Guard Your Heart - Outline
January 19, 2020
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. (Proverbs 4:20–22, NLT)
Why guard your heart?
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23, NLT)
How does the heart determine the course of your life?
The heart is like a__________________. There is an ____________
and an ____________________.
How do I guard my heart?
1. Be careful what you take into your life.
Avoid all ____________________________________; stay away from corrupt speech. (Proverbs 4:24, NLT)
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? (Jeremiah 17:9, NLT)
2. Fix your eyes on _____________________________.
Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. (Proverbs 4:25, NLT)
The goal of _______________________, your friend and Lord.
The goal of ____________________ _____________________.
3. Decide ___________________________what path you will take.
Mark out a _________________ ______________for your feet; stay on the safe path. (Proverbs 4:26, NLT)
4. Don’t get ___________________________.
Don’t get sidetracked; keep your ____________________ from following _____________________ . (Proverbs 4:27, NLT)
It’s not the big events; it’s the little daily choices you make that fix your character and your destiny. – Timothy Keller
A deeper study for individuals and groups
How have you seen God at work in their life this week.
Read Proverbs 4:10-19.
The author describes a path of wisdom and a path of wickedness.
How is the path of wickedness described?
In verse 16 the wicked are described as trying to make others stumble. Can you think of some real life examples in your own life of this path toward darkness? Are there people you would like to see fail or that you would like to get even with etc.
In verse 19 we see that the wicked path is a deep darkness.
They don’t know what makes them stumble (out of touch with reality).
This will be hard- but can you see each other’s blind spots?
Can you see something that is causing your brother or sister in Christ to stumble that maybe they cannot see? What do you do in those times?
Read Proverbs 4:20-27.
Why do we need to guard our hearts?
*Note: The heart is the center of being, the desires, the imaginations.
Why is it that only God can satisfy our hearts?
Why does pursuing good things like image, romance, children, work at the center of our hearts only lead to disappointment?
Truth alone cannot change a heart. It takes a new reality and a new vision. The new reality is that in Christ you are changed! The new vision is one of hope and joy in the presence of Christ.
How can these two things (new reality and new vision) bring about change in your heart and thus your choices and character?
Where in your life do you need to trust your new reality and gain a new vision for the future?