Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
I want to talk today about guarding our hearts. But, first, what exactly is this “heart” and why does it need to be guarded at all? Each person that has lived, is living, and will live was created uniquely by God, each with unique traits, abilities and hopes. We have value to God that could never be measured. It’s hard to believe for many of us, but not one person is here on Earth by chance. Each of us is here for a reason and is known entirely by our Almighty God. Not only do our physical bodies and minds have incredible value, but all that is unseen does as well. Every person is precious in God’s sight. And He does see our hearts, our innermost being.
Our heart is the central force that processes emotion and reasoning with our compass of morality to decide our wishes, desires, and plans. Our hearts helps us understand life and discern what is happening around and in ourselves. God helps us keep our hearts aligned with Him as we hear His truth and allow the Bible access to our hearts.
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
Then, our actions and words display our heart’s condition. The heart is so very important to who we are. What controls our hopes, dreams and desires ultimately controls everything!
When we decide to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we remove ourselves from the throne of our heart, and accept God’s reign from that point on. Eternal life and true hope are born. But, it’s not just smooth sailing from that point on….there’s more to it. Our heart is transformed and we are then a child of God, but our hearts still have that natural bent toward sin. It isn’t until heaven that we will be completely renewed and no longer struggle with sin. Sin is so engrained into who we are on this Earth. So, even with Christ as our Lord, we still can choose whether or not to obey Him. Without excellent guard rails, we can still get really off course. We need daily time in God’s Word to keep on the path we need to be on. God’s Word convict us and straightens our course. We need to be hearing God’s truths and allowing them to sink in every day to live the life God intends us to enjoy.
We are valuable, unique beings that have incredible worth to God. But, as we’ve discussed, we don’t automatically turn perfect and obedient. We still live in a sinful world where we constantly are in a battle to live a victorious life with Christ. We have a real enemy, Satan, that desperately hopes to mislead us and confuse us into following him instead. Our hearts are vulnerable and need protection!
Stay tuned for Part 2….Guard Your Heart