Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. -Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (NLT)
Hello blog readers! For everyone participating in the #2019DiveinChallenge, we are memorizing one of my favorite verses this week. I love, love, LOVE Proverbs 4:23. I’ve found it to be so helpful for me as I walk with Christ.
There are sooooo many things that I find my heart needs to be guarded from. I’m tempted often to allow lust, anger, retaliation, fear, idolatry, bitterness, anxiety, unforgiveness, and so many other poisonous things into my heart. Proverbs 4:23 reminds me that whatever I allow into my heart – will determine the course of my life. Everything I do will flow from whatever I allow into my heart. When I recognize any other these poisonous traits seeping in – I confess it to God and ask Him to remove it. It’s not always easy. There have been times when I’ve wanted to stew in my feelings. But, I’ve found that my happiness remains in tact, and peace resonates in my spirit… when I give matters to God. It allows me to be free in who I am supposed to be.
I often pray that God will help me to guard my heart in specific matters. I need help, and He can surely guard it better than I can. I’ve found that my response to disappointing situations will be calm, and seasoned with understanding or compassion. I know that God is guarding my heart from anger and bitterness when that happens. I even pray that God will guard my son’s heart. I pray that above all else, you will guard your heart in Jesus.
**The goal of the #2019DiveInChallenge is to intentionally spend more time in God’s word, and commit to memorizing scripture. When the word of God is hidden in your heart, you will begin to realize what Jesus meant when he said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10b NIV).” That same verse in the NLT translation says, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
*All scriptures are quoted from the NIV version unless otherwise noted. Feel free to memorize in whatever version you prefer!
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
Hello blog readers! For everyone participating in the #2019DiveinChallenge, I pray that you have had time to refresh your mind, and reflect on God’s word. The goal of the challenge is to intentionally spend more time in God’s word, and commit to memorizing scripture. When the word of God is hidden in your heart, you will begin to realize what Jesus meant when he said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10b NIV).” That same verse in the NLT translation says, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
We have a new verse to focus on this week. Hebrews 4:12 is a reminder of how powerful God’s word is. His word is alive and active. One of the names of Jesus is “The Word of God.”
“He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” – Revelation 19:13
Jesus is a Living God, who is very active in the lives of His people. The Word of God penetrates to the deepest place in our hearts and lives. The Word of God cares about our thoughts, and our attitudes.
As we go through this week together, I pray that you experience the alive and active Word of God.