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Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart

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Social media is an amazing tool for spreading the word of God. That being said, it can also be a scary and misleading place. Much of it can be the unassuming stuff, at least for me. Scrolling through Instagram and Facebook for example. My eyes are assaulted with beautiful outfits, large followings, and tales of entrepreneurial success near and far. People are trying to sell me something left and right. I seem to have the attention span of a goldfish these days with push notifications, emails, and ads on my phone, laptop, iPad… everywhere. It is overwhelming. Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart

Last night I had a nightmare — yes, a full blown nightmare — that a lot of people in my life were starting their own websites and businesses. Their Instagrams and websites were blowing up, gaining traction from thousands of followers after only a couple of weeks. That’s the dream, isn’t it? I was envious. Wake up in a sweat, thank Goodness it was just a dream green-eyed envy. 

Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart
Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart
Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart

I’ve been at this blogging thing for a long time now. I write, but not a lot of people read. That’s okay, though, because I’m just happy to have a platform where I can write. That’s a blessing and a privilege I often take for granted. The joy in communing with God and sharing the Gospel are the reasons I write. 

Although, I do have to remind myself daily, sometimes hourly when I’m scrolling through social media and having those green feelings, why I started this blog. Sharing the Gospel, writing what’s on my heart, and connecting with others who do the same. Sadly, I fall into the trap of comparison. I measure myself up to others when it comes to blogging.

I know that my tendency to compare isn’t pretty. I’m breaking a commandment by envying what another person has, even when it is deep down in the depths of my heart. And I suppose that’s why that dream scared me so badly; it isn’t a reflection of who I am or who I want to be. It is a reflection of the sin that is in my heart. 

So, my love. It can be daunting to guard one’s heart. But God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. We can never fully escape from sin. But you can guard your heart. 

Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart
Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart

Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart

Examine your heart.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

I know the areas of my heart that are a little bit rusty. I know the faults and sin I am prone to. We all know, and the Lord especially. The Lord knows your heart like the back of his hand. Are you envious of others? Quick tempered? Deceitful? Proud? What are the sins that you succumb to so easily that you only realize what you’ve thought or done after the fact?

Do not divide your heart.

And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.” Matthew 12:25

Are you a compromising? The music you listen to, the things you spend your time reading and meditating on, and the hearts of the people you surround yourself influence your own heart. Be mindful and intentional with what you put into your mind and heart, because as Scripture states in Proverbs 4:23, “for out of it are the issues of life”. What you routinely put in, you routinely pour out.

Give Him your heart.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up; and understand my thoughts from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. Psalm 136:2

It sounds cliche. However, what good is knowing your sin and clinging to it? What good is knowing your sin and knowing that the Lord knows your sin… and still clinging to it? You are already laid bare before him. He searches and knows the depths of your heart. Confess your sin and give your heart, because he laid down his life so that you may find yours.

Abide with Him.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4

Going back to what you put in, is what you pour out… Spend time abiding with Jesus. Read and meditate on the word. It is your living, breathing, spiritual milk. You cannot bear spiritual fruit without abiding in the true vine!

I know I must not be the only one that has fallen victim to the idea that obeying the Lord is something that comes from me and is hard because sin is a part of me. But have you ever tried to stave off sin from the flesh? (Hint: impossible). The more time I spend drinking in the Lord’s presence, the easier and lighter the burden of my sin becomes. I’m no longer bound by sin and I abide in grace. Does that mean that I am okay with sinning? “By no means!”, but the more time I spend abiding in the vine, I find the fruit of the Spirit pours out of me and the weight of sin is easier to overcome.

But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. Romans 5:20-21 and 6:1-5

Conviction versus condemnation.

The Lord is your stronghold. The Spirit convicts you but will never condemn you. Listen to the Spirit. The enemy will lie to you. He will say things like, Why are you praying? If you aren’t going to pray every single day, then what is the point at all? You call yourself a disciple? And on and on… Going back to point number one, be discerning. Know the difference between conviction and condemnation. Conviction to change because your heart is aligned with the Lord’s is of the Spirit. Condemnation and negative self-talk and thoughts are of the enemy.

Thomas Watson once pointed out: Satan doth not tempt God’s children because they have sin in them, but because they have grace in them. Had they no grace, the devil would not disturb them. Though to be tempted is a trouble, yet to think why you are tempted is a comfort. Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart

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16 thoughts on “Have you examined your heart lately? | 6 Bible Verses to Guard Your Heart

  1. Hello Rachel, great post. I really love Proverbs 4:23. It’s a favorite of mine. Psalms 36:4 is a great verse, too.

  2. I, too, have dealt with some envy lately. Thank you for these great reminders! (Especially Romans 12:2).


    1. It’s my pleasure! I’m so happy this has been a reminder for you today. God bless!

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