Guard your Heart

Many people think guarding their heart means keeping people away and putting walls around yourself so no one can get in. They build walls and put up barricades thinking, if I don't let anyone close, I am not going to get hurt. It only serves to distance yourself from God and people, because before long that wall is going to turn into a hard heart. It is also the lazy way out. They put up walls dust of their hands and think that's that. Unfortunately, the enemy knows you are not paying attention and sends in his minions to crawl right over that wall and attack.

A guard is someone who stands on watch keeping an eye out ready to take action whenever the enemy approaches. It is a defensive position of one assigned to protect. That is what it means to guard your heart. Always being vigilant, always aware, ready to push back and destroy the enemy whenever he approaches. They also yield and open the gates for their Lord and comrades. Then they are back keeping watch. Keeping watch to protect from all the little things that can keep us distracted and big things that can destroy your heart.

The enemy can approach in various ways. Little ways by keeping us busy, entertaining things that undermined your faith, situations and people. The guard stands vigilant not to let the enemy in and ready to push back the arrows that try to kill and maim. The enemy sends arrows of anger, pride, worthlessness, lust, strife, control, greed, impatience...and anything contrary to the Love of God. If you are not vigilant these things will begin to manifest in your life.

I have learned nothing can get to your heart like romantic feelings. After all it is "love"...what could be wrong with "love"...we are called to "love"...right? We are called to Agape love, but so many people do not understand the difference. Preston has many blogs on the subject. Still... reading, understanding, and applying is a process. We are wired to desire a mate. We are bombarded with romance and Fairy Tales. The enemy barely has to wink to get our feelings, mind, and spirit confused.

I thought "love" makes the world go round and to be loving was to open your heart to everyone. Wrong! The guard opens the gate for their Lord and comrades...not the enemy! We open our heart to receive the salvation of Jesus Christ, to find comfort in the arms of The Father, to grow in the presence and knowledge from the Holy Spirit. We open our hearts with Agape love in fellowship with believers and binding the wounds of the injured we met along our path. We do not open our hearts to people, situations, or THOUGHTS that will divert our path or damage our heart.

The enemy knows if he can get to your heart he can keep you from the fullness of a relationship with Christ and the body. Are you guarding your heart? It took me years to understand. Not only was there no guard on my heart. I had big flashing signs "open doors...come on down." That is something I have learned the hard way, by not keeping watch... not understanding how to keep watch or how to guard my heart. It is a process I am continually learning.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" Proverbs 4:23.

2 Response to "Guard your Heart"

  1. Preston Pittman says:
    March 16, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    Brenda... this is so right in line with so many scriptures. Personally, I've experienced myself trying to let this Holy Spirit-led guard down so many times in relations. I meet someone who is attractive (which itself needs studied), and I move ahead (beyond the "Guard"), only to find out, "she's not equally yoked with me", "in another relationship", "many other reasons not right for me", and I end up running back into the Lord, hurt, embarrassed, etc.

    Each time, I hear the Lord saying, "Preston, I've got this... I know my thoughts for you... I have this all planned out for you". Oh, we must Trust In, and Rely Upon Him... Amen? Listen to the Guard of my heart!

    <3

  2. Joyce Graham says:
    April 17, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Love this, Brenda and it is so right on! To love the Lord Jesus Christ with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to stay in the center of His will and His everyday guidance is so needed! I would rather let the Lord guide every step I make and "guard my heart" continually. Still learning my way around both your blogs.

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