Keep the Word in your heart - Proverbs 4:20-23

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

The victory in the Christian life comes when we believe with all our hearts (Acts 8:37). The Christian's born-again spirit is always in faith, so we have to get our souls, or our minds and emotions, in agreement with our spirits.

In Mark chapter 4, Jesus tells us the parable of the sower: “… there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up….” While explaining the parable, He revealed that the seeds that fell by the wayside represented those who heard the Word and didn’t understand it; hence Satan came immediately and stole the Word from their hearts (Mark 4:3-4, 14-15).

The first time I read this portion of Scripture, I was amazed that Satan could steal the Word of God. But then I realized he could only steal it from those who don’t understand it. Also, many lose the Word in their heart through fear, which is a manipulative tool of the enemy. Never give room to fear in your heart, for fear chokes the Word. Rather, through faith, receive the engrafted Word of God into your spirit and safeguard it therein.

Everything in life stems from the Word of God, in your heart, and the devil is bent on stealing it from you. Therefore, you’re to mount guard over your heart and safeguard the Word in your spirit. The way to do this is through prayer and meditation. So, when you hear the Word, as you’ve done even now, don’t neglect to drive it deep into your heart by meditation, and by prayer!