Prophetic Word – Guard Your Heart
This prophetic word is titled Guard Your Heart. This is all the Lord has been saying to me over and over again for the last 3 weeks now. Most of the time when we hear this scripture, it is being used to minister to the singles. Well, at least this is when I’ve heard it used most.
This message is not about singles, it is about all of us. Whatever you have in your heart is what you will live in 2021. You have to watch what you are letting into your heart.
KJV – Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
NASB – Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.
NIV – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
NLT – Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
GNT – Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.
Guard – Hebrew word Natsar – to keep, maintain, watch over, protect, preserve. This is something you have to do. You have to physically protect and stand guard over your own heart.
Heart – Hebrew word Leb – inner man, mind, will, heart. It is the center of who you are. Your inner most being. It is the command center – where you make all your decisions. When someone controls and manipulates you they have basically taken over your heart. (Matthew 6:21) “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This is where you keep your most valuable possession. What is currently captivating your heart?
Diligence – Hebrew word Mishmar – place of confinement, jail, prison, guard, watch, observance. The scripture says that you need to protect your heart with all diligence. That means you need to put your heart in a jail, prison, a place of confinement. So that what is getting in there only gets there because you allowed it to get it. Things shouldn’t just carelessly make their way to your heart. No, you need to have your heart under lock and key. Put your heart on lockdown.
Flow – Hebrew word Totsaah – an outgoing, extremity, perhaps source, escape. Your heart is a river. It is a source. It sends out what is in it. There’s a flow that is coming from your heart. What is your flow? What are people picking up when you speak? (Matthew 12:34) “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” You are literally exposing the treasure of your heart every time you open your mouth.
Springs of Life – Hebrew word Chay – alive, living. This is the same word used for the tree “of life” in the garden of Eden. This is life itself. What is flowing out of your heart is life itself. Your entire life is trapped inside your heart. Isn’t it interesting that when you heart stops beating you die? (Proverbs 18:21) “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
If someone has the power to walk up to you and say one thing and you “fly off the handle” or get upset right way that means that your heart is not guarded because they shouldn’t be able to access your inner most being by saying words to you. Your heart is either exposed OR you are already flowing in that area so they were just adding to a reservoir that already exists.
Let me say it to you like this, the enemy is trying to captivate your heart. It is the decade of the mouth, remember? How will he get you to align with his plan and ruin your future? He has to get you to say it. How he gets you to say it is by planting things in your heart through offense.
Guard your heart.
It is the decade of the mouth so he has to take over YOUR MOUTH.
He’s making you use your own mouth to curse yourself, other Christians, your family members, your neighborhood, your president, your prime minister and your country. Yes, he just needs you to do the job of speaking it. As we build and establish this year he’s going to make sure that one by one you are tearing down the bricks of what God is building in your life. With your own mouth.
He plants these seeds of offense. Discord. Division. Them against us. Then you start trading word curses with anyone that opposes your views.
Imagine for a second what it looks like in the spiritual realm with the word curses flying from all these mouths!! YIKES!
The whole thing is one big trick from the enemy, please don’t fall for it.
The enemy is using a spiritual principle to trap us…
(Genesis 12:3) “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you…”
When you open your mouth and you start to curse someone from the family of God you are putting yourself in the enemies path so he can go into the courts of heaven and say “Look at this one, they are cursing one of your children, so now they need to be cursed in return” You’re giving him ammunition to use against you.
This is why the Lord has clearly told us what to do…
(Matthew 5:44) “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,”
A curse cannot land on you if what you are returning is blessing, did you know that?
(Proverbs 26:2) “Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.”
It is impossible for anyone to curse you if you are blessing them with your words. They can try but that thing will not land! It’s a spiritual principle.
You are setting yourself up for a blessing or a curse this year. You choose. Whatever you put out there is coming right back to you.
How do I guard my heart? The verses that follow tell you exactly how to do it.
NOG —Remove dishonesty from your mouth. Put deceptive speech far away from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead and your sight be focused in front of you. Carefully walk a straight path, and all your ways will be secure. Do not lean to the right or to the left. Walk away from evil.
LB –Spurn the careless kiss of a prostitute. Stay far from her. Look straight ahead; don’t even turn your head to look. Watch your step. Stick to the path and be safe. Don’t sidetrack; pull back your foot from danger.
AMP – Put away from you a deceitful (lying, misleading) mouth, And put devious lips far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead [toward the path of moral courage] And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you [toward the path of integrity]. Consider well and watch carefully the path of your feet, And all your ways will be steadfast and sure. Do not turn away to the right nor to the left [where evil may lurk]; Turn your foot from [the path of] evil.
VOICE – Do away with any talk that twists and distorts the truth; have nothing to do with any verbal trickery. Keep your head up, your eyes straight ahead, and your focus fixed on what is in front of you. Take care you don’t stray from the straight path, the way of truth, and you will safely reach the end of your road. Do not veer off course to the right or the left; step away from evil, and leave it behind.
We see that we need to guard the gates – eyes, ears and mouth. The gates give access to the heart. And we need to watch where we are going. Our walk. What are we involved in? Where is that road taking us? The prostitute here can mean spiritual prostitution this is someone who says they are a Christian but it is obvious from their choices they are not faithful to God but instead running after other things to satisfy them. Why would you take advise or follow someone like that? When you have recognized that there is a lying spirit involved move away from that. You have to remove yourself from it.
If you know that your heart is already not in a good place, you can pray the prayer that David prayed in Psalm 51 and ask God to clean your heart. You should read the whole chapter.
Psalm 51:10-12 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Ask God to cleanse your heart from the offense.
The next thing you need to do is stay away from people or places that will continually feed the offense within you. At this point does it matter if you are right or wrong when you are in the middle of a word curse war? No it doesn’t. Get yourself out of that environment. It’s the leviathan spirit and it doesn’t care who is right and who is wrong all it wants to do is divide, divide, divide and then conquer.
Then the last thing is for you to cancel every word curse spoken against you and your family and the curse you have released against others as well.
It’s a simple prayer…
Holy spirit, I am asking you to cancel every word curse that I have released against anyone, please bring them to mind now so I can repent of them (repent for saying the things you’ve said as He reveals them to you). I’m sorry that I have grieved You when I followed this path. I look to You to bring justice in Your time but for now I am removing myself from this. Cut any ties I have with this spirit of discord, division and offense. Any relationships that have been fractured as a result of this behavior I am asking You to heal them if this is Your will. I pray also that You cancel every word curse that has been spoken against me and my family. I will wait on Your leading and guidance in how I should move forward, in Jesus name, Amen.
I pray that this opened your eyes to understand where we are now and how God is trying to get us back on track as a church.