fire insurance // guard your heart

get caught up

this month has been hard for me to keep up with, and so this topic comes appropriately one week late.  though i'll date it the day it should have been posted, i wanted to disclose the delay and use it as a theme for this week's bit of fire insurance.

guarding the heart

this may seem strange to be linked to a message about losing grip on a schedule, but i assure you, a heart without guard is grounds for all kinds of havoc.

i'm going to get right to one of the most popular pieces of Scripture regarding the heart:

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. 
(Proverbs 4:23)

there is no doubt that this one line of God-breathed advice lends insight into one of the most profound ways to practice living a fruitful and healthy life.  though i struggle, immensely, with keeping a schedule intact and practicing patience, i do know that when i check my heart and evaluate where my emotions are rooted, i am able to reconfigure my thoughts to bring forth more joy and less stress. 

but again.. i stiiill struggle.

and i believe struggle is necessary. 

the scripture tells us to actively guard our heart, we are required to constantly check our emotions and work towards moving in sync with God.  He tells us that our hearts are the wellspring of life; consider these other passages regarding the heart:

Christ dwells in our hearts by faith (Ephesians 3:17) comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17)

You are in our hearts (2Corinthians 7:3)

these scriptures outline the process by which we are connected to Christ and one another.  notice it originates in the heart.  by faith Christ dwells in our hearts; when we accept Him as our Savior and ask Him to dwell there.  that faith comes from hearing the Word; a Word inspired by God and conveyed to us by the power of the Spirit.  and those hearts are then the dwelling of fellow Christians.  from those faith-filled hearts we love one another, serve one another, and uphold our devotion to God.

this is why guarding the heart is so necessary

so how do we guard our hearts?

finding wisdom in the Word.  remaining in Jesus.  staying in fellowship.

the heart is more than a storehouse of emotion, but the powerhouse of our everyday living. when our hearts are in check, and we are in fellowship with God and others, we are on target for a blessed and joyful experience.  even if the day turns sour, we are in the most optimal state for coping well.  

but when we let that guard down and our hearts become open to the enemy, we lose strength, fast.  the heart becomes the breeding ground for fear, bitterness, pain and resentment.  we cannot find joy, satisfaction, contentment or peace.  we lose track of our schedules, patience and become poor stewards of our resources.  we engage in behavior that does not represent God, and we are at risk of being burned..

what is the state of your heart?

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