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A Healthy Heart
6/24/2014

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. Jer. 17:7, 10 (NKJV)

I think we can all agree, a healthy heart translates to a healthy life – both physically and spiritually.  If we don’t take care of our heart, we will find ourselves either in the hospital seeking repairs, or potentially even dying sooner than we might have. 

One of the best things we can do for our heart to keep it working optimally is to eat healthy and exercise.  Cutting back on the junk food, and getting out for a brisk walk can make all the difference as to whether our heart functions at its peak potential or begins to get clogged up with junk.  Again, this principle works both physically and spiritually.  Let me explain.

When we think upon improper things, it’s like eating junk.  If we don’t stop thinking upon these things, the seeds of this junk will make their way deep into the soil of our heart.   Over time, we can clearly see the roots take hold, and the fruit of bitterness, jealousy, lust, coveting, worry, doubt and fear begin to come forth.

So what can we do to keep these roots from ravaging our heart?

We need to exercise our mind in the reading of God’s Word.  We need to feed it the healthy things to think upon, such as His truth and wisdom.  As we do this it will begin to reverse the damage previously done.  Simply put God’s word is the miracle cure for any ailing heart. 

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb. 4:12 (NKJV)

When we have the desire to have God’s word sewn into the very fabric of our heart, we will be filled with His Spirit continuously, and we will see great Fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).  And that my friends, is a healthy heart. 

I want to encourage you today to take the test—read your Bible every day, and choose to think upon the things God has asked you to think upon—those things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8)—and see the difference it makes in your attitude, confidence, joy, and peace of mind (cf. Prov. 4:23).

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (Prov. 4:23 NLT).

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 4:23, what can we learn about our heart and our actions?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you guarding your heart by reading God’s word daily, and taking every thought captive?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s keep our physical and spiritual hearts happy and healthy by eating good, and exercising continuously.

Make This Your Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word and for the wisdom contained within it.  Help me to eradicate any bad roots within my heart, and to plant Your seeds of life deep within my heart.  Fill me with the fruit of Your Spirit today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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