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

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.

Philippians 4 and Colossians 3 tell us the process of keeping our heart clean:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”  (Colossians 3:15 NIV)

2.  Most people have a huge gap between the head and the Heart. 

They are unaware of the pain within so find no need to guard their Heart   The heart can be wounded, shattered and struggling to handle the pain and traumas of living, while the person thinks they are sailing through life.  They cope mainly on the efforts of their mental understanding – unaware of the depths of pain within.

3. The Heart Pain can become the Body’s Pain   

Unless we learn to handle the heart in God’s way, the inner pain is ‘transferred’ or connected to the physical body.  Many of the aches and pains of the body can be traced back to some emotional or undealt with heart issues.

4. Working through the Heart issues is essential part of Growth

From all of this talk about the Heart, we begin to glimpse the great need to see and handle life’s pains God’s way – if your heart is still with us!  (Check to see if your heart understands this information.)  Part of the Christian journey is to bring our Heart under the loving Lordship of Jesus.  Unless the Heart knows and trusts His loving touch, it is often hard and cannot receive His love.

Remember, the heart is not especially religious.  In fact people can use church rules and religious practices to further beat up the Heart.  We covered this when we talked about the three enemies of your heart.

5. Our Heart shows us its true state of growth by either reacting to events or responding in godly ways.   

Our Reactions are another window to our Heart  One of the biggest windows is to watch what our emotions, the Heart’s messengers, are up to.  The ‘buttons’ that others push, the events of our daily life, can give us clues to what is in our heart.

An example might be the difficulties one person has with their boss at work.  With the Lord’s help, they might discover that not only do they react to her, but also there have been others in the past that have brought a reaction – just like her!  In fact, the first person ‘just like her’ was mother.  What are the real issues then?

6.  We get caught in the ‘ever present state of ….”when we neglect to guard the Heart.

It is like we are caught in the ‘ever-present’ state of being the little child back with mother.  God can use this reaction to help us see and deal with what is still in our heart about mother.  Remember, He loves us too much to leave any of the idols, the false, destructive treasures in our heart.

As we have seen the Heart is both a simple thing (like a little child), but it also  has serious influences over your whole life.  It can also be complicated and not easily sorted out by us without the Lord’s help.  It is the source of our motivations and we need to guard it carefully.  Again this is part of the ‘sifting’ and growing journey.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.totalwholeness.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

  

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