Guard your heart above all else

Proverbs 4:23-27 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”

There is some great stuff in here to keep us on track.  I was writing a blog post about this and then I read the notes from the New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible (LASB).

LASB notes: 4:23-27 Our heart—our feelings of love and desire—dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon tells us to guard our hearts above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections lead you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires: Don’t go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and don’t get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin.

After thinking about the passage and the LASB notes I imagined a security guard standing outside a door. He was big and strong and held a clipboard with names that could enter.

Love, joy, peace, encouragement, inspiration, right thinking, godly goals and God’s principles were allowed in. Everything else that would pollute us was politely refused entry.

Let’s all post a security guard on our hearts today. I am going to. The big decision now is will they look like a CIA Agent with dark glasses and an ear piece or a SAS Commando or perhaps a Jedi Knight 😉

God Bless,

Dave

Cheerful giving?

I saw this today and couldn’t help of the verse from 2 Corinthians 9.7. It says…

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”.


The Bible in surround sound

I was reading Mark chapter 14 this morning as a part of my New Testament in a year challenge and something strange happened.

As I got to the part where it talks about Peter denying Christ three times and the rooster crowed (Mark 14:27-31), the rooster that lives two houses down from us crowed. It was right at the same time I read it on the page and it was very loud!

Either it was a big co-incidence or God really does have a sense of humour. Either way it really got my attention!