Sometime ago I heard a rumor someone tried to spread about me, and I was very disturbed, so much so that I thought about it over and over again. My mind was flooded with questions: Why me? What have i done? I don’t even know the parties involved!  And before I knew an hour had passed. By that time bitterness had also crept in my heart and consequently I started to get on the defensive mode while interacting with people. 

I saw everyone in that light and started maintaining a distance from the people around. Soon that bitterness grew to anger, till the Holy Spirit convicted me. I then realized that 3 hours had passed by without a single second of prayer or fellowship with God. I was shocked with the realisation on how a simple thought had shaken up my heart and drew me away from God.

Well, often my best time of crying out to God happens on my bike. I decided to take off for a ride with God on my bike, trying to silence my mind in order to to understand what was happening. How could I get detached from God so easily? It was simple: The walls of my heart was broken and the evil one took advantage of that to steal my joy.

As I tried to silence my mind, I strolled slowly on my bike trying to move across a speed breaker, and to my shock a street dog came charging at me (which is not surprising in India). As a swift reaction I raised by legs, screamed and sped off. I was so shaken at the spur of the moment that I was almost talking to the dog. (obviously, after I was quite far from it). “You silly dog what have I done? Why are you barking at me?

And before I knew I was laughing, at my own reaction… and laughing away my pain too. Holy Spirit was teaching me something. Why do we allow people to affect us, knowing that it is the devil that sends them to catch us off guard and lose our joy and fellowship with God?

My friend, the devil knows you well, and he will in fact direct the most respected people in your life to come against you. How then would you react? Would you be hurt? Offended? Rejected? Isolated? Or would you guard your heart by running into the arms of your heavenly father, knowing that He has predestined your life and no one can change it?

Don’t you realise the word of God says : If God be for us who can be against us? Romans 8:31

Proverbs 4:23 says Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. In other words, you need to GUARD YOUR HEART.  To the extent that you allow your heart to be affected, it will affect your relationships, your prayer life, your sensitivity to God. According to Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man makes it stoop,- it will affect your walk with God!!! Again Proverbs 15:13 says: A merry heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

Has something taken away your joy? Guard your heart today!