Guard Your Heart and Mind
It is during times of weakness you need to guard your heart and mind so that you don’t allow negative thinking to take root.
All Christians, at one time or another, experience weakness. We could be tired, sick, experiencing loss of some kind, etc. It is often during these times when the enemy strikes and tries to manipulate our weakness.
I have been experiencing a real lack of sleep lately. I have had my dogs for 7 years now and all of a sudden, after starting my blog, they have begun waking me up in the middle of the night…every night.
I am a very light sleeper, unlike my husband who sleeps like a rock. So I wake up at even the slightest of noises.
I have one dog that has to move to various parts of the room throughout the night and his nails hit the hardwood floors like tap shoes!
Then the other dog has to lick his paws for what seems like an eternity. He does it so long it wakes me out of a sound sleep. I am convinced that is the most annoying sound on the planet!
Once I am awake, my brain thinks it is time to start thinking of EVERYTHING I have been too busy to think about during the day. Next thing I know, an hour has passed and I am still awake!
After this goes on for DAYS, it leaves me depleted mentally and physically. I find it difficult to focus during the day and even my prayers change.
I can’t tell you how many times I will be in prayer and just throw up my hands and say “Sorry Lord…I am just wiped out. I’ve got nothing! I don’t even know what to say!”
After some time it can lead to feeling depressed because you feel like you just can’t keep up with life! You feel like you let everyone down because they want to do things and you just don’t have the energy. You feel like life is just getting away from you.
Then that despondent feeling just affects everything else and starts a vicious cycle.
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Why It’s Important to Guard Your Heart
It is so vital during these times to keep guarding your heart and mind.
Proverbs 4:23 says:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
The Hebrew for “guard” here is “natsar” and it means “to keep, observe, guard with fidelity, watchman”
Watchmen in the Bible guarded the cities. They kept a watch out for enemies and alerted those in the city of any threat!
The Bible says of the heart “everything you do flows from it”!
Everything I do flows out of my heart! When I fail to set a guard, a watchman, over my heart, I let the enemy trample right in through the walls!! It is like leaving a city unguarded from its enemies!
What are you doing to set a watchman, a guard, over your heart?
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Watchman On The Wall
Philippians 4:6-7 says:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The peace of God will guard your hearts and minds IN CHRIST JESUS!
We have direct access to God through Christ Jesus! We can approach Him at any time. The veil of the temple was torn in two giving us direct access to the Holy of Holies and yet so often we sit outside and wait for the enemy to attack before we run to Him.
When The Enemy Strikes
We have failed to set watchmen. We wait until the weakness comes, we wait until the attack comes.
I wasn’t doing anything to prevent the attack from coming until AFTER it took place. By then I was exhausted and worn out.
What an ingenious plan for an enemy isn’t it? Wait until the army is exhausted and worn out and then wage the battle!
I need to seek God and His peace before there is a lack of sleep! When we are in the ministry of any kind, the enemy is going to attack our weaknesses. Mine is lack of sleep! But I didn’t cover myself in prayer for it until AFTER it was an issue!
I did not set watchman on the wall!!
Out of our heart, EVERYTHING we do flows from it. It affected everything..especially blogging! I told a friend I was tapped out! I couldn’t write! I had topics, I had ideas but the words wouldn’t come! I had a block and nothing I did worked! My writing flows from my heart, but my heart was left unguarded!
Be sure you are guarding your heart and mind!
Set a watchman on the wall and don’t wait for the attack to act!!
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