Summary: Catch your balance. Steady yourself. Above is supposed to describe us. Don’t look down . . . DON’T LIVE DOWN!

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Pt. 1 – Heart Attacks

I. Introduction

Above. When I say that word there are certain meanings that come to mind instantly. Above . . . perspective, looking down on, higher than. Above . . . position, prominence, higher in order. Above . . . distance. Above speaks to perspective and position!

Over the course of the next few weeks I want to us to examine Scripture and see what it tells us about “Above”!

Today I want to examine a passage of Scripture that deals with order or importance.

Text: Proverbs 4:23

23 Above all else, guard your heart,

for everything you do flows from it.

The wisest man on the planet is about to offer us wisdom for the ages. He could have said a lot of wise things. He could have followed suit of some kids who gave advice. He could have said, “Above all else . . .

• “When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look stupid?" don’t answer him.” – Michael (14)

• “Never tell your mom her diet’s not working.” – Michael (14)

• “Stay away from prunes.” - Randy (9)

• “Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time.” – Kyoyo (9)

• “If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.” – Naomi (15)

• “Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.” – Joel (10)

But, the wisest man on the planet goes for the most important above statement he could make and he says, “Above everything else guard your heart”. Think about the implications of that statement. Above a good education. More important than using your gift. More crucial than driving the right car. Of greater importance than training your body until you become a fine tuned athlete. Above all else . . . this above should grab our attention and cause us to take serious notice and pay special attention to the next statement. Above all else guard your heart. One version says; “with all diligence” guard your heart. In other words, the heart should receive the greatest effort.

We protect our homes with security alarms, and dead bolts locks. We have security lights. Some of us arm ourselves so that we feel protected. Yet for all of our diligence to secure our homes, our valuables, and our goods we often ignore our heart. Too many Christians have switched on cruise control and believe that once they meet Jesus they can coast through life. We try to live our Christian life with no effort. The instructions “with all diligence” tell us it is a constant warfare and will require much spiritual energy. Too often we think, “I’m saved. My heart has been cleansed. My job is finished. My heart will never need any more attention.”

One man said, “Heart worship, heart love and heart obedience are far more difficult to recognize than the outward forms and duties of religion, because they are unseen, unrecognized and unrewarded of men. Not only is heart work difficult, it is constant.”

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