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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.
To guard your heart you have to put on the breatplate of righteousness. Jesus must become our righteousness because our righteousness is as filthy rags. We become the righteousness of God in Christ through salvation. It is a gift of God lest we might boast. All of our acts of goodness can not save us but it does prove we have changed. Our changing is a proof that Christ has become Lord of our life. That change is also called sanctification that is a on going process of the change inside taking root and changing us on the outside. Another way to guard your heart is to protect our ear gate and our eye gate. We do this by not watching movies or shows that involve profanity and nudity. We don't involve ourselves in lewd behavior or coarse conversation. Ephesians 5:4 The most important part of putting on the breatplate of righteousness is to guard our heart is in the memorization of scripture. The bible clearly says to write the scriptures on the tablets of your heart. Proverbs 7:3 Our head knowledge of the scriptures must become heart knowledge by loving and allowing the scriptures to be counsel, guidance, wisdom and knowledge that the word brings forth in our spirits. When I was a child, I thought as a child. When I became a man, I put those foolish ways away from me. 1st Corinthians 13 verse 11. Those three monkey statues of hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil, they tell us a lot visually if you put its message to practice in your daily living. You will be blessed for it. Saloam and Maranatha Jaybird
Proverbs 4:23-27 (Bible Note) Solomon tells us: Guard our hearts above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections lead you in the right direction. Don't go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and don't get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin.
The heart is the center of everything, your feet (where your feet go), your tongue (what you say), and your eyes (what you let yourself look at and gaze at). Solomon counsels his son, Rehoboam, to guard his feet (Proverbs 4:26-27), his heart (Pr 4:20-23), his tongue (Pr 4:24), and his eyes (Pr 4:25). “Guard your feet,” Rehoboam: Avoid evildoers by “mark(ing) out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe." “Guard your heart,” my son. Let wisdom guard it (Pr 4:21, 23) as your heart is the wellspring of your soul. “Guard your eyes,” Rehoboam, "Fix your eyes on what lies before you." (NLT)
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