Putting up Walls: Protecting Your Heart

We all do it.   Putting up walls around our heart to protect us from more pain.  More hurt.

And we think we’re doing it to be safe.

Only the walls that we put up sometimes become our prison.

What we think we’ve done to protect ourselves has, in reality, caused us to hide behind the wall, curled up in a ball and waiting, while we fret and worry and fear the worst.

“Guarding your heart” is a biblical principle, but if we don’t gain the right perspective on what that means, we very likely will end up with a not-so-normal heartbeat that is controlled by our emotions or feelings. While it is not normal to isolate ourselves from the world out of fear or trepidation, the emotions that we feel are normalGrief, pain, sorrow, rejection, fear and anxiety can creep in behind that wall of isolation and take us captive.

“Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” Proverbs 4:23

So how do we do it?  How do we guard our heart when our very life depends on it? What is the remedy when these emotions don’t just stop by for a visit–but barge in and take over our heart?  Our mind?  Is there an anecdote to the fear or worry or grief that threatens to consume us?

Ephesians 6 tells us:

“For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. ” (vs. 12-13)

Remember, the enemy we fight is not one to be fought alone.  God is the creator of our emotions, and though Satan would love to use them against us, this battle that rages within us has a victor!  His name is Jesus.  Master, Savior, Redeemer, Friend.  He is the one who conquered evil.  He is the one that opens the door to the spiritual realm and invites us to follow Him into battle.

“This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.”  (v. 13)

Taking up armor is hard work.  Preparedness.  Commitment.  Stamina.

There are other verses that talk about idleness and the dangers of lethargy–but let’s focus on the process of being ready to “stand guard”:

“Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faithand with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvationand the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.” (vs. 14-17)

I know it isn’t easy.  This battle is bigger than us.  God-given emotions are a natural part of this life but this gift of emotions was never intended to control us.  God wants to fill our hearts and our minds with His truth, but He places the responsibility on us to absorb the truth.

Can you just see how this armor that he talks about is for our good?  For our protection?  What piece of the armor are you missing?

It all starts with FAITH.  If you want to know what that looks like go to the link here>>>>>>    FAITH

2 replies »

  1. Oh, my! I needed to read this today! Just this morning, I felt prompted to read Eph 6 and put on the armor of God, not even really understanding what that means. You have no idea what this means for me today!


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