“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”
Proverbs 4:23

Perhaps you are having issues in an area of your life, it might be easy to conclude that these issues are caused by different things, but sometimes it’s likely that it’s just one thing- you have not been guarding your heart.

The Bible encourages us to diligently guard our hearts because the state of our hearts affects virtually every aspect of our lives.

What you let come into your heart is what you’re eventually going to exhibit.

In fact, regardless of what you want to do many times, your actions would always be determined by the things you see and hear consistently.

This is why Apostle Paul instructs the church at Philippi to think on godly virtues.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Philippians 4:8-9

If you’re used to watching violent movies with lots of curse words, don’t be surprised that when you’re driving and another driver upsets you, you’ll respond just like they do in the movies.

If you let sexual thoughts dwell in your mind, you have already lost the battle before the actual temptation shows up.

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2:22

This is why you need to pay attention to the kind of movies you watch and music you listen to.

Instead of worrying about whether or not secular music is a sin, focus on edifying yourself. Don’t let stuff that can’t be preached to you be sung to you.

Don’t let words that you’d never confess to yourself become a part of your playlist.

If you don’t diligently guard your heart, the negative stuff you let in will effortlessly become part of your life.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Romans 12:2

Allow the words of Apostle Paul gain ground in your heart.

Don’t focus on the things- the patterns- of this world. Fix your gaze on the things of God and help others do same.

Guard your heart!