“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” – King Solomon
Just 3 days and 2013 will become history. I truly appreciate your being part of our story by following the#LAST70DAYSOF2013 series. Unfortunately, some people are still to come to grasp with that reality and to know that what lies ahead is what is important at the moment, and so the need to prepare for the future. So, we will like to look at guarding your heart diligently in 2014 as a critical key to success in the coming year. Your heart is the most important success tool you have in life. It is not your experience, skills or knowledge. It is your heart and its condition that matters most in achieving success. Even God cannot force success on you until your heart is able to conceptualize it and get prepared to receive it.
We primarily use “heart” to speak of emotions, but biblical writers used it in a much wider sense.
Biblically speaking, the heart is the totality of who we are inside: our emotions, our intellect, our desires, and our will. The words we speak flow out of our hearts (Matt. 12:34). The choices we make flow out of our hearts. In salvation (John 1:12–13), Christ takes our dead heart of stone and gives us a new heart of flesh (Ezek. 36:26). Guarding our hearts in this context means paying careful attention to our thoughts, our emotions, our desires, and our choices if we must make proper use of it in such a way that it brings us good and success and protects us from falling.
You know sometimes in life we face so many things that do not serve as precursor to success but rather discourage us so much that we do not want to try again. At those moments we begin to feel there is no point going further in the pursuit of destiny. Sometimes we are disappointed by people who are close to us that we so much look up to. At certain moments, we may lose our investments and all we have worked for all our lives. As well, there may be periods of temptations to act below our level of integrity and reputation and then give in to something lesser than we are. These situations do come. When they come to us, how do we respond? How do we take them?
This is why it is important to guard our hearts. There are at least three reasons why we must guard our hearts.
Because your heart is extremely valuable. We don’t guard worthless things. You can take my garbage to the street and leave there all the night and completely unguarded and you would not worry about it. Why? Because it is worthless. Not so with your heart. It is the essence of who you are. It is your authentic self—the core of your being. It is where all your dreams, your desires, and your passions live. It is that part of you that connects with God and other people. Just like your physical body, if your heart—your spiritual heart—dies, your success dies. This is why Solomon says, “Above all else.” He doesn’t say, “If you get around to it” or “It would be nice if.” No, he says, make it your top priority.
Because your heart is the source of everything you do. King Solomon says it is the “wellspring of life.” In other words, it is the source of everything else in your life. Your heart overflows into thoughts, words, and actions. If you plug up the spring, you stop the flow of water. If you poison the water, the flow becomes toxic. In either situation, you threaten life downstream. Everything depends on the condition of the spring. Likewise, if your heart is unhealthy, it has an impact on everything else. It threatens your family, your friends, your ministry, your career, and, indeed, your legacy. It is, therefore, imperative that you guard it.
Because your heart is under constant attack. When Solomon says to guard your heart, he implies that you are living in a combat zone—one in which there are casualties. Many of us are oblivious to the reality of this war. We have an enemy who is bent on our destruction. He not only opposes God, but he opposes everything that is aligned with Him—including us. Satan uses all kinds of weapons to attack our heart. These attacks often come in the form of some circumstance that leads to disappointment, discouragement, or even disillusionment. In these situations, I am tempted to quit—to walk off the field and surrender.
What to guard your heart against
Negative words│Negative thoughts│Bitterness│Envy and Jealousy│Wrong assumptions│
To guard your heart in 2014, you can take not of the following points:
– Make the word of God your ultimate guide and use it to shield your heart.
– Mind what you read and who you listen to. Ensure that everything that flows into your heart is based on the word of God.
– Evaluate your friendship circle and ensure that everyone within holds the same core values as you do.
– Find and keep wise and truthful mentors to advise you when you need to take a hard decision.
– Pray consistently so that your heart will be alert to the devise of the enemy and wedge war against it.
If we lose heart in 2014, we have lost everything.
Prayer: May God give you the wisdom to guard your precious heart so that all that will flow from it in 2014 will be life and success only in Jesus name, Amen.