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Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth
And put devious speech far from you.
Let your eyes look directly ahead
And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
Watch the path of your feet
And all your ways will be established.
Do not turn to the right nor to the left;
Turn your foot from evil.–Proverbs 4:23-27

Reading through those verses, you can see a progression. The heart is the beginning, the first step. An unguarded heart is a dangerous proposition because it establishes the course of your life. It cuts you off from or connects you to life.

Heart moves to mouth.

The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks. –Luke 6:45

Good and bad finds its origins in your heart, and rest assured if it’s in your heart, it’s eventually coming out of your mouth. An unbridled heart will be given to deceit and deception. Not only can those words be a manipulation and attempt to deceive others, but there is often a self-deception involved.

On the other hand, honorable and beautiful things flow out of hearts prepared to do so.

Mouth moves to eyes.

Once your heart is set on good or bad, your focus will turn and shift. In a sense, you prophesy your direction before you head there. Your eyes are engaged to take you where your heart and mouth have set you up to go. Still, even on the right path, we can be tempted to look “to the right or the left,” but if our hearts are set, we will return our eyes to straight ahead.

Why is it so important to keep our eyes “fixed straight in front of you”? Because what comes in through the eyes can affect our hearts and determine new courses and different attitudes. They may not all be evil, but they can be major distractions.

Then you’re moving forward.

And primarily when I’m talking about feet on a path here, I want to highlight the word “ways” from the verses above. The paths you walk set up a pattern for your life. That pattern becomes your “ways.” The ways of God are holy, righteous, blameless, and wise. When your heart is set on Him, the movement of your feet is progress. Your ways are established.

You still have to watch where you’re going and pay attention. It’s sort of like the GPS that mistakenly tells you to go the wrong way down a one-way street. If you’re not paying attention, you’ll get in trouble. That comes back to the heart, of course.

Engaged heart means engaged mouth. That produces engaged eyes and feet, which means engaged life. He simply gives us the choice and the tools through His grace and Holy Spirit to walk in His love, life, and victory.

What do you think? Have you seen this progression in your life? For the good or the bad (or both)?


Another in a series of posts where I go through Proverbs a verse (or more) at a time and share what the Holy Spirit impresses on me (click here for more verse by verse posts).

6 Comments

  1. I’ve seen both. But it most definitely starts in the heart. A person can act for a time, but when the tough times come, that’s when, not if, who we really are will ultimately be revealed. And darkness can’t hide it. Good post, Jason.

    • What is hidden can’t stay hidden, that’s for sure. The process of His cleansing and changing us is difficult, but beautiful! Thank you, Floyd.

  2. Great post!
    Thanks for breaking down this passage. It’s so important to guard our hearts and keep our eyes focused on the author and finisher of our faith.
    Satan has many tricks and deceptions, even good things can be bad if they are not what God intends for you to being doing. Only seeking God can keep us where we should be.

    • It begins and ends with Him. He is the Author, the Finisher. He is the initiator and sustainer. Staying connected and united with Him is the only way! Thanks TC.

  3. I’ve seen it go both ways, and there is a definite correlation. When my heart is where it should be, my mouth, eyes, and movement tend to the good.
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    • Oh yes! It can be tough with so many pressures and distractions, but where do I want I go? If I can keep that front and center… Thanks Dusty.

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