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How Do We Guard Our Hearts?

 Proverbs 4:23, NKJV, NLT2; Matthew 15:18-19, NKJV; NCV

How do we guard our hearts?

We have to control our thought life. (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV)
Our thinking determines our behavior. Our behavior is not only based on what we see or say but what we think. If we want to change our behavior, we have to change what we think. Achievements good or bad are results of our thought life. (Philippians 4:8-9, NLT2) Our thought life and actions are the only way to have lasting joy and happiness. If you want more joy shift your focus from yourself; Joy comes as a result of being unselfish. (Philippians 2:17-18, NCV; Philippians 4:4-5, TLB)

We guard our hearts by God’s Word. (Psalm 119:11, NKJV)
To hide God’s Word in your heart means to memorize and meditate on it day and night. Right meditation leads to the right motivation. (Psalm 119:97-98, NLT2; Psalm 1:2-3, NKJV; Proverbs 2:10-11, NCV; Jeremiah 15:16, TLB)

Remember the danger of wrong thinking. (Genesis 6:5-7, NKJV; Genesis 6:8, NKJV; Matthew 15:19, NLT2)
There is nothing we can do to make God loves us less. There are things we do like that grieves God’s heart. (Ex. murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, slander, and gossip) (Mark 7:21-23, NLT2; Titus 1:15-16, NLT2)

Control where you go and who you go with. (1 Corinthians 15:33, NKJV, CEV)
Don’t date or marry a non-practicing person even if they claim to be a Christian. Show me your friends and I’ll show you your past, present, and future. (Proverbs 27:19, TLB)We need to run our friendships through the relational grid:
Affiliation – Who are they?
Participation – What are they doing?
Destination – Where are they going?

How do you know if they are the right person?
Do they motivate me to love God more? (Hebrews 3:13, NIV)
Do they celebrate God’s Blessings in my life? (Proverbs 11:10, NLT)
Do they have my back? (Proverbs 17:17, NIV)
Do they hold me accountable out of love and friendship? (Proverbs 27:6, NIV)
Do they live what they believe? (Psalm 119:63, NIV)
Do they have the right they in their lives? (2 Corinthians 6:14, NIV)