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7/21 The 3 powerful Enemies of the Heart

July 31, 2013

As we continue our discussion on the Heart, we need to also see that there are three powerful voices that speak out against the Heart being healed.  What are they?

1.  The Mind tells the Heart to ‘…Just get on with it and shut up!”

As we have seen, our thinking patterns can influence whether the heart can express itself.  Often we have come from a background where the mind is in control over the heart.  When this happens, the heart never gets ‘heard’ and is crushed.  This ‘mind over heart’ can only injure the heart more.

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7/20 Three common heart lies that Block Total Wholeness

July 24, 2013

As we continue to allow the Lord to show us what is in our Heart that needs attention, we often come across Three deeply rooted lies that we believe.

Lie #1:  I need to change people’s behaviour to be happy

Silently ask Jesus this question:  “Lord Jesus, do I believe in my heart that I need to change others’ behaviour?”

a. The truth is that I can’t change anyone’s behaviour.  They are going to make their own choices (Deuteronomy30:15-19).

b. God does not want me to manipulate people into doing the ‘right’ thing.

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7/19 A Quick review for Total Wholeness and our Heart

July 18, 2013feedback

As our Western culture has became more ‘mind orientated’, we have lost the essence of what the Old Testament and Jesus meant when talking about the Heart.   The more we work in the area of counselling and Mentoring, the more important we regard the Heart.  We need to learn the keys to guarding and keeping it clean before the Lord Jesus. 

As a quick reminder: Our heart is the centre of our being, ‘the wellspring of life’.

The Conditions of the Heart:

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7/18 How do we guard our Heart to Keep out the Rubbish for Total Wholeness?

July 13, 2013
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Of course, we don’t just want the heart free from ‘rubbish’, we want to guard it, so it doesn’t accumulate more junk.

1.  How does one “guard or keep” the heart?

a. The word for “keeping” our hearts (Proverbs 4:23) has the same connotation as guarding a gate or fortress (Nah 2:1). “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.”

b. We are to carefully select what goes into our heart, because we have little control over what happens in there, once something evil is inside.

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7/17 We keep our ‘Idols’ hidden in our Heart

July 9, 2013suggest

A.  A quick Review: what is the heart and what does it do?

Our heart is an unconscious area of the inner person.  I like to visualise the heart like a black box.  The inner motivations are hidden within, but thoughts and emotions are influenced from inside of it.

The soul and spirit realms influence the heart.  We need to have a balance of spirit, soul and heart.  We also need to treat any dysfunction in our personality by using the right ‘rule’ for the problem.  We may deal with our heart by acting it out, repressing it or getting it cleaned out.

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7/16 Total Wholeness means dealing with biased Judgements

July 1, 2013support

Three of the most important strongholds associated with the heart are Judgement, Unforgiveness and Trauma.  These areas affect the heart’s ability to relate to the living God and its important for us to understand them for further freedom.  Let me encourage you to continue the journey of true Christian growth and wholeness.

A. The spiritual Consequences of Judgement

Because Adam and Eve ate from the ‘Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil’, judgement is at the core of the Old Nature.  The issue of judgement is closely allied with unforgiveness.

B. There are Three types of Judgement taught in the Word:

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