Above All Else

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:23-27

God told Solomon; “Ask what you wish Me to give you.” And King Solomon replied; “I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil.” 1 Samuel 3:7-9

This answer pleased God who then said to him; “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you. I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days. If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.” 1 Samuel 3:11-14

Would you like to have the same wisdom that God gave to Solomon? Well, the good news is that God has promised this same wisdom for you. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6

So how do we get this wisdom, and how will we be able to know that we have it? Do you have a wise and discerning heart? Are you one who understands justice, and the difference between good and evil? These are confusing and discouraging times and we all need God’s wisdom and discernment more than ever before. Do you doubt that God will give you the same wisdom that He gave to Solomon? Remember, believing God’s promises is the key to receiving His blessings.

Now let’s look back to the proverb – Solomon says: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” And how do we guard our heart? We need to pray and ask God for wisdom and discernment. And then we need to feed our hearts and minds with His eternal wisdom and truth — the good, the clean, the pure, the powerful, the positive – day and night. Because what we put in, is what comes out.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

If you want God’s wisdom to flow from your lips, then you must continually fill your heart and mind with his goodness and truth. And stop allowing negative things to cloud and pollute your mind. It is time to do a check up on your input.

What about you? Do you really want God’s spiritual wisdom, as much as Solomon did? God gave him the choice of anything he wanted, and he chose an understanding heart and the wisdom to discern between good and evil. What would your choice be? Is it for foolishness or wisdom? God has promised us wisdom. But we must believe and not be in doubt. When you meditate upon the things of God, day and night – all that is good will become a part of you.

We must not be confused. Regarding the things of the Spirit, we are still only babies in God’s eyes. We need to approach God as the little children that we truly are, spiritually. Solomon understood this – he was the king, but he referred to himself as only a little child. “I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.”

Now is the time to change.

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

All Means All and that’s all All means.

Grace and Peace to you my friends,

Bob West Geezerdust2020©

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