• Bishop Keith Butler

Heart Guardian

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7)

In Biblical times, most castles, city gates and fortresses had a sentinel. Their purpose was to watch for any unwanted movement toward their tower and communicate it immediately to those armed to fight possible invaders.

If the sentinel did not warn the people of the approaching danger and anyone was harmed, the sentinel was held accountable and would often have to pay for it – possibly with his own life. Your mind has a sentinel, but is it doing its job?

The enemy always attacks your mind first. He will ask you things like, “What are you going to do about the situation this time?” or tell you things like “That’s never going to work.” God’s peace is a sentinel for our minds. It is activated through prayer and thanksgiving, and it will protect your heart and your mind.

Heightened anxiety is one of the leading causes of heart attacks. Why? Because the enemy is attacking people’s hearts and their minds at an unprecedented rate. Many times, those who are being attacked haven’t taken the biblical mandate of thanksgiving seriously, so there was no guardian to their hearts and minds.

God wants you to walk in peace when there is chaos and in joy when there is distress. If you offer prayers and thanksgiving - speaking your gratitude to God, God's peace will protect your mind and heart from surprise attacks by the enemy. Science proves this. A Harvard study showed that people who prayed had less anxiety, fewer heart attacks, and longer lives than the general population. Why? The Bible told us that prayer and thanksgiving guard your heart and your mind.

Practical Application – When you are tempted to worry or stress, pause and take a moment to pray and thank God. Thank Him for wisdom and thank Him for His peace that is guarding your heart and your mind.

Romans 14:17; Isaiah 55:12



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