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Proverbs 4:23-26 instructs believers to, "above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your e...
The word 'keep' (KJV) in Proverbs 4:23 is translated from the Hebrew word 'natsar' (Strong's concordance 05341), and means: to guard, (to protect, maintain, obey, etc.) or (to conceal, etc.) besieged, hidden thing, keep(-er, -ing), monument, observe, preserve(-r), subtil, watcher(-man). In other words, it means to watch over (the gates of) your heart with persistent effort. Every sin proceeds from the heart (Mark 7:21), and the 'gates' are the 5 senses; but particularly the eyes and the ears. The things we see (or watch, read) and the things we hear or listen to contribute a great deal to the things we think about; and our actions proceed from our thoughts. So, guarding our hearts involve guarding all the gates to the heart to be sure nothing that pollutes gets in. Rather, God's promise for Good Success in life is for those who meditate on the word of God day and night (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3).
Anoint your heart daily with the promises and the instruction of the Word, protecting it and keeping it tender with the Lord's mercies.
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