Guard Your Heart
Guard Your Heart is passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping believers to live, with a true heart, for the glory of God. The heart is the inner core of a person. From it flows the thoughts, feelings, desires, and choices defining who we are and what we value. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
God promises to give everyone believing on the Lord Jesus Christ a new heart and a new spirit. By divine decree, God replaces the heart of stone with a heart of flesh, a living heart from heaven above placed within to love and live and walk in God’s holy ways. (Ezekiel 36:26; Psalm 51:10; John 3:1-10)
The call to guard the heart may sound cliché but is a daily admonition given for nurturing and protecting the new heart placed within (2 Corinthians 1:23). Our response to guarding the heart keeps it untangled from the ways of the world and the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13). The call is to remain faithful to the Lord of Glory results in love, joy, and an inward peace unmatched by the world. About the call to guard the heart the Apostle Paul penned the following words:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:6-7)
In flow with Paul’s admonition is the biblical theme adopted for this site, which is: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)
Guard Your Heart is about living apart from the ways of the world; it is about living free from the power of sin and from those who glory in their shame; it is about walking on the pathway of righteousness where the peace of God keeps our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. It is about walking on the pathway of righteousness for his namesake (Psalm 23:3).
Jeff Laird is presently an editor for gotquestions.org assigned to BibleRef.com. Jeff is a columnist on blogos.org. Jeff’s role on Guard Your Heart is to ensure all articles are accurately written and theological sound.
Jeff’s focus is connecting spiritual truths to everyday experiences. He believes there’s much more to being a follower of Jesus Christ than just what you know. Like an engineer, he sees the importance of transforming spiritual truths into something that actually moves, in your life, and the life of others.
Jim Allen is a retired professional writer, and now volunteer staff writer for gotquestions.org. He is a cofounder and columnist on blogos.org, but now recently founder and columnist on Guard Your Heart. Jim’s focus is encouraging believers to live the Christian life by learning to guard the heart from the many wiles of wicket deception abounding in this evil day. (Ephesians 6:10:18)
Jim encourages everyone visiting Guard Your Heart to earnestly seek God through the Bible as one’s first choice for all instruction and questions about spiritual life. (John 16:13; Psalm 1:1-6) But if an article posted on this site is a blessing, give all honor and praise to the One who abundantly blesses all.
May all who serve and use this site glorify the Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11).
One weekend while in college I saw the movie entitled “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” While watching the movie I treasured the message of Gospel and remembered thinking at the time, “Oh, how I would like to have lived then and been one of his disciples.” This thought did not escape the Lord’s notice. He saw my heart then and placed before me a path that would one day lead to Him.
Within three years of the movie, I had developed an intense interest in the things of God. Though being led to salvation, I did not know nor would have ever imagined such a need. Unaware of what it meant to be lost, God was at work in my life. Time would pass before I understood the nature of sin and God’s hatred of it.
Someone was praying for me, I am sure…and in time I was led to salvation. Like the Tax Collector in Luke 18:13, God opened my eyes to see my sin and His sacrifice for that sin on the cross. I was heart broken, grieved, and humbled by the picture of it all.
After coming to Christ, change was slow to come because “soul transformation” is about exchanging a life one cannot keep for one that can never be earned. Change can be painful. God graciously and mercifully will not break a bruised reed or quench smoldering flax. (Isaiah 42:3) God knows man’s difficulty in overcoming the world, the flesh and walking in victory over the wiles of the devil. Because God good and kind, merciful and enduring, He will not abandon those called to salvation.
Some time ago I came across a commentary by Matthew Henry (Bible commentator) on 2 Corinthians Chapter 7. What you are about to read best describes my conversion experience. Henry writes:
2 Corinthians 7:10 teaches godly sorrow according to the will of God, inclining to the glory of God, and wrought by the Spirit of God, renders the heart humble, contrite, submissive, (broken) ready (eager) to mortify every sin, and to walk in newness of life. And this repentance is linked with saving faith in Christ, and an interest in his atonement…The happy fruits of true repentance are mentioned.
Where the heart is changed, the life will change and follow the ways of the living Christ. Godly repentance produces outrage at sin, at themselves, at the tempter and his instruments. Hatred of sin and a desire after holiness show that they have a part in the salvation of the gospel. It produces a fear of watchfulness, and a cautious fear of sin. It produces a desire to be reconciled with God.
It produces zeal for duty (serving in the kingdom), and opposing against sin. It wrought revenge against sin and their own folly, by endeavors to make satisfaction for injuries done thereby. Deep humility before God, abhorrence of all sin, with faith in Christ, a new heart and a new life (Love of Father and Son and brethren), make repentance unto salvation according to the Word of God.
May the Lord bestow it on every one of us.
What does Jesus Christ mean to me?
He is my life, my precious Lord and Savior. He is my only hope, a treasure found of infinite value. (Matthew 13:44–46; Colossians 3:1-10) I live in His presence, aware of His nearness and guiding hand. As the sun increases over the horizon by degrees, so my walk in the light glows brighter by the day, in Him. My greatest desire is to glorify the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. He is my first love, my life, my all in all, now and forevermore!
Now, looking back over the years, God sent people to help me find and walk in The Way. (John 14:6) Today (by the grace, mercy and kindness of God) I am serving the Lord of Glory as an ambassador a far kingdom, guardian of the Great Commission, and citizen of heaven with the promise of eternal life.
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The Heart – Seat of Holy Affections
The Hebrew nouns leb and lebab (Strong’s 3820) are synonymous words, which speak of a person’s inner being and therefore are often translated heart. To the Hebrews, the heart was the seat of the affections, will, and mind. One’s emotions and understanding were centered in the heart (Proverbs 15: 13, 14), thus blurring the common dichotomy between mind and heart, intellect and emotions. Therefore to have a “clean heart” (Psalm 51: 10) is to have pure thoughts and desires.
To have a “hardened heart” (Exodus 4: 21) or a “heart of stone” (Ezekiel.36: 26) is to have a closed mind and deadened emotions. Early in human history, God identified the human heart as the center of rebellion, producing all kinds of evil (Genesis. 8: 21). For this reason, people found it impossible to obey God’s simple command to love Him “with all [their] heart” (Deuteronomy 6: 5). To remedy this deplorable situation, God determined to replace their “stony heart” with a “heart of flesh,” one which would love and obey its Creator (Ezekiel. 36: 26, 27).
The NKJV Study – Kindle Locations 74070-74081 – Thomas Nelson.
For more information on guarding your heart, read the following article on Got Questions.
The Spirit – Source of Holy Affections
About holiness Jonathan Edwards wrote,
“There is a holy breathing and panting after the Spirit of God to increase holiness which is as natural to a holy nature as breathing is to a living body. If you’ve been given a new nature, then the longing for holiness is natural in this world. The true believer loves God in the first place for the beauty of His holiness. Instead of being something separable from salvation, holiness is the very purpose of salvation. And once a person is renewed, a life of holiness is instantly begun and a transformation of nature is continued and carried on,” says Edwards, “to the end of life until it is brought to perfection in glory.”
Note: Most verses cited in the articles on Guard Your Heart are NKJV with an occasional reference to other approved versions, such as ESV and NIV.