Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.
Diligence=earnestness in accomplishing, promoting, or striving after anything. To give all diligence, interest one's self most earnestly.
Heart in this text is referencing the mind.
We are warned in this text to guard our thoughts. Do not allow them to become polluted for out of our thoughts are the issues of our lives formed.
The mind of a man reflects who he or she really is. What we say and do is a reflection of what is in our mind. What's in our mind determines our attitude and our action in all circumstances, therefore we must be very careful about what we allow our mind to receive.
When negative thoughts that are contrary to God's word come to your mind you MUST reject them IMMEDIATELY! Do not allow them to linger. Rebuke and reject those lies of the enemy. You do not have to say it out loud you can say it within yourself. I do this throughout the day.
Thoughts come to us from left to right all day long. We encounter people all day long on a daily basis and we also have to deal with ourselves and our own issues that also causes us to think contrary to what the Word of God says about us and our situation so we must prepare our minds ahead of time by daily study and meditation of the word and prayer.
The driving home point is that we must take captive our every thoughts! God has given us permission in His Word to do just that.
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
When a thought comes to me that is not of God concerning me, my family or any situation I immediately say within myself or out loud if I am alone "satan, I rebuke that thought and the blood of Jesus is against you and every thought you attempt to bring to me that is not of God."
Now this is me speaking concerning the thoughts that comes to me that are not of God that attempts to take up residence in my mind. This is what I say to them to guard my heart from negative thoughts and attitudes within myself that creeps up sometimes without us realizing it.
Believe it or not but we as the people of God are constantly fighting unseen forces of evil in the realm of the spirit in our minds daily. The demonic forces of evil is a constant against a child of God. The good news is that we can fight against them with the Word of God and prayer.
Do not allow your mind to be someone else dumping ground for their trash.
Mark 7:15 It's not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.
What we allow to process in our thoughts be it good or evil, will produces itself through our words and our actions.
People of God, minimize the trash that you allow others to dump into your mind.
Guarding our heart (mind) requires us to have something to replace those negative thoughts with. What better than the Word of God? Nothing! God gave it to us to use it so use it!
We must allow the word of God to transform our thoughts and our thinking.
In scripture we are given the antidote needed to guard our hearts against wrong thinking.
Let's listen to Philippians 4:8 Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart.
People of God, we must keep in mind that wrong thinking not only produces wrong words out of out mouth and wrong actions but they also hinder our spiritual growth and development.
As God's people we should be growing daily in the wisdom and knowledge of God's truth. This takes place as we daily renew our minds with the word of God.
Romans 12:2-Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him.
People of God, guarding our heart is critical to experiencing all that God desires for our life.
When we come to the realization of the treasure that God has given us with what is known as the "mind" and the opportunity to fill it with His Word daily against any spiritual attacks that may come against us, we should truly be counting our blessings that we have not been left to ourselves to go crazy.
When we guard our heart with diligence and work the plans of our lives according to God's road map in His bible, we will then be putting ourselves in a position to receive all that God has for us.
We must be diligent to keep our hearts because the condition of our heart will affect everything else.
Create in us a clean Heart O Lord and renew a right spirit within us.
People of God,keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.