Keep Your Heart
God’s construction of the human body is perhaps one of the most intriguing topics that a person can study. I am always fascinated to learn about the way the human body functions. Perhaps my favorite item to study and read about is the human heart. Physicians tell us that the average heart weighs less than one pound, and the heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times during the course of the average life. Believe it or not, you need your heart to live!
Because the heart is necessary for life, millions of dollars and countless hours of study have gone into gaining knowledge about our hearts. Doctors and websites are full of helpful advice and recommendations of various things we can do to physically protect our hearts. Doctors advise us to eat properly, exercise, sleep well, and avoid things that can be harmful to our hearts.
As we draw our attention to the Word of God, we find that God has much to say about the heart as well. As a matter of fact, the word heartis mentioned over 700 times in Scripture. Obviously, the subject of the heart is of importance to God. When speaking about the heart, I am not referring to the physical heart that is beating (hopefully) in your chest right now. I am referring to the innermost character, feelings, will and desires. The heart is the REAL you.
Please stop and think with me for a moment. We live in a very protective society.
- We lock the doors to our houses
- We install alarm systems in our houses
- We put alarms on our cars
- We have passwords to our computers
- We lock our cell phones, Ipods, and other electronic gadgets
- We have PIN codes for our bank cards
- We are careful about where we go after dark
Though the items above are important, the one item that we should be protecting the most—but often neglect—is our heart. The Bible admonishes us that, “the devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” The devil wants to gain the advantage in our lives to disqualify us from being used of God.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart.” The word keep simply means to watch over and defend. How good are you at guarding your heart from the world, flesh, and devil? Allow me to give you several ideas for ways to guard your heart.
- Keep your heart close to the Word of God and prayer.
A wise preacher once made the statement that distance leads to destruction. If you fail to stay close to God’s word and prayer, then mark it down, you will fail. D.L. Moody once said, “This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book.” Let me ask you, how are you doing with the Word of God and prayer?
- Keep your heart close to spiritual authorities in your life.
Your parents, pastor, youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, and mentors are not the enemy. They are on your side, pulling for you to make it for God. Wise you would be to spend as much time with them as you possibly can.
- Keep your heart from those who have not given their hearts to God.
Proverbs 13:20 tells us that, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Your closest friends and peers should be those who have a heart to please the Lord. Show me your friends, and I will show you your future. You recall the story of Amnon who, in II Samuel 13, gave his heart to his friend—a friend who then led him to commit an evil sin. I am so thankful for the friends that God gave me as a teenager who helped to bring my heart closer to God and not further from God.
The first commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all your heart. Because our hearts are of great value to God, you and I must do our part in protecting them from the attack of the wicked one. Today, become a teenager who guards his heart.