Arguably, Proverbs is the most practical book in the Bible. Every line is flowing with God’s wisdom. Indeed the book of Proverbs is categorized as a book of wisdom. In this book, you will discover wisdom for so many areas of life—money, marriage, and work. Most anything you are concerned about, you will find God’s wisdom here in the book of Proverbs.
Sunday, I turned to the wisdom discovered in Proverbs 4:20-27 for the basis of my morning worship message. In this passage, we discover 5 areas to guard.
Our ability to guard these five areas may well determine the way 2018 goes for us.
Guard Your Mind! (20-22)
Guard Your Heart! (23)
Guard your Mouth! (24)
Guard your Eyes! (25)
Guard your Decisions! (26-27)
The words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6 are a good reminder of how we are to guard.
1. We are to be strengthened by the Lord and His vast strength.
2. Put on the full armor of God—truth, righteousness, the Gospel of peace, faith, and salvation.
3. Take up the Sword of the Spirit—the Word of God.
4. Pray at all times in the Spirit.
One hundred sixty years ago, Spurgeon preached a sermon on Proverbs 4. He gave this wonderful example that is just as true today as it was 160 years ago. He said guarding our hearts is like a city required to guard its water source for its citizens. They must (1) tap into a pure source, (2) they must take care of what flows in, and (3) they must continue to test what flows out.
Have you, first of all, tapped into the right source—Jesus? Are you taking care of what flows in? Are you eliminating the rotten stuff and allowing God’s Holy Word to pour in? What is flowing out?
(This post is based on the message “Guard!” which you can watch at fbclaf.org/video)