Have you had your Joy Juice today? Keep your heart prepared to receive generous portions of joy in the Lord!
When God tells us in Proverbs 4:23 to “guard your heart”, He doesn’t say, “if you feel like it” or “when it’s convenient” or “sometimes you need to be on guard.” He commands us: “Above all things….GUARD YOUR HEART!” It’s not a suggestion. He wants us to keep our hearts pure and right and ready to be blessed with His best.
To guard means to protect. When we protect our thoughts, our plans, our desires from ungodly things, then we will be guarding our heart in the way God intends. In her book 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, Liz Curtis Higgs points out why our heart is so important to God.
· It’s where we store His word: Job 22:22 says: “Lay up his words in your heart.”
· It’s where we respond to His invitation: Deut. 6:5 tells us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart.”
· It’s where we learn to trust Him. Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”
The author continues: “With our hearts safely in His hands, our lives flow in the right direction.”
Guard your heart and flow toward joy!