“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
I don’t know about you, but my heart has been through quite a bit over the course of of the last couple months. With so much uncertainty around me I have felt despair hovering around me. That is not the half of it, is it? Hatred and violence spewing all over the world; add on to it the daily assualts of normal life, and your heart seems to be doomed.
But there is hope. For those who are in Christ you have been given a new heart. Jesus lives there now, so you have every reason to be joyful.
However, the Bibles still tells us over and over to protect our hearts. How do we do that?
We have to make sure we are speaking the truth over ourselves everyday so much so that we can more easily recognize when the dangerous arrows of the enemy come to discourage us.
Thomas Kelly writes that, “Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continously return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us to the intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto Itself.”
This is certainly not a time to stay complacent about your heart. You’ve got to be diligent to protect it by reminding yourself of who you are and who He is.
Make sure your morning devotion is not just about grabbing a nugget or two about God, but make sure you set your heart right. Spend some time writing down ten things that are true about you in Christ. Here are a handful to get you started…
You have been bought with a price.
You are redeemed.
You are forgiven of all sin.
You cannot be separated from God’s love.
You are God’s masterpiece.