My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil. Proverbs 4:20-27 (NLT)
Penetrate Deeply Into Your Heart
Will you pay attention to what I say? Will you listen carefully to my words? Will you keep your eyes focused intently on my word? Will you allow my word to penetrate deeply into your heart? Will you allow my word to bring life and healing to your entire being? Do you know why I am asking you all these questions? Do you understand the importance of my word? I think I do know why you are asking me all these questions. I think I do know the importance of your word. I do know why your word is of utmost importance in my life. Let me hear your thoughts. Say what you are thinking out loud. My entire being is under attack. This world is full of temptation and evil. This world and all the evil in it would like nothing better than to sidetrack my life. This world and all the evil in it would like to divert my attention and take me off course, far away from your purpose and plan for my life. The battleground and where I am under attack, is in my heart and mind. I need to take the utmost care in guarding my heart and mind and life from the evil that is in the world. What I allow my heart and mind to feel and think will certainly determine the entire course of my life. What I allow my heart and mind to feel and think will determine the health of my entire being. It will not be nearly enough to guard my heart and mind and steer clear of evil. That is a very good first step. That step alone, however, will not bring me victory. I must also allow your word to deeply penetrate my heart. I must allow your word to continually change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. My full attention and entire focus need to be on you and your word. Only then, will I be able to walk a straight and safe path. Only then, will I be able to know and do your will, without being sidetracked. Then I will be able to hear and follow and obey you. Then my life will be filled with the health and wholeness you have for me. You have answered my questions well. Keep on allowing my word to penetrate deeply into your heart. Yes, I will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I will allow your word to penetrate deeply into my heart. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Keep me on a straight and safe path so I don’t get sidetracked by evil. I will hear and follow and obey your word. Amen
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