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Weekly Encouragement

How’s your heart doing?

Your heart has value. A value no other part of you contains.

Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  One of the key words in this scripture is “guard.” When you think about it, anything of value in life is guarded:

  • We guard our children from seeing certain movies because their innocence is valuable.
  • We guard our homes with locks and security systems because what we have inside has value.
  • Our president and celebrities have body guards because their lives are valuable.

Yet, guarding something also means there’s a threat, a danger, trying to harm our valuables. In our case, our heart is being guarded because we have an enemy — satan — who wants to fill our hearts things not of God:

  • Lust
  • Pride
  • Discouragement
  • Greed

But why is the enemy after our heart? Why is it important? The rest of Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “For it is the wellspring of life.” In other Bible translations this part of the verse reads:

  • “For it determines the course of your life.”
  •  “For out of it are the issues of life.”
  •  “Because the source of your life flows from it.”

Meaning, who you are, what you say, and what you do all depends on what thing: what’s in your heart. Proverbs 27:19 reads, “As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.”

Whatever you hold in heart will overflow in your life. As Luke 6:45 tells us, from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

Today, ask yourself: “How is my heart doing?” Are you guarding your heart, or keeping it susceptible to anything and everything?

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