Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life – Proverbs 4:23
Your mind is the door to your human spirit and whatever words and thoughts you allow to go through your mind, unchecked, will be deposited in your spirit. This is the reason you must screen and filter your thoughts and mount garrison over your heart, because out of your heart are the issues of life.
Every day, we hear words, see things, and read all kinds of information, positive and negative. You need to mount guard on your heart and not allow your spirit receive and process the negative information that come to us from the world. Refuse to be influenced or controlled by anything you hear, feel or see that’s not consistent with the provision of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For example, media reports lately have consistently bemoaned the lingering world economic crises, forecasting stiffer financial trouble and greater recession for many more nations around the world. As a result, many have become faithless, not knowing what to do to escape the manacles of inflation, poverty, and deprivation. Well, that has nothing to do with you, so don’t dwell on it. Job 22:29 says, “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, there is lifting up….”Rather than allow such negative reports instill fear in you, say, “That’s not for me. I function in the realm of super-abundance because I’m a child of God; an heir of the Sovereign, and a joint heir with Christ. Therefore I can never be disadvantaged in life.”
Don’t accommodate the wrong thoughts; otherwise they’ll stir up fear in you. Use the Word of God as a filter to stop contrary thoughts from getting into your “heart disk.” Keep vigilant watch over your heart. Your life today is the direct result of your thoughts and your words. The thoughts you allow give rise to the words you speak, which is why the Word enjoins us to renew our minds: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2).
That transformation begins with the content of your thoughts. Reject thoughts of fear, sickness, lack, sorrow, and failure. Embrace the thoughts of success, victory, health, prosperity, happiness, and fulfilment that come from God’s Word.
The Word is my life, and will continually govern my heart and produce in me what it talks about, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Philippians 4:8