Guard Your Heart

Psalm 119:9-16

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Psalm 119:9-16

Scripture reveals there is only one way to control your thought life, and that is to guard your heart. Psalm 119: 9-16 says,

Hebrews 11:24-27 says: “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.”

There are seven steps listed in this passage to help control your thought life.

Purification: Get perfectly clean.

No matter how vile your thought life has been, 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Determination: Determine to stay clean.

You cannot guard your heart, half-heartedly. Adrian Rogers says, “God does business with those who mean business.”

Fortification: Fortify yourself with the Word of God.

Replace what you’ve refused and repented of with Scripture. Guard your thoughts as instructed in Phillippians 4:8, dwelling only on what is reliant, respectful, right, reverent, relational, and refined.

Vitalization: Ask God to teach you.

If you would be so bold to pray for it, the Holy Spirit will make the living, active Word of God real to you.

Verbalization: Keep the word of God on your lips.

Tell others the Word of God; discuss it among brothers and sisters in Christ.

Evaluation: Remember your true riches.

There has to be an evaluation—a choice. Adrian Rogers says, “A mind that feeds on trash is a mind that is hungry without a sense of shame.” Choose satisfaction of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mediation: Maintain constant communion with the Lord.

There are three elements in meditation: time, quietness, and concentration. If you will spend time meditating on the Word of God, it will do wonderful things for your thought life.

Apply it to your life

Get your heart clean before God and guard it with your life, so that you may protect your home.