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7/21 The 3 powerful Enemies of the Heart

July 31, 2013profile

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, 2013

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

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, 2013research

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, 2013

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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7/15 How do we Surrender our Heart for Total Wholeness?

June 24, 2013

A. Remember we all begin with an ‘Unregenerate Heart’

According to Scripture, the ‘unregenerate’ heart – the heart without God – is the seat of the Self-system, or the Old Nature.  It is this fallen, self-centred, rebellious, corrupt heart that has lead us astray, Jeremiah 17:9.

1.  The Story of the Two Houses.

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7/14 Jesus isn’t after a ‘Sin-based Theology’ for Total Wholeness

June 13, 2013

So far we have seen that our Heart is hidden and we do need God’s help to see what buried deep inside of us.  We’ve also looked at how the Heart can be more open and even change when we begin to see what’s there and to learn to work with the Heart for healing.

In this post, we would like to open the discussion on a very common view without many church cultures: the emphasis on what we did wrong – the sin – and trying harder to ‘not do it again!’  This is different than the Repentance Patterns we find in the teachings of Jesus.  Self-effort doesn’t make it with Him!

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7/13 Learning to Talk to your Heart for Total Wholeness

June 3, 2013

We have been talking about the heart, what it is and how it works in this Blog on Total Wholeness.  We have seen how important it is to hear and to understand our Heart. We don’t always consciously understand our spiritual hearts because it has hidden motives and desires.  “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9.

Only God can truly understand our heart. Only by talking with God can we find out what is the true state of our hearts.  “Would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?” Psalms 44:21.

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Total Wholeness Blog looks at Improving your bad Hair Day!

May 22, 2013blog

Well, the year is almost half way finished and 2014 is almost there….but before we really make that jump here are some insights that might brighten your day!  This is especially if you feel like today is a really bad Hair Day!

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 Australian M.S. Day is May 29th this year.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those we know and love who have this disease!

Recently I borrowed the Nature & Health magazine from my Gym.  I found some treasures to share with you!  Source: www.nurtureandhealth.com.au  from the December 2012 issue.

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7/12 How to Heal the Heart to gain Total Wholeness

May 13, 2013
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We are continuing with the theme of bringing healing to the Heart.  The following 6 steps will give us a basic pattern for working on heart issues. So we continue with How to Heal the Heart.

By now you should have a reasonable handle on what the heart is and how it operates.  Now comes the good part – how to get it healed of the hurts of the past.

1. Discover the Painful Emotions you feel.

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7/11 Heart Beliefs and God’s Truth

May 3, 2013

You may remember this post when we talked about emotions.  Here is the same post but from a different viewpoint.  Again how many of these false views does your Heart believe?

The Emotions:

My Heart’s Beliefs and Attitudes:

God’s Truth Revealed to   Heart:

1. Depression, worthless, rotten,  low, rejected, melancholy, alone, untrusting, despondent.

  “I am no good.  I am all alone and no one can help me.  There is no one to protect me.  I cannot trust anyone.  No one rescued or saved me.  Maybe God has forsaken me too.”

“My worth does not depend on my behaviour, my achievements, or my looks.  I am not the victim of my past life’s pains and mistakes.  God does love me.”
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