Keep Watch Over Your Heart

The bible instructs us to ensure that our hearts are always in the right place. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23 ESV). It is hard to keep the momentum of your life going when there are heart issues to be resolved. Heart issues will destroy you from inside-out. Keep watch over your heart. You must guard against things like envy, greed, strife and selfish ambition because according to James 3:14 – 16, these things will lead to disorder and evil of every kind.

When your heart is free from these evils, you will be able to focus on the more important matters of life. Nothing will hold you back. We have seen over and over again how heart issues have derailed even the most gifted and disciplined people. Greed is a very common example especially in the corporate world. It has been well documented that greed always derails people from their original mission. They start well and build up momentum, only to lose it all as they become greedy. Greed leads to envy, envy leads to strife and this will open the door to every other thing.

Your watch must begin from your heart. You must never forget why you set out in the first place. A pharmaceutical company set the price of a very important drug at half a million dollars per year per patient. They did that because they know their patients have no other options. And that public health care systems and insurance companies are willing to pay that amount. It is greed and it will corrupt whatever spiritual mission the company started with. Anger is another common example. Anger would destroy in a few minutes what took decades to build. After five or ten years of watching your world, would you still be in service of God or your own selfish ambitions? You must work hard to ensure your heart is always in the right place.

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