Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (358 words)
Proverbs 4:23 (ESV): "23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life."
The heart is the central command center of the person. In Jewish culture, it is a reference to the mind. The spiritual heart is the center of all emotions and decisions so keeping it with all diligence is required if you want to live a life honoring to God.
Solomon describes for us here where all of our issues in life spring from...the spiritual heart which is the mind. It's interesting that Solomon calls this out for so a person thinks so a person goes. If you think corrupt thoughts you will live a corrupt life. If you think wholesome thoughts you will live wholesomely. That is why it's crucial that we guard our hearts (minds), that we are vigilant with what we allow in for it will affect where we go and what we do.
Paul said, "let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus also" (Phil 2:5). Jesus's thought life directed His physical life. He thought about pleasing the Father and doing His will and thus He did that. Life is all about a mindset. No wonder Paul goes on to say in Philippians 4:8 (ESV): "8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Don't let your mind wander Christian. Be vigilant taking every thought captive. It will determine your steps. Amen?
Father, we thank You that You give us insight and wisdom to live life in an honoring way to You. We know without the life-giving blood of Your Son, along with the Spirit of God within us, a holy life would be impossible. However, we must also be willing to keep our hearts with vigilance. Convict us of thoughts that make us stray and let us catch sin before it starts by taking every thought captive. Give us the insight to do so we pray in Jesus' name, amen!