Good evening y’all today we are looking at proverbs chapter 4. There are a lot of lessons to glean from this chapter but I want to focus on verses 20 -27
Be blessed 🙂
“Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust”. (Proverbs 4:20-27 MSG)
“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil”. (Proverbs 4:20-27 NLT)
These verses speak for themselves and stress the importance of guarding our heart and making sure we fill it with Gods words.
King David in Psalm 119 : 11 said “thy word have I hidden in my heart that I may not sin against You”. If we have Gods word hidden in us, it will come to mind when we need it and help us not to habitually sin against God. If we have nothing stored up then we are stranded.
Our heart is the seat of decisions and judgements. Jesus said in Luke 6:45 that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”. (Luke 6:45 NKJV)
If we fill our hearts with evil thoughts, then we will only produce evil but on the other hand if we fill our hearts with good thoughts, then we will produce good. We need to guard our hearts by carefully selecting the thoughts we allow in.
Philippians 4: 8 says: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”. (NLT)
Verse 24!!!!! (***Covering my eyes***). We should be careful what we say with our mouths. Avoid careless banter !!!! (Gosh I’m so guilty of this…I’m still work in progress). No white lies or gossip or blue lies, call it whatever you want, we are told to avoid it.
Let’s examine our heart today. Are we filling it with the word of God or the things of this world?
You are what you feed your heart….
Dear Lord thank you for today. Pls help us guard our hearts with all diligence. Give us the grace to feed our hearts with your word and put careless words far from our lips. Thank you dear Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen
Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thoughts on the chapter
Have a blessed evening 🙂
***With God all things are possible***