Before the Cross: 7 Ways to Guard Your Heart

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Devotional

Vigilance is defined as the action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties. That’s exactly what God calls us to do with our hearts. We are to pay extra attention to our hearts and watch them closely. There will be dangers and difficulties we will for sure face in this life, and we should be ready.

Jesus has done everything for us. Literally, everything. We are forgiven for all of eternity. What He did on the cross and how He rose from the dead was enough and will always be enough, and now as followers of Jesus, let’s remain loyal and faithful to God in everything we do.

The springs of life…where someone does all thinking, feeling, and choosing, don’t come into our hearts from external circumstances but rather flow from our hearts through the Holy Spirit. At the end of the day, what you do reveals your heart.

Jesus has already done everything for us and we are forgiven for all of eternity.

1. Protect Everything That Comes In

Everything is competing for our time, money, and resources. Just turn on the TV or go anywhere, and you’ll quickly be hit with anything and everything that wants your attention. Music, videos, sex, books, language, power, money, and pride are some examples.

We need to use wisdom in what we allow into our hearts. We only have a limited time each day to make much of God, so what are we being influenced by, listening to, or looking at?

Train your eyes to look away from lust. Listen to wisdom instead of folly. Protect yourself from harm's way and a culture that is anti-God and replace it with Godly things. Your heart will then remain protected.