Did you know that your heart is at the center of your physical, emotional and spiritual being?
We live in such a fast paced world that we tend to forget that our hearts are central to life. Do you want to live well? Do you want to love people well? Look after your heart!
God has really been placing these ideas of the heart on my heart lately.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 (MSG)
23 Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts.
When we understand that our hearts are central to life, it opens our eyes to see just how hard the enemy is working to destroy peoples hearts. The deadliest spiritual warfare goes on in the realm of the heart. Every person I know has their own personal story of attacks made on their hearts, and they all come in different forms. Every heart is different, so every strategic attack is different, but it always leads to the same place. A broken and sick heart.
Proverbs 13:12 (NIV)
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
We bury our hearts to try to keep them protected. We pile so much stuff on top of them they barely have room to beat. We switch them off or disengage because then life doesn’t hurt quite so much. But, we need our hearts to be springs of life. God needs our hearts to be full and hopeful. Our families and children need us to have hearts that are fully alive. The people around us need our hearts to be free, not buried under mountains of “stuff”.
What is the most attractive thing to the broken hearted? HOPE. As Christians we have hope in Jesus Christ. We can put our hope in Him because we know Him and we know that He is good. We know that His goodness goes further than any brokenness or sickness we are dealing with. We know that His love covers over a multitude of inadequacies, shame, guilt and imperfections.
Matthew 6:21 (NIV)
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
This piece of scripture puts our hearts in the same place as our treasures, but your heart is a treasure too, one of the most precious things on this planet at this moment in time. Your heart should not be a buried treasure. Your heart needs to be fully alive and free. It should be out where people can see it and where you can make use of it. Your heart needs to be beating loud and clear with the message of hope in Jesus. Your treasure needs to be visible so that people can appreciate it’s beauty.
If you feel like your treasure is buried, I encourage you to spend some time praying about it. Take your hope of glorious treasure to Jesus. He makes beauty from ashes and brings healing where there is brokenness. He is our only hope. He will guide you in the search for your buried treasure and he will restore it to it’s original glory.
If you would like to read more on this subject I highly recommend Waking the Dead by John Eldregde. You can read the first chapter, or you can buy the entire book by following the links below. God totally changed my life through this book. There was a revolution in my heart.