Proverbs 4:23 - GUARD YOUR HEART!

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) Above all else, guard 
your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Guard your heart above 
all else, for it determines the course of your 

Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) Keep and guard your 
heart with all vigilance and above all that you 
guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.  

Proverbs 4:23 (GNT) Be careful how you 
think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. 


The "heart commonly refers to the mind as 
the center of thinking and reason (3:3; 6:21; 
7:3), but also includes the emotions (5:15, 30), 
the will (11:20; 14:14), and thus, the whole 
inner being (3:5). The heart is the depository of 
all wisdom and the source of whatever affects 
speech (v. 24), sight (v. 25), and conduct (vv. 26, 
27). [MacArthur Daily Bible 2003] 


   God is far more interested in changing 
your mind than changing your circumstances. 
   We want God to take away all of the 
problems, pain, sorrow, suffering, sickness, and 
sadness. But God wants to work on you first, because 
transformation wont happen in your life until you renew 
your mind, until your thoughts begin to change. 
   Why is it so important that you learn how 
to manage your mind? Let me give you three 
   1. Manage your mind because your thoughts 
control your life. 
   Proverbs 4:23 says, Be careful how you 
think; your life is shaped by your thoughts 
(GNT). Your thoughts have tremendous ability to 
shape your life for good or for bad. For example, 
maybe you accept a thought someone told you when 
you were growing up: Youre worthless. You 
dont matter. If you accepted that thought, 
even though it was wrong, it has shaped your 
life. You must choose what thoughts you will let 
affect you for good or for bad. 
   2. Manage your mind because the mind is 
the battleground for sin. 
   All temptation happens in the mind. Paul 
says in Romans 7:22-23, I love to do Gods 
will so far as my new nature is concerned; but 
there is something else deep within me, in my 
lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins 
the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that 
is still within me. In my mind I want to be 
Gods willing servant, but instead I find myself 
still enslaved to sin (TLB). 
   One reason you get mentally fatigued is 
because theres a battle in your brain 24 hours a 
day. Its debilitating because its intense, 
and its intense because your mind is your 
greatest asset. Satan wants your greatest asset! 
   3. Manage your mind because its the 
key to peace and happiness. 
   An unmanaged mind leads to tension. A 
managed mind leads to tranquility. An unmanaged mind 
leads to conflict. A managed mind leads to 
confidence. When you dont try to control your mind 
and the way you direct your thoughts, you will 
experience an enormous amount of stress in your life. 
But a managed mind leads to strength and 
security and serenity. 
   Letting your sinful nature control 
your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit 
control your mind leads to life and peace (Romans 
8:6 NLT). [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


Diligent heart-keeping is essential to a 
healthy growth in grace. The heart in its natural 
state is a habitation for unholy thoughts and 
sinful passions. When brought into subjection to 
Christ, it must be cleansed by the Spirit from all 
defilement. In the work of heart-keeping we must be 
instant in prayer, unwearied in petitioning the 
throne of grace for assistance. The Saviour has 
told us to pray without ceasing. The Christian 
can not always be in the position of prayer, but 
his thoughts and desires can always be upward. 
They should cultivate a love for meditation, and 
cherish a spirit of devotion. 3BC1157 

The heart must be renewed by divine grace, 
or it will be in vain to seek for purity of 
life. He who attempts to build up a noble, 
virtuous character independent of the grace of Christ 
is building his house upon the shifting sand. 
In the fierce storms of temptation it will 
surely be overthrown. Those who would not fall a 
prey to Satan's devices must guard well the 
avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading, 
seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure 
thoughts. The mind should not be left to wander at 
random upon every subject that the adversary of 
souls may suggest. This will require earnest 
prayer and unceasing watchfulness. We must be aided 
by the abiding influence of the Holy Spirit, 
which will attract the mind upward, and habituate 
it to dwell on pure and holy things. And we 
must give diligent study to the word of God.  

As God works upon the heart by His Holy 
Spirit, man must cooperate with Him. The thoughts 
must be bound about, restricted, withdrawn from 
branching out and contemplating things that will only 
weaken and defile the soul. By beholding we are 
to become changed, and as we meditate upon the 
perfections of our divine Model, we shall desire to 
become wholly transformed and renewed in the image 
of His purity. There will be a hungering and 
thirsting of soul to be made like Him whom we adore. 
The more our thoughts are upon Christ, the more 
we shall speak of Him to others, and represent 
Him to the world. 3BC1145 

To keep your heart in heaven, will give 
vigor to all your graces, and put life into all 
your duties. To discipline the mind to dwell upon 
heavenly things, will put life and earnestness into 
all our endeavors. As exercise increases the 
appetite, and gives strength and healthy vigor to the 
body, so will devotional exercises bring an 
increase of grace and spiritual vigor. 3BC1157 


   The film 127 Hours tells the true story 
of Aron Ralston, who was rock climbing alone in 
Utah when a boulder shifted and pinned his arm. 
He tried everything he could to get out from 
under the boulder, but nothing was working. 
   Two days passed, and he was hungry, 
thirsty, and cold. He realized that no one was coming 
to rescue him. He also knew there was only one 
way he could get out of there. He would need to 
take the worst step imaginable if he wanted to 
live. He needed to cut off his own arm. 
   So he did. He used a pocketknife, and it 
took a long time. Then he rappelled 65 feet to 
the canyon floor and walked out. I guess he 
figured it would be better to be alive with only one 
arm than to be dead with two. So, he took 
radical action. 
   In Matthew 5 Jesus said, So if your 
eye - even your good eye - causes you to lust, 
gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for 
you to lose one part of your body than for your 
whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your 
hand - even your stronger hand - causes you to 
sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better 
for you to lose one part of your body than for 
your whole body to be thrown into hell (verses 
29"30 NLT). 
   Now, Jesus wasnt speaking literally 
here, because even if you cut off your right hand, 
for instance, you could still sin with your left 
   The heart of the problem is the problem 
of the heart. It all comes down to the heart. 
Thats why you must decisively and quickly deal 
with whatever causes you to fall into sin. 
   So, do what needs to be done. [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


   I am often reminded of the importance of 
what I allow to remain in my heart (thoughts and 
attitudes). A guard keeps watch over an area in order to 
keep it safe, and that is what God wants us to do 
concerning our heart. 
   What is in our hearts will eventually be 
demonstrated in one way or another, so it is pointless to 
think that we can hide what is in our heart. Our 
thoughts and attitudes affect us in either a positive 
or a negative way. As Gods Word teaches, the 
very springs of life flow out of the heart. 
   Are you carefully guarding your heart on 
a regular basis? If not, please begin doing so 
right away. 
   Father, help me guard my heart and only 
allow things to dwell in me that are pleasing to 
You. [My Time with God by Joyce Meyer] 


We may close every door to impure imaginings 
and unholy thoughts by lifting the soul into the 
presence of God through sincere prayer. SC99 


Proverbs 4:23 - Your Mind and Your Destiny.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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