If you could get advice on how to make decisions from the wisest man who ever lived, would you take it? At our Waynesboro Tailgate this past Spring, Director of Church Planting for the SBC of Virginia, Josh Turner, gives us that advice from King Solomon out of Proverbs 4. 

“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:20-23 

The NIV states it this way, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” 

Guard. Your. Heart. It’s the number one tip he gives. 

Above. All. Else. It should be the number one priority in our lives. 

When something needs guarding, it’s because it is valuable. In the same way, we guard our hearts because “if we lose our heart, the potential is we might lose everything.” 

In this episode, Josh shares three ways we can begin to guard our hearts. 

1. Resist the urgency of the day for the priority of prayer.  

Prayer and time with the Father is the work. We can’t live off yesterday’s blessings and time with God. 

2. Know who we are in Christ. 

“True freedom comes when we find our identity not in what other people think about us, not in how popular we are, but very clearly in Christ alone.” 

3. Acknowledge we have blind spots and have friends who we give permission to speak into our lives.  

“Sin demands to have a man by himself.” Bonhoeffer 

Tune in to Josh to better understand how to make guarding your heart a priority in your life. Things can look good on the outside, but if you peer on the inside, we might be headed for disaster.

“Men fall in private long before they fall in public.” J.C. Ryle 

You can help point other men to Jesus by supporting our Fall Tailgate Tour. We are hitting the road this weekend for our kick-off in Roanoke, VA. Help us Connect the Dots on the map and connect other men by donating to offset Tailgate expenses. 



Josh Turner | SBC of Virginia (sbcv.org) 

RESOURCES | Noble Warriors Inc  

Screen Accountability™ | Covenant Eyes 

Extreme Mind Makeover: How to Transform Sinful Thoughts and Patterns into God-Pleasing Habits by Steve Etner 

The Four Voices by Patrick Morley (maninthemirror.org) 

Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald 

When Men Think Private Thoughts: Exploring The Issues That Captivate The Minds Of Men by Gordon MacDonald  

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