Guard Your Heart

Feb 16, 2023    Emani K. McKenzie

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life."

Proverbs 4:23 (MSG)

"Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts."


A) To protect from danger, especially by watchful attention: make secure.

B) To watch by way of caution or defense: stand guard.

Luke 6:45 (NIV)

"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings

evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."

Proverbs 27:19 (NIV)

"As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart."

Proverbs 27:19 (NLT)

"As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person."

1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

"But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected

him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Matthew 15:8 (NKJV)

‘These people [a] draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.”

Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV)

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he

who does the will of My Father in heaven. And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew

you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Joel 2:12-13 (NIV)

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and

mourning.” 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is

gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending


1 Peter 5:5 (AMPC)

"Likewise, you who are younger and of lesser rank, be subject to the elders (the ministers and

spiritual guides of the church)—[giving them due respect and yielding to their counsel]. Clothe

(apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant,] so that its covering

cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] toward one

another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful,

the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives

grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.”

2 Corinthians 7:1 (MSG)

"With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that

defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples

for the worship of God."