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Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. Prov 4:23 AMPC
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Prov 4:23 NLT
Our hearts and our mouths are undeniably connected. Our mouths and our futures are also connected unavoidably. The Bible tells us that we should be very careful to guard our hearts, to be vigilant, alert, attentive, watchful to detect danger. Above anything else we guard, we must guard our hearts.
Our lives flow from our hearts. The substance of our circumstances come from our hearts. Your life springs up from your heart. Your heart determines the course of your life. How is this possible? How could it be that the condition of your heart directs your life? How could what goes on in your little heart affect your whole life?
What’s in your heart flows out of your mouth. No matter how hard we try to pretend, or even ignore what is in our hearts, eventually it comes gushing out through our words. Our mouths speak from the overflow of our hearts. Our mouths steer us in the direction of our words. This is because our words affect our thoughts. Our thoughts determine our actions. Our spirits listen and respond to our words. So does the rest of the spirit world.
The Bible says as a man thinks in his heart so is he (Prov 23:7). We become what we say because what we say determines what we think and believe and what we think and believe determines what we do. What we do – our actions – is what makes up our lives.
If you’ve ever had a leak in your home, you know that dripping water adds up fast. Every word we speak, every thought we have is another drop of water in the buckets of our hearts. These buckets, if left unattended, eventually overflow with whatever is inside. The music we listen to, the shows we watch, the friends we spend time with, the books we read…all that makes an impression. They all make deposits – drops – into our hearts. And if we leave our hearts unattended, anything can enter and build up over time.
If your future is important to you, your heart should be too.
Become selective as the Holy Spirit leads regarding what you allow into your heart. Become aware of what you are internalizing from your environment. Pay attention to the things you say, and see if you can trace them back to thought patterns and beliefs that are contrary to God’s Word. Then set up a guard against that ungodly thought. Find out what the Word says about that thing and study it. Begin to speak in line with the truth of God’s Word. You may find that your tastes change, you watch less TV or choose music and friends differently. But this is crucial if we are to live out the purpose for which we were made instead of floating along wherever life wants to take us.
Love & Blessings,