Guarding our hearts. Why should we guard our hearts? The bible teaches use that everything that comes out of us comes from the heart. So everything we do is affected by the heart.
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
God looks at our heart when judging us so it is even more reason to guard it.
1Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Even more reason to guard the heart is the bible tells us it can be deceitful. Our hearts can even become hardened towards Jehovah and lead us astray.
Psalm 95:7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
If our heart is wise we can make Gods rejoice.
Proverbs 23:15 My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself; 16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things.
So what things can have a bad impact on our hearts. One thing we learn that can do that is. Not appreciating what Jehovah has provided for us. We need to appreciate what we do have.
Exodus 16:3 and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
Philipians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing,
Putting spiritual things over wealth guards our hearts.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid What can mere mortals do to me?”
Speaking about bad things can harden our hearts.
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
When we have a short coming we must work on overcoming it so we don’t get overtaken by it.
James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
False pride can affect our hearts. Seeking the glory from others instead of giving God glory.
Ezekial 28:17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.
To protect the heart we need to focus on spiritual things.
2:Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ
Instead of seeing the bad in everyone and everything try to find the good in all situations.
Philipians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Do not get overwhelmed by anxieties and fears of life. Put things in prayer to Jehovah.
Philipians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Stay away from people and things that God would not approve of the best we can.
Collossians 3:Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Always let God’s word guide us, we should never lean on our own thinking. We need to keep in mind we are imperfect. Proverbs 3:Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Admit we are imperfect so we will be more aware and do not get over confident.
1John 1:If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Try our best to imitate Jesus.
Galations 5:And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Never give up learning about Jehovah God.
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Do not hate anyone. Not even your enemies.
Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Do your best to avoid anger.
James 1:For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Learn to leave anger go because it can open the way for Satan.
Ephesians 4:26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. Matthew 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
Do not befriend ill tempered people or vengeful people.
Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man,
Everything we do should bring praise for God and not ourselves.
1Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
If we do not guard our hearts we become no better then the ones who tortured and killed Jesus.
Matthew 13:14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” 15 For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
Remember if we reject Jesus and his teachings we reject God.
John 12:48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.
Always keep in mind Satan is on the prowl so we need Gods word to guide us.
1Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
If we successfully guard our hearts we will receive the gift of life.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Also by guarding our hearts we can better answer the reason for our faith. God will remember the things we have done for him.
1Peter 3:13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.”c 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
Psalm 55:Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
We are in the last days so we are going to suffer no matter what wouldn’t it be better to suffer as a righteous person?
1peter 4:1 4:1 So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin,
Also we must have faith that no matter what happens God do whats best.
Hebrews 11:6 Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.