Guarding Our Heart
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” James 1:14 is the template that reveals the inner workings of a gap. It says, “But each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”
Our freedom was bought by Jesus’ shed blood. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” In Romans 6:1 Paul asked his readers, “…Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound?”
Verse 2 says, “Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Ask yourself: Do I live like I am encapsulated in true grace? When a ‘live’ tempting thought flits into our mind, we must instantly fight it through the truth of verse 11. It says, “…reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We can only effectively guard our heart when God’s word is hidden in it. His truth within is like a sentinel on duty 24/7. The moment the temptation comes, the sentinel alerts us through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:16 says, “…Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” That is why James said that we are enticed through the sin hidden in our hearts. It is illegal for an authentic follower of Christ to flirt with fleshly temptations. Flirting is synonymous with entanglement.