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Guarding Your Heart

By Andy Elmes

Key Verse: 

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

  • In these verses, the writer of this proverb, Solomon, encourages us to place great importance on protecting our hearts.
  • What does he mean by our heart? The physical organ or the inner man?

Hebrew word for Heart lēḇ 

    • Inner man, mind, will, heart & understanding.
    • Inner Part of you.
    • Mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory
    • Seat (throne) of all appetites, emotions and passions and of courage


  • This heart is not the physical blood pump of a person but rather the central core place, inner person or soul of a person.
  • This part of us needs protection because it is the part of us that can be most affected or vulnerable to things like fear and anxiety!
  • The heart is the engine room of us that experiences manages and processes things like fear, anxiety and worry, as well as joy, happiness and hope.
  • Solomon calls for us to be a watchman concerning:
    1. What is trying to get in.
    2. What you allow or welcome in.
  • The Devil wants you to have a heart attack by attacking your heart.
    • John 10:10
    • Luke 21:26
  • Fear is a root that causes other things like worry, anxiety, depression, hopelessness.


But What is it to Guard?

  • Visual example: To be like a doorman or bouncer at the entrance of your life.


Guard – Hebrew word – nāṣar 

    • To guard, watch, watch over, keep
    • To preserve, guard from dangers.
    • To keep, observe, guard with fidelity.
    • To be a watchman 
  • We may be living in fear-filled times, but we should have peace-filled hearts.
  • God did not give us fear and so we do not need to let it in. 2 Timothy 1:7 


God wants you to know His peace and to be kept in “perfect peace”.

Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 


We can know peace that comes from Jesus.

John 14:27 NKJV

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  • Not worldly peace, which is fickle and temporary, rather God’s peace which is stable and constant.
  • This verse calls us to control the activity happening within our hearts!
John 16:33 (NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  


This is Jesus saying, “Don’t worry, I got this”!
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus

  • God’s peace is the other doorman that protects the entrance of your life.


Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

  • Let (allow) the peace of God not fear from the devil or this world rule in you.
  • Rule = brabeuō  – to be an umpire, decide, determine, direct & control,


How to get more peace?

  1. Time with Jesus Prince of Peace
  2. Time in the Word hearing His thoughts and promises

13th March 2022