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A guard is never posted by anything obscure or meaningless. A guard is placed at a post to protect that which is precious and treasured. As we venture on this path of change, we have to be deliberate about where our time is spent. We have to GUARD against wasting time when we could be making change.
When God created us, He hardwired our brains to follow habits. We have little paths in our brains that are established by habit. Neurotransmitters or messengers follow neuropathways. These neuropathways help us keep a habit, however, they also make breaking a habit or changing a formidable task.
Here are some steps to take toward lasting change:
Guard your time.
1. Spend time with the Creator each day. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The Fear-of-God expands your life; a wicked life is a puny life” (The Message). God will add time to your day and will give you the focus you don’t have on your own.
2. Make a plan. The Proverbs 31 woman is always an example to us in planning. “She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day” (Proverbs 31:15 The Message). Please know, I am not suggesting we have to wake up before dawn. I am suggesting we organize our day. We do not let the structure of the day drive us. Instead, we let the Spirit guide us with His plan.
Let His purpose prevail in your plans!
Guard your heart:
3. We cannot be swayed by how we feel. When we are purposeful about changing for God’s glory, we can be certain we will experience struggles. To be fully armed, read Ephesians 6:10-18. God gives us armor for our protection so that we may be on guard.
4. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.” God uses our hearts to bring about a passion for wanting to be like Him. When we aren’t guarding our hearts, we can easily be swayed and soon find ourselves off course.
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