Proverbs 4: 20 – 23 ——-My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes;Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
Guarding our heart is about listening to the Words of our wise Father. Treasuring these Words will bring health to our body. We should take this to mean that spending time in the Word will have benefits for our physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health. The above scripture goes so far to say that, in doing so, we are guarding our heart, which is the wellspring of life. Thus, in order to live a fulfilled life or to pour life into those around us, we need to guard our hearts, which starts by spending time in God’s Word.
When we attend the retreats, we take down notes but if we do not practice what we learn in our lives, we will not benefit. If our mind is not renewed in the Word of God the negative forces like worry, fear, anxiety, jealousy and so on, will destroy us.
God has given us through Jesus His Word, His anointing, His knowledge, His authority; we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!
The Word of God develops us, transforms us, and changes us daily. We grow through the Word of God. Just like the umbilical cord provides nutrition to the unborn child, we receive spiritual nourishment from God’s Word. Gradually we develop in the image and likeness of Jesus. At the appropriate time, the Lord will use us in a particular situation, and now we no longer respond with the old behaviour but according to the Word of God. The change has taken place because now we are nourished with the Word of God. This does not happen in one day but is a continuous process.
We need to receive this nourishment from the Father on a daily basis in order to develop our spiritual life. When we listen to the Word of God, that Word gives us understanding and with that comes joy, peace and belief.
“No one succeeds at the highest level in sports without working out. No one makes it in music without lots of practice. No one excels in scholarship without years of study. And no one makes it far in the school of holiness without hours and days and years in the word.”