Proverbs 4:23 "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."
The "heart" in one word can be defined as "attitude." We each control own attitude. We decide whether we are going to have a good attitude or a bad attitude. Our attitude affects our whole life, it points us our feet towards right or towards evil. It can be the catalyst of our demise or the catalyst of our realization of our triumph in Christ. Just as the heart pumps the life of the blood to all the members of our body, our attitude pumps the life or death of our souls (mind, will, and emotion).
We must guard our heart. I like what author David White says about his friends thoughts on keeping your heart with all diligence: "He used to think it meant blocking his heart against any foreign intruder, standing guard before it with his rifle raised. Now, understanding the deceitfulness of his heart, he realizes it means keeping his heart before him at all times, with the sights of his rifle trained on it." Wow! Our hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately as the prophet Jeremiah said (Jer. 17:9).
Now let’s apply it. Are you keeping your heart with ALL diligence? We all battle sin. We each struggle in a different areas; the struggle is evidence that we are not dead spiritually. Keep up the good fight. In Christ we are victorious. Don’t give up, keep battling no matter what sin is giving you trouble, but remember don’t focus on the sin, focus on Christ. After Solomon tells his son to keep his heart with all diligence he tells him how to do it in the preceding verses (Proverbs 4:24-27):
- Putting away from myself perverse and froward (contrary, complaining) speech (Proverbs 4:24)
- Faithfully keeping focused on Christ and what He wants me to do (Proverbs 4:25)
- Pondering, seriously considering, what way my feet are pointing in life (Proverbs 4:26).
- Not turning away from going God’s way, to go my way (Proverbs 4:27)
- Not compromising and removing my foot from any known sin in my life (Proverbs 4:27)
Are you giving 100% in guarding your heart or less? Are you determined, by God’s grace, to do His will for you? Your life or deadness in Christ will be evidenced by your attitude. Will you allow Christ to triumph in your heart/attitude?
2 Corinthians 2:14 "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place."
I pray this verse will be true of us.