Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. NIV
Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts. MES
Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life. NLT
Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For (A)from it flow the springs of life. NASB
This scripture in proverbs implys that your heart (inner man, inner life):
-is that well spring for all life.
-sets the boundaries – limitations for life and living
-determines the course of your life
You’ll notice the passage reads, “above all else” guard your heart. Yet we allow so many unproductive, negative concepts, thoughts and ideals to dwell in our hearts from time to time. Sometimes for long periods, sometimes for short, yet if negative they bring damage and rob our future. This is where a great battle lies. Satan knows if he can cripple the heart of the believer he has won a great victory of limitation and containment over your life.
In Hebrews 4:12 Paul tells us that the soul and the spirit make up the heart of man and that they are divisible. He tells us that the Word of God (testimony of Jesus, witness of the Holy Spirit) can help us discern the difference between the soul and the spirit. Jesus dwells in the reborn spirit, so we know we won’t be able to find a negative, evil, perverse testimony coming out of our spirit. The negative fear oriented testimony in the heart comes out of the soul realm which is made up of our mind, will, emotions, reasoning and imagination.
In light of this when we consider the Proverb to guard our heart (inner man) we can understand that the most important element for us to guard is our soul. And in guarding the soul (mind, will, emotion, reasoning and imagination) we are called to bring everything and every thought under the leadership – lordship and redemption of Jesus (see II Corinthians 10:3-5).
Today – live with a more guarded heart. Watch over every thought, emotion and imagination today. Ask to be more discerning and for the Spirit of Christ, dwelling in your spirit, to convict you of every negative – harmful – unproductive thing.