Uncommon Wisdom For Heart Health: Part 2

The bible tells us to “guard your heart” Why? Because it’s ready to sin on a moments notice? No!.. Because our hearts are where we find real life. (Proverbs 4:23) So, we should treat our hearts like we would a treasure, or our most precious possession. When we do, it’s life giving.

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We must hang on to this truth because it has huge implications for our health. Most of us are familiar with Proverbs 4:23 above. But, many are not as familiar with the couple of verses that precede that statement. They have everything to do with our physical health.

We are instructed:

“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)

If we are to expect physical health, and vitality, we’ve got to get this spiritual concept right. It’s a matter of having an accurate self image. We must see ourselves as God sees us. When we do, we’ll be in much better positions to maintain, or even recover our health.

Good heart health means believing when God looks into our hearts, he doesn’t see darkness and sin. He sees the women and men we are capable of becoming in him. He sees our true glory. We must see ourselves this way as well, free from any form or self-condemnation, or self-deprecation.

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Understanding heart health in this way is fundamental to believing that we deserve health. If we believe we are bad to the core, then it follows that our health should be bad as well. See my post on the 3 Important Questions

This is a crucial understanding. It’s very common for our physical health to follow, or be determined by our beliefs. See my post on The Placebo Effect.

Remember, your heart is you. (See part 1) In addition, our lives flow from our hearts when they’re connected to God. (Proverbs 4:23) And, we know that the enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy the life God has for us. (John 10:10) Wouldn’t it make sense that the enemy would concentrate his attacks on our hearts? This is where a critical, spiritual battle is fought.

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The Battle for the Heart

satan wants us to believe that our hearts are bad or dirty. he does this by twisting the truth. The assaults usually start in childhood and almost certainly have an unloving, or a self-loathing spirit attached to them.

Just think of some of the expressions we often hear around church-goers: “I’m just a wave tossed in the ocean”, “I’m just a beggar showing another beggar where the bread is”, “amazing grace that saved a wretch like me” and on and on it goes.

Let’s not just accept that our hearts are bad simply because so many people do. Remember, we are instructed to take every thought captive, even the popular ones. (2 Corinthians 10:5) Which means we must take this thought, or idea to its logical conclusion, and consider its implications.

Because the heart is so fundamental to our being, to believe that our hearts are bad, is to believe that we are bad, or no good. In doing so, we dismiss our significance, and conclude that we don’t deserve to be well.

All athletic champions share one thing in common. They believe they can win. We must believe we deserve to be well, and that we can be well. Again, my post 3 Important Questions goes into more detail on this.

Or maybe we believe some version of this. Maybe it’s: God is punishing me for what I’ve done. Or, I’m so bad, God doesn’t care about my suffering. Or, it’s just my lot in life.

If we fall victim to these distortions, we conclude that we may as well give up on the idea of recovering our health, or accomplishing anything meaningful, good and noble for the kingdom. The abundant life is therefore out of reach, and unattainable. Our only hope is to endure life until Jesus returns.

We must reject all of this falsehood. The fact is, God wired our bodies for health. Our lives have meaning and purpose. And, God has work for us to do before we leave this earth. (Ephesians 2:10) Having the health and vitality necessary to accomplish those works are part of God’s divine design. (3 John 1:2)

The Bad Heart Theory

Most people I meet believe that their hearts are bad. Maybe you’ve been tricked into believing this lie. I was for many years. This belief is plaguing the church, and keeping us from walking in the abundant life, and robbing many people of their health.

Most adherents to the bad heart theory point to this passage:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Yes that’s true, before we come to Christ. Understand this, and get ready to see your health and your spiritual effectiveness get some real lift. Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts and prepare for takeoff, because this truth is about to set you free.

Your Heart Is Good!

As justified believer’s in Christ, we have been given new hearts and those hearts are altogether good!

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God say’s:

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new sprit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

This is not metaphor. God is being literal here. The un-regenerated heart in Jeremiah 17:9 is desperately sick, and beyond cure. Yes, before we come to Christ, our hearts are not fit to be his dwelling place, and no amount of dressing up will fix this problem.

We don’t need a heart tune up; we need a heart transplant! And, that’s exactly what God does for us the moment we accept him as Lord of our lives. Sin is no longer our identifying characteristic. We’ve been given a new identity. (2 Corinthians 5:17), (Galatians 2:20)

After we’re saved, God’s Spirit comes to live in our hearts. (Ephesians 3:17), (I Corinthians 3:16) And, we know that evil cannot dwell in God’s presence. (Psalms 5:4)

So, if our hearts are evil and wicked, how is it that they are fit dwelling places for the Spirit of God? It’s because the saved person has a new heart of flesh that is pure, noble, good and clean. Consider the following passages:

  • A pure heart: (Matthew 5:8)
  • A good heart: (Luke 6:45)
  • An honest and good heart: (Luke 8:15)
  • A clean heart: (Psalms 51:10)
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I know to some, this sounds like heresy. We’ve been told the opposite for so long, we’ve really come to believe it. I was a wretch before I came to Christ, but I’m not anymore. (2 Corinthians 5:17), (Galatians 2:20) And, as a follower of Christ, neither are you.

Seeing Things More Clearly

The fact that your heart is good is the kind of heart health I’m talking about. This understanding is the kind of revelation Jesus was talking about when he said: “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

It’s time to re-think who you are. Your heart is good…. Let that sink in for a minute….Take a deep breath and say it out loud;…. My heart is good!….

There, didn’t that feel good? Let this truth penetrate your heart and mind, and allow yourself to be refreshed with the peace of Christ. (John 14:27) It will bring healing to your body and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Good Heart Health Take-a-Ways

So, by taking care of your heart, you take care of yourself. What makes your heart sing? Go do that. Do you like to paint, or dance, or write? Would you like to learn a second language, or race cars? Have you always had a desire that you’ve been putting off because it doesn’t seem practical?

As long as we’re abiding in Christ, we shouldn’t stifle our desires. (John 15:7) On the contrary, we should fan the flames of our God-given desires. The bible tells us: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)

This idea is the very reason I started this blog. Stop the posing. Don’t be afraid to show people the real you. Find out what it is you were made for, and unashamedly, go for it. It’s good for the health of your: body, soul, and spirit.

If these posts have inspired you, leave a comment below. Feel free to comment even if you disagree; I really enjoy hearing from my readers.

 

 

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