
The heart as used in Scripture refers to the spirit of a man- Psychologist without an understanding of spiritual things have called this the subconscious mind because of no known logical explanation. The spirit of a man refers to the core of a person’s being, and we see here that we are to guard it, because all that pertains to our life comes from there. In essence, every man is a product of all the experiences that they have allowed to settle in their heart. There’s a common saying that goes “you can take a man out of a jungle but cannot take the jungle out of him.” This captures the essence of this truth. The world that we live in today is likened to a jungle, but we are to protect ourselves from allowing the jungle settle in us. Rather we are to feed our hearts with the word of God. The things you hear, say, see and experience are the things that eventually get written in our hearts, if we allow them. It is possible to go through an experience in life, however this experience ought not be what defines your person, but rather what God’s word says about you.
Notice how Jesus taught this in Matthew 12:35-37, saying
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The question now is what are you saying? When you go through rough times, do you just call it as it is or do you deposit seeds of God’s word in your heart? IT’s the deposits of your heart that will ultimately prevail in life’s circumstances. Stand your ground and speak the Word only!
Scriptures to Meditate: 1 John 5:4, Deut. 30:19-20, Matt. 12:35-37, Prov. 23:7