Watch Over Your Heart
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”— Proverbs 4:23
Many of us unfortunately live from the outside in rather than from the inside out. We are aware of what people are saying about us and how we look to the world, but we do not know what is happening in our own hearts and minds. We are out of touch with what the Spirit of God is doing inside of us, causing us to lack the discernment we need in order to overcome.
To overcome, you must become conscious of what is going on in your mind. Thoughts of worry, fear, and other things that are not rooted in the truth can begin to control you if you do not take authority over them. And you cannot take authority over something you do not realize is operating in your life.
This is why you must watch over your heart and your thoughts. When you recognize that something in your heart or in your thinking is not in line with the truth or is not pleasing to God, you must address it immediately before it has a chance to do further damage. If you have ever dealt with weeds in your lawn, you know if you don’t pull them when you begin to see them grow, they will spread and begin to destroy the healthy plants.
Ungodly thoughts and beliefs are the same way. If you let them go unchecked, they will continue to grow and choke out more and more of the truth you have received until you can barely remember how deeply the Father loves you. Then the enemy’s lies will begin to resonate as truth. And when you come into agreement with the enemy by believing the lies he tells you, you give him authority to control you with fear, hopelessness, and despair.
Beloved, pay attention to your heart. Notice what you are thinking. When you see yourself going down a path that is not of God, stop and confess your sins or wrong thinking to the Lord. If you ask the Father to help you reorient your attitude and thoughts, He will bring your heart into harmony with Himself.
Holy Spirit, come and break into my heart, break into my thoughts, and bring them into order so my life can be pleasing to You. Make me sensitive to what I am thinking and feeling so I will not give the enemy a foothold in my life. I pray that the meditations of my heart would be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Rabbi Kirt A. Schneider, Rivers of Revelation (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2020), Used by permission.