Another very important aspect to remember while on your journey is guarding your heart. Things will happen in life that can attack your heart and your heart determines the course of your life. There are two areas that satan loves to attack, your heart and your mind. They are both connected and work together and if he can attack just one, it effects the other. It is vital that you guard your heart.
We’ve all had days when we said things we didn’t mean, done things we shouldn’t have, and thought things we should not have thought. It’s going to happen, you’re going to have bad days on your journey. You’re going to have days when you heart feels attacked but we must keep a guard in front of it.
Faith guards your heart. The shield of faith guards the arrows of the enemy from penetrating your heart. Just like your heart must beat in the natural to stay alive, your spiritual heart must also keep beating. If the enemy can sink an arrow deep into your heart, he can completely kill you spiritually, and he knows that. If you can keep your shield of faith in place, even when it’s tough, it will guard your heart from the arrows of the enemy.
How do you maintain your faith? Stay in God’s word and prayer, rehearse the prophetic words that have been spoken over your life, and find people that will be there to encourage you. People that will pour into you and won’t criticize when you’re having a bad day. These things help to maintain and build your faith. It’s like gasoline for your car, you have to have it if you want to keep traveling.
How you maintain your heart, how quickly you bounce back after bad days is what will determine the course of your life.