Keeping the Flow

“Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

I used to think that the term “guard” in Proverbs 4:23 meant the term as a noun and implied to set a impenetrable fortress around one’s heart to protect it from harm. I was partially incorrect. It does imply setting an impenetrable fortress around the heart to protect it from harm, but the term “guard” in this scripture is more accurately a verb, not a noun. A noun translates into a solitary fact which is unalterable, but, as a verb, it is an action word. A word better explained as “being aware”, “being intently watchful”, “to keep”, “to guard against offense”. Offense is a tricky thing. That is why we need to be guarded against it. But it is important to realize that as Cristians, our opposition to offense is not defense…that is God’s position. “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’” (Romans 12:19). In our opposition to offense, we lament to God then commit to being watchful for His expression of His answer to us and His expression of dealing with the issue of concern. Habakkuk gives the perfect example in chapter two verse one. After expressing his heart-woes in chapter one, he states that he will not only wait to let God answer, but he will rise above all else while he is waiting so that he will not be distracted. We should follow suite and place our trust in God to keep us in His peace according to His righteousness (Isaiah 26:3). In keeping us, He is that active guard for our hearts. But our diligence/vigilance must be to seek Him above all else. Jeremiah 17:5-8 details the curse that is upon a person who trusts in their (or other man’s) counsel while negating God as well as the blessing that is before the one who presses onward with their trust fully in God. Then, in verse 9, he gives the reason why — the heart is full of deceit. The human heart without God can only make a feeble attempt at self-preservation. The only method for inciting this requires the closure of all routes to the heart (affections), both inward and outward. In other words, there is no expression of true peace or true joy because the heart becomes dry, brittle, and bitter because of the lack of “living water”. Jesus is that “living water” (John 7:37). A dehydrated human heart can not properly coordinate the necessary signals and rhythms required for sustaining life. And neither can a dehydrated spiritual heart.

“Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds— ‘All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!’”
‭‭John‬ ‭7:37-38‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 TPT

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