From the Inside Out (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 67)
Mark 7:15 (NLT)
It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.
Do you pay attention to what goes into your body? Do you watch the food you eat, the way you diet, the weight you gain or don’t gain? When your body calls with ailments and illnesses, do you pick up the phone and take action? What about your heart? Do you care what goes into your heart as much as what goes into your body?
The answer for many of us is no. We don’t take exemplary care of our hearts and souls as much as we do our bodies. But we should. Jesus tells us that it is not so much what we eat and drink that makes us unhealthy, but what we allow to come from our hearts and souls that kill us the most. Our bodies matter very little compared to what comes from our hearts.
Watching our hearts helps us to guard against evil, sin, and negativity. It allows us to open our minds up to live freely and abundantly — the way God wants us to live. Envy, lust, pride, rebellion, evil thoughts all have a way of creeping in on us if the door to our hearts and souls is left wide open. Choose to allow God to cover your heart in the blood of His Son.
Your heart is valuable. It is who you are at your very core. It is worth your time and effort in guarding it from all manner of trash and evil. From your heart flows everything else you do. Thoughts, actions, words come from your heart. A bad heart affects everything and everyone negatively, while a good heart has the opposite effect. Ask God to help you live out your faith according to His will for your life.
“Guarding is a proactive choice to protect what matters most. In other words, we’re not to deliberately put something of worth where it won’t be valued.”
— Holley Gerth