Guard Your Heart
By Kenneth E. Hagin *
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Prov. 4:23)
Proverbs 4:21 says, "Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart." You are to keep God's Word in your heart.
Then Proverbs 4:23 tells you to keep or guard your heart. How do you do that? By keeping the Word in your heart! How are you going to keep God's Word in your heart?
By meditating on God's Word continually. In other words, think deeply about it until it becomes a part of your inner conscience. Don't just memorize scriptures and forget them.
You can memorize scriptures and say them by rote, and they won't mean a thing in the world to you. Those verses are just in your mind. But, no, think on them until they get down into your heart. Feed on them. It will take a little time to do that. But, eventually, the scriptures will register on your heart.
God's words are life unto you and health, or medicine, to all your flesh. I don't know about you, but I never see myself sick. I always see myself well. If a need arises - whether it's healing or anything else - the first thing that pops into my mind is what the Bible says about it.
Many people start to panic if something comes along, saying, "Oh, dear Lord, what are we going to do now? What in the world are we going to do now?" They are not guarding their hearts when they do that.
I tell people all the time, "Know your Bible. If you can't find it in the Bible, don't accept it. Don't let it get into your heart. I don't want your faith to be in what I or another preacher says. I want your faith to be in what God's Word says. The Word does not fail."
Confession: Father, I will attend to Your Word. I will put Your Word first. I will incline my ear unto Your sayings. I will not let those words depart from before my eyes. I will keep them in the midst of my heart. I will walk in health and healing. I will walk in the life of God.
* Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church, Tulsa OK, USA. www.rhema.org