Your Thought-Life is Your Real Life
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
As this text says, ‘the issues of life’ flow from it in all the multitudinous variety of their forms. The stream parts into many heads, but it has one fountain. To the Hebrew thinkers the heart was the indivisible, central unity which manifested itself in the whole of the outward life. ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ The heart is the man. And that personal centre has a moral character which comes to light in, and gives unity and character to, all his deeds. Out of all the areas in life that force us to take “security measures”, the Bible presents our effort to protect our heart as the most important of all. If you effectively protect your car from theft, your home from burglary, your property from damage, your financial interests from failure, and your body from personal illness and injury, and even our borders from terrorist attacks – and yet fail in protecting this one, all-important thing as the Bible warns us – that singular failure will effect all other areas of life. The plain fact is that more personal ruin and eternal loss has been caused by a failure to protect this one thing than all failures to protect material matters combined. And yet, hardly anyone gives a single thought to “keeping the heart”.
Know this; Life is not turn by turn but turn by thoughts, if your heart can picture it, your reality can capture it. Ask the woman with the issue of blood what led to her deliverance. Be careful how you think, because your thinking results in actions that have either a positive or negative affect upon your territory (sphere of influence).