Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
What is the key to those people who seem to always be excited about serving the LORD and never seem to stray down the wrong path of life? There are those believers who week in and week out seemingly are the same no matter what happens in their life. Their consistency is the key to always having enthusiasm in their Christian walk.
Several things are noticed about the verses above. You will notice that the father says that his “words” can have life. He also points out that everything he says is “life unto those that find them.” So, what is the secret to this consistency to keeping life in the Christian walk?
First, you must guard your heart. Verse 23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Your heart will determine what you do in life. In Exodus 35, the people had a willing heart to serve the LORD. You keep a willing heart by guarding what influences your heart. There are many people who can influence your heart, and you must be careful about being around the right people. It is always a person who influences what you do in life. If you want to stay consistent in your walk with God, you are going to have to guard the people who influence your walk. I always get concerned for people who have a better time in life with worldly people than they do with spiritual people. You show me the people you get excited about being around and I will show you who influences your heart for good or bad.
Second, you must guard your mouth. Verse 24 says, “Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.” Your mouth can put you into a prison that you will never get out of because you don't control what you say. You must guard what you say because every word influences others around you and defines your character. Control your mouth and what you say. Be slow to speak, and be very slow about telling people about your weaknesses. You can never retract words once they come from your mouth. Be deliberate to speak, and you can save yourself from much heartache that words will cause.
Third, you must guard your eyes. Verse 25 says, “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” You must guard your eyes because everything you see determines what sin you will have to fight and what information your mind will process. If you keep your eyes in the right places, you won't see the wrong things. If you make sure you don't read the wrong books, your mind won’t process the words that could cause you to compromise. You will not be consistent in your Christian walk if you don't guard what information your eyes obtain.
Fourth, you must guard your feet. Verse 26 says, “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” My friend, be careful about the places you go. Just because you can go to a place doesn't mean that you should go. You must always ask yourself if the place you are about to go to will pull you away from what you are doing for the LORD. One of the best ways to stay consistent in life is to keep your soul winning active. Feet are always equated with soul winning in the Scriptures. You will find that if you use your feet to take you soul winning that you have a better chance of staying consistent in your walk with the LORD.