There are five areas in our lives where we really need to remain constantly on guard, so as to keep the enemy at bay. Most of us are well aware of the “modus operandi” of the devil (I know spelling rules dictate that we spell devil with a capital letter, but I refuse to comply), and also many of us have knowledge of the Scriptures warning us concerning the importance of our vigilance.
So, this blog post serves more as a reminder, rather than a teaching, for those who are serving God in any capacity. The first of the five areas to guard is your heart.
There is plenty of scriptural evidence to support the importance of the heart:
1 Samuel 13:14 – “The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 – “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Psalm 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God.”
Psalm 119:11 – “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart.”
John 14:1 – “Let not your heart be troubled.”
Romans 10:10 – “With the heart one believes.”
This has been a prevailing lesson in my life. Time after time I hear the Voice—His Voice—saying, “guard your heart, guard your heart.”
I recall one time the church I was pastoring was renting space in a building owned by another denomination. Although our relationship with the church that owned the building was excellent, at one point they established a new church plant in our building, which required us to share the space. Because they were the owners, we lost the favored space and my office was relocated to a very small room, with no windows. This was just one of many downgrades to which we had to adjust.
One day while walking up and down the hallway carrying loads of books from one office to the other, I began to have a “pity party.” The Lord spoke the words “guard your heart” to me. I repented and shortly found joy in it all. Just a few months later the denominational pastor called me informing me that they were selling the building, and wanted us to have the first opportunity to purchase it… Which we did, at a phenomenal price!
Remember, when our hearts are not guarded, lies are allowed to enter and fester, and temptations are entertained and eventually outward sin manifests. Your anointing is compromised, and the end result is spiritual death. This reminder is found in none other than James 1:12-15.
Please be on the lookout for my next blog post in this series, at which time I will address the other four areas which need careful attention.