Proverbs 4:23 - GUARD YOUR HEART!!!

Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV) Keep your heart with 
all diligence, For out of it spring the issues 
of life.  

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 


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 serious about what we allow to 
captivate our hearts. He wants us to give Him and His 
Word first place because He knows this is best 
for us. "Keeping" our heart involves guarding it 
from being consumed by even good things, such as 
work, hobbies, ministry, or even family. Even a 
godly desire can capture our hearts in an ungodly 
way. When every prayer and every conversation 
revolves around "that thing," that may be the thing 
we need to bring to the Lord and set down. 
   When Netflix became big a few years ago, 
a friend offered me a subscription. I was 
fascinated because I desired to write for television 
someday. So, for "research" purposes, I started 
watching one show after another and soon found myself 
binge watching into the wee hours. (The streaming 
services are great at "suggesting" new programs you 
might like even before you've finished the last 
one: click here for the next binge.) So for 
months I let crime stories, mysteries, dark 
political dramas, and unholy romances into my heart 
nightly. What started as an innocent pastime became 
more like a drug. I forgot about other after-work 
obligations in order to have my fix. 
   Fortunately, Jesus is the friend who 
sticks closer than a brother. He helped me see how 
these shows were slowly warping my view of real 
people and my attitude toward life in general. 
Sarcasm and negativity were creeping into my heart 
and coming out of my mouth. Thank God, He 
interrupted my binge and turned my heart back toward 
things that are pure, lovely, and of good report 
(Philippians 4:8). Pamela Toussaint Howard 
   Faith Step: What are you bingeing on? 
Talk to Jesus. Listen and obey. [Mornings With 
Jesus 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 


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 


   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.


Proverbs 4:23 - GUARD YOUR HEART!



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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