Inspirational Wednesday: Guard Your Precious Heart!

Hello! Hello! Welcome to Inspirational Wednesday 🙂 Pull up a chair. Here take this quilt and snuggle up by the fire. I’ll make you a cup of hot tea. Let’s enjoy the wisdom passed down from ancient times.

Passage Proverbs 4:23-27:
23Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

24Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.

25Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you.

26Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.

27Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.

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If your physical heart stops beating  you die. What we eat, our physical activity, and our emotions can affect our heart. I suggest to you that it is the same with our soulish heart. When we are born we are given this special place to keep our love…our desires…our hurts…our sorrow. What we let into our heart, shapes who we are as people and how we will treat others.  So it makes perfect sense that the Bible tells us to guard our heart above all else. Our heart is rather important.

Passage Luke 6:45:
45The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.


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Imagine that you have a special treasure box inside of your soul. In this box you keep all your emotions. This box is your heart. It is YOUR choice what stays in the box and what goes. Is your heart-shaped box full of bitterness, hate, greed, jealousy, or lust? You may try to hide these things from the world. After all, you don’t want people to know you’re a bitter person.

Sooner or later the bitterness you’ve held onto from your childhood and the bitterness you have from this week even, will fill that box……and overflow onto everyone. You’ll find, the bitterness (or hatred or greed etc) will come out in conversation when you least expect it. As hard as you try you can’t stop the bad things from coming out. You feel like a monster. The bitterness soon affects your physical health as well.

But let’s say you choose to let go of your bitterness and you fill your box with forgiveness instead. Soon your box overflows with love and peace and joy. People WANT to be around you because you’re a pleasant person. Mercy and Grace come out of your mouth. You are an encouraging person now. You love life and you can feel it in your bones.

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Passage Philippians 4:6-7:
6Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

7And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

I don’t care who you are…..we are NOT perfect.  Just because someone is following Christ, doesn’t mean they ARE Christ. We have a hard time trying to do good. Let’s face it….sin is a big issue. Temptation is HARD. It’s SO much easier to give in and do the wrong thing. Our society pushes people towards evil. So how CAN we guard our hearts?

We don’t MEAN to let jealousy in or anger. It just happens sometimes. We TRY not to worry but fear seems to follow us around. As much as we try to dump the pollution out of our hearts, it just keeps coming back. We never get it right.

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So let me suggest something to you. DON’T try to guard your heart on your own! You need HELP! I NEED help! We’re so busy doing this thing called life that sometimes we let bad things come in our hearts and we don’t give it a second thought.

We need a GUARD……someone who will help us guard this special box that holds our treasure. There is an enemy who would love to rob us of everything sacred and leave our box full of garbage. Sometimes he sneaks up from behind when we’re not looking. We NEED someone who can see every perspective…..someone who understands human temptation and hardship…….someone who once cried blood……..someone who survived death and came back alive for the sake of true love. That God-man is Jesus Christ, friends and HE is the PERFECT GUARD for our hearts.

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The above passage says God’s peace (remember Jesus is the Prince of Peace) will guard our hearts. What do we do? We trust in God. We pray…..just talk to him…lay our troubles at HIS feet. If you put your faith in Christ, HE will remove the junk in your heart and that’s a process he does daily (it’s like email….spam comes daily lol). If you repent and let HIM be your Lord then he will fill your heart with real treasure……joy and peace even in hardship………true love even when you’re persecuted. There is no better guard for your precious heart. The King of Kings loves you and He loved your heart so much that HE sacrificed himself to save it from Satan’s poison. There is NO greater love story.

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I say all this not because I’m perfect or even good….I am neither. But I know someone who is both. Jesus Christ  took on imperfection, hatred, pain….and every manner of evil and He died with it on the cross…….that way you wouldn’t have to suffer the punishment for evil. He took it all. Then he rose again three days later…..victorious over death and the grave! Christ is alive and his arms are open. He wants to wash your heart clean if you’ll let Him. God is a gentleman. He will NEVER force himself on anyone. He leaves the choice up to you. When I was thirteen years old I made the choice to follow Christ because I realized He was the only one who would take care of my heart. I found my best friend that day and I know I would never have survived the hardships of my life without HIM.

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God bless and have a beautiful week! Remember: The High King Lives!

~Amber Dover

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