Grace Fellowship (Rusk, Texas)
Guard Your Heart
  • Guard Your Heart

    Proverbs 4:20–27 NKJV
    My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

    Our world is broken

    Government is broken.
    Educational systems are broken.
    Religious systems are broken.
    Families are broken.
    Marriages are broken.
    Hearts are broken.

    Our world is polluted (corrupt)

    Genesis 6:11–12 NKJV
    The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
    By sin
    By selfishness
    By lust
    By pride
    By power
    By greed
    By deception

    Our world is hostile

    Political hostility
    Racial hostility
    c. Hostility against police
    d. Gender hostility
    e. Economic hostility
    f. Religious hostility

    Guard your heart

    We can’t always escape the brokenness, corruption, and hostility of the world around us, but we can take steps to keep it from getting inside our heart.
    Proverbs 4:23 NKJV
    Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
    We must learn not to trust or “follow” our heart.
    Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
    “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
    We are responsible for what we allow to pass in and out the gateway of our heart.
    What we allow to get inside will eventually come out.
    Luke 6:45 NKJV
    A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
    "What is in the well of the heart will come up in the bucket of the mouth." (EKH)

    How do you guard your heart?

    Guard your MOUTH
    Proverbs 4:24 NKJV
    Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.
    A “deceitful” mouth is a one that speaks contrary to the truth.
    “Perverse” lips are impure speech or conversation.
    Commit to telling yourself the truth. Don’t deny or lie against the truth.
    James 3:14 NKJV
    But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
    Guard your EYES
    Proverbs 4:25 NKJV
    Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.
    Don’t allow your eyes to wander in desire for what is unwise or forbidden.
    Guard your FEET
    Proverbs 4:26–27 NKJV
    Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.
    Don’t stray into the path of the wicked.
    Don’t stray into the path of the immoral.
    Don’t stray into the path of the ungodly.
    Don’t stray into the path of the unbeliever.
    1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV
    Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

    Surrender your HEART to Jesus

      • Proverbs 4:20–27NKJV

      • Genesis 6:11–12NKJV

      • Proverbs 4:23NKJV

      • Jeremiah 17:9NKJV

      • Luke 6:45NKJV

      • Proverbs 4:24NKJV

      • James 3:14NKJV

      • Proverbs 4:25NKJV

      • Proverbs 4:26–27NKJV

      • 1 Corinthians 15:33NKJV

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