Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
When the Bible speaks about the heart it is sometimes referring to the emotional center of the mind, sometimes the soul and other times the spirit within the man. The bible is rarely referring to the circulatory organ.
There are a few similarities to the circulatory organ and the spiritual one. The circulatory organ has several major components, and all have to be functioning correctly in order for the heart to operate optimally. The physical heart has an aorta, arteries, valves, and ventricles. The spiritual heart has several components or dimensions that have to function as God designed for optimal spiritual functionality.
Let’s examine our spiritual hearts health and functionality:
Are you taking heed to your present situation or are you distracted by the past? Are you giving the loved ones in your life now the time and attention that they are due? Are you so worried about the future that you are not living now? Are you paying attention? Are you alert regarding your spiritual adversaries? Are you fully in the present?
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. (Mark 13:33)
Emotions are needed. Emotions assist the decision-making process. The question is, are your emotions your fuel or your master?
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (Ephesians 4:26)
What is your worldview? Every day it is normal for humans to experience a full range of emotions and contrary to public opinion Christians don’t have to walk around with a smile pasted on us. What is your overall perspective though? Disciples of Christ should view the world thru the prism of joy. We know the end of the story…we win! We will suffer in this world, but our attitude should be that of an overcomer!
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
This is cliche, but true: Life is not about what happens to you, but how you respond. How do you respond to the Gospel? How do you respond to the Scriptures? How do you respond to the trials and tribulations of life? Your actions impact your thinking as well as your thoughts. By doing, you move closer to becoming. Respond but don’t react.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)
A heart without an aim is restless and unhappy. God told Adam to have dominion. As disciples of Christ, we have been given a mission. We have to be focused on our target which is Christ himself. A heart without a target is an unhealthy heart!
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
So what is the condition of your spiritual heart?
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