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guard your heart

Why “Guard Your Heart” is for Everybody

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guard your heartGuard your heart. It’s from the Bible verse, Proverbs 4:23.

Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

The subject of my book, The Wellspring of Life. The verse came to me several years ago through a sermon delivered at a church I didn’t normally attend. It was timely, immediately following one of the most challenging weeks one could imagine. And the message came with an overwhelming feeling of peace. Very surreal. I can only attribute it to God.

So I’ve been stuck on this topic ever since. And, I think this is a message for everybody.

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The Easiest Way To Harvest Wisdom

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Harvest time!!

Harvest time!!

As I continue experiencing a fascination with people and their personalities, I’m enlightened with new insight on harvesting this gem we call wisdom. Just this week the quest became clearer…

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies,
nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 3:13-15

So wisdom is the crown jewel? Well, there is a call to action that is even more valuable.

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Motivation: Cherish Yesterday… Thankful For Today… Excited About Tomorrow

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Love motivates me… what’s your carrot?

Cherish Yesterday… Thankful For Today… Excited About Tomorrow

I got to thinkin’ about this as it came up while talking with the HB just the other day…

What motivates me? What is “my motive?”

Have you ever thought about that question?

For me… like most of us… it’s buried in my personality… it’s a part of my fabric and the perfect way that God made me… and the same is true for you, too!

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Continually Seeking Wisdom…

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Sometimes wisdom is as easy as simple math... usually not 🙂

Continually Seeking Wisdom…

“My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair – every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.”

Proverbs 2: 1-11

It’s said that a wise person is sincere and direct with others… do you find it easy to express yourself in this way?

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My Greatest Sin

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Writing down what our sins are may not always be something we’re comfortable with. However, if you keep a personal journal it may be helpful to jot them down as writing can help you reflect on them. I recently tried to think about mine, keeping in mind to make sure I’ve:

  • confessed my sins to God
  • asked God for forgiveness
  • offered my sincere apology to the people who I have committed sin against, and sought out their forgiveness
  • repented, trying to see my sins in God’s way, and sought to experience true change.

I believe that I’ve done this, and am very thankful for the body of believers that have stood by me and helped me through this process.

As I’m thinking about this I also tried to identify a core issue…

… is there something going on that I can say is central to all of my sins?

… is there a common thread?

"Chief, this is 86, I think I'm on to something here!"

Sure enough I did find a common thread, and found enlightenment in the Bible…

the common thread for me is all of my sins can be summarized as doing something foolish. I’m referring to this as my greatest sin. Yep, I needed to “Get Smart.”

The book of Proverbs offers us wisdom that is useful to understanding our sins, as well as helping us avoid the pitfalls of falling into sin as we head on down the road:

“The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for attaining wisdom and discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young –
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance –
for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Proverbs 1: 1-7

Do you feel you’ve done what you need to do to follow through with your sins?

How can we encourage each other to keep from committing sins?

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