Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. - Proverbs 4:23
The Mind of a person is a place where the most amount of bloodshed has happened and still happens today. Dreams have been killed, Ideas have been killed, And worse still, People have been killed (by words & evil thoughts)
Our Antagonist - the devil, has been defeating us on this ground since the world began. See, our countries have such civil forces as the Police & the Army, in place, for the maintenance of public order, but the place that lends itself to the service of colossal amounts of thought traffic - our minds, have nothing & no one to police it
The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your mind for out of it flow the issues of life”. That word “guard” is the Hebrew word ‘naw-tsar’ which means “to watch”, as in, watching as a Watchman - watching to guard.
Now Imagine you have to guard your house, will you guard your house from the inside or from the outside? Will you setup guard at the gate or inside the gate? You will surely not setup guard inside the place you’re guarding, but outside.
“The Mind is the Gate to the Spirit”
The Bible tells us to guard the mind because The Mind is that Gate and the Only Gate to the Spirit.
Now you might have heard people tell you that the eye, the ears, the mouths are Gates, sure they are, but they are not Gates to your Spirit, they are Gates to your Mind
See the mind is the only Gate to your Spirit, all the other Gates lead not to your Spirit, but to your Mind (see the image below)
Take your house, for example, it has a single door at the entrance. When you enter through that door, do you suddenly reach your Bathroom? No, you reach the Living Room and then there is another door that leads to the Bathroom.
In the very same way, what you see, what you hear & what you speak go to your Mind, and from the Mind into the Spirit. The destination of those things you see, hear, speak etc. is the Spirit, sure, but they cannot reach there without first passing through the Mind.
That is why the Bible says, “God is Spirit” (John 4:24) and Jesus is the head (Col 1:18). Haha, you didn’t catch that! That’s a deep revelation right there.
This is why we have to use the name of Jesus to ask God for anything (John 16:23) because you cannot communicate with the Spirit without first going through the Mind
Your Spirit holds the future - your desires, your calling, every day of your life that is pre-ordained by God. An attack to the mind is actually an attack with a purpose to enter the Spirit - the inner man
The word ‘heart’ appears 800 times in the Bible but never does the Bible refer to the human heart - the organ that pumps blood. There are specifically two hearts from the Bible that I want to speak to you about:
The word : ‘לֵב’
The word : ‘καρδία’
Proverbs 4:23 and Matthew 12:34, juxtaposed, return astonishingly instructive results. Let me explain that simply:
I don’t know about you but that revelation just blew my mind 🤯
I’ll leave you now, take sometime and think about what you need to do. May the Lord guide your steps (Prov 3:5-6). God bless you! Shalom!
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