Written by Samuel Zelleke
The Guard of Our Hearts
“Man is spirit, soul, and body.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
One thing we know about the body is that if we neglect feeding it, we will experience repercussions such as hunger-pains, weakness, fatigue etc. What some may not have noticed is that when the human spirit is neglected there are also repercussions.
The neglect of the human spirit is often manifest in the soul as anxiety, depression, irritability, and such-like.
In Philippians 4:6-7 it reads:
“Do not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer…continue to make your requests known to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Has there ever been a time when you felt down, or had anxiety but you had no event or unfortunate circumstance to link it to?
Many times, this can be linked to the human spirit being neglected from genuine fellowship with God. When awareness of God’s presence diminishes, negative emotional states no longer require external stimuli to be triggered. In the above scripture we see a person with fretfulness and anxiety, then they are told to pray and make their requests known to God; that’s fellowship. And the bi product of fellowship is seen in verse seven. We see the peace of God guarding our hearts and minds.
What does a guard do?
They protect doors from people outside that would try to come in. So, when we feed our spirits by fellowshipping with God, and depression, anxiety etc. attempt to barge into the door of our hearts and minds the peace of God dismantles them, and the waters within remain undisturbed. Today, no matter what you are experiencing, whether it is anxiety that is linked to external circumstances or not the peace of God that literally transcends all understanding has come to guard your heart and mind.
Continue to have quality fellowship with your father.
The scripture say in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you.”