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Heart Transplant

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” Proverbs 27:19

A change of heart

It is said that one’s life is a reflection of the heart. Because our lives can change in the blink of an eye, does that mean the condition of our heart is also able to be changed? Does and can a person’s heart change, and therefore affect our lives?

Statistics

There were 116,000 people waiting for new hearts in August of 2017, and 33,611 transplants done in 2016, according to Organdonor.gov statistics. Twenty people die each day waiting for a heart transplant. This tells me that there is hope for the heart in need of repair. What about the spiritual part of our heart? I wonder if we did a statistic on the number of people that were hurting spiritually, how many more there would be? I wonder how many of the physical ailments could have been prevented by prayer and support. Man cannot live on bread alone, we need the word of God, and healing power of Jesus to sustain us. We are more than just physical beings, so to think that a pill or surgery is enough to sustain us is a form of neglect.

The heart of the matter

Our hearts are a muscular organ, designed to efficiently pump blood and circulate it to every part of our body. It is the most important organ; without it, nothing else works properly. When it fails us, the rest of our bodies start to shut down, and we can die. The heart is responsible for keeping us and most of the animal kingdom on this earth living. But there is a spiritual side to all of this. When we say, “my heart is broken,” we are not necessarily speaking literally, but figuratively. When someone has a broken heart, regardless of how it was broken, it does not have to be a permanent condition. Some of us stay in this condition for a long time, but it is extremely unhealthy for our physical man. Most of the time we are afraid to face the emotions so we shut down and go into a state of hard-hardheartedness, because we are afraid to feel love again.

A man is made up of three parts (body, soul, spirit) without these things we cannot survive. Just as our physical bodies need things to survive, such as water, blood and oxygen. What we do in the natural realm affects the spiritual realm and vice versa. If we have a broken spirit, it affects our physical man and vice versa. So it makes sense that if we care for our hearts physically and spiritually speaking, we can become whole. How do we do this?

 

Guard your heart

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

As much as we should eat healthy and exercise to maintain our physical heart, we must also consistently guard our spiritual hearts.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

There are some heart conditions that are beyond repair physically, but there is always something that can be done if caught early enough. Ever hear the phrase, “I’ve had a change of heart?” There is no permanency to the state of the heart spiritually unless we refuse to accept change. It is so important to survey our hearts consistently to ensure that we are right with God, and allow Him to maintain it. It is never too late to give you heart to God. I like to think that no matter what age we are, as long as we still have breath, God still has a chance to reach us and heal us. I have seen elderly people give their hearts to God, and become like new again.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (ESV)

I heard the saying on a movie once, “If your attitude stinks your heart isn’t right.” This means that our lives may be a true reflection of the hearts condition based on our actions, but if we allow God into our lives, our attitudes and our actions can change. When this happens, regardless of us, our lives are then a reflection of Him, and all he has done for us. We may look at some people and think, wow they will never change, there is nothing God can do, but, there is nothing too hard for God. (Jeremiah 32:27)

Heart of flesh

God promises that when we come to Him He will remove our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26) I’ve heard of atheists completely transformed by the power of God. I’ve also seen physical healings through the transforming power of God. He can heal us in every measure. He took on all the grief and pain we would ever know, and made it possible for us to be healed and lived fulfilling lives (Isaiah 53:4-5).

If you are in a desperate circumstance now, wherever you are, reach out to him. It doesn’t have to be in the walls of a church, right where you are simply talk to God like a friend and say, I need you Jesus to intervene in my life.  He will help you fill in the broken pieces, and give you a better outlook. He is waiting for you to invite him into your situation.

Mind Over Matter – Battlefield of the Mind

 “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha

Not that I am a Buddha fan, but there is some truth to what this potbellied guy wrote. Your mind is a very powerful playing ground.

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By Joyce Meyer / FaithWords

In Battlefield of the Mind, Joyce Meyer guides you through an honest self-appraisal by sharing the trials, tragedies and ultimate victories of her own marriage, family and ministry—including the truth she learned about what she was thinking and feeling every step of the way. You’ll gain insight into how Joyce won the battle in her own mind—and how you can as well. This special updated edition includes an additional introduction and updated content throughout the book.

You’ll also discover how to:

  • Find peace and gain control over your mind.
  • See the truth by thinking correctly.
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  • Overcome the 10 wilderness mentalities that hold you in harmful circumstances.

If you’re one of millions who suffer from worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger or condemnation, you are experiencing an attack in your mind. Overcoming negative thoughts that come against your mind brings freedom and peace. Find out how to recognize damaging thought patterns and stop them from influencing your life. Don’t surrender to misery another day. Find out today what you can do to ensure your victory in the Battlefield of the Mind!

It can shape our emotions if we aren’t careful what we feed it. Do not give the devil a footstool, because although we our protected, our minds are very vulnerable place.

We cannot feel God by trying to understand Him with our brains.

“If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped.” ― Evelyn Underhill

Sometimes the most educated person is the hardest to reach because they have their minds made up so we cannot even begin to reach their hearts, the mind acts like a wall to protect the heart sometimes. Through worship and prayer, once the heart starts to become engaged, then we can get through. We as humans want to understand and research, but we cannot know everything.

“Loving God and having faith is a condition of the heart, not a resolution of the mind.” Amanda Dalton

“Changing your mind can happen daily; changing your heart is a process. “ Either has to be prayed over daily and guarded. (Proverbs 4:23)

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45

My heart made me do it

Our hearts are  responsible for a lot of our actions and how we live. It chooses who we love, how we love, and what our life choices will be. Our hearts and minds are in constant communication with each other. This is why it is so important to be careful what we feed our minds with, because it can influence our hearts. A person who is exposed to hateful things will eventually learn to hate. But that same person, can be taught to love, and have a change of heart. There is nothing impossible with God. If we were to hear the word of God and make the CHOICE to accept Jesus into our hearts, our lives will soon follow suit. Many of the characters in the bible started off as hardhearted, but when they had a touch of Jesus, it wasn’t long before they were healed and God gave them a heart of flesh.

Heart and soul

Our hearts, are connected to our most spiritual self, “the soul” so to speak. The part where God can really reach us. Once we have a change of heart, ours minds will usually line up. But one cannot work without the other. We must guard our hearts but also our minds against spiritual warfare. It is the enemies number one battlefield. If our minds are compromised, our hearts can get out of control and we act out of emotion. Keeping a balance is the hard part. This involves reading the word constantly and praying for a barrier around our minds to keep out the evil and only accept the purest thoughts.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

When we fall in love we attribute it to following our hearts. Our minds can tell us what to do or not to do, but our  heart usually makes the final decision. With heart month coming up, let’s make the decision to take care of our hearts physically and spiritually, and live our best lives yet!

Happy Valentines!

“The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand.” Robert Valett.

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