Get Your Head, Out of Your Heart
Get Your Head, Out of Your Heart
After recently experiencing a death in the family, I was listening to people talking about the person having a good heart, but the person couldn’t get their life together enough to enjoy it. As they spoke, I felt God give me the phrase “he couldn’t get his head out of his heart.” This particular family member had a heart filled with good intention yet at the same time, he had a head filled with excuses and rationalizations as to why he couldn’t and / or shouldn’t act upon them. The man lived in eternal torment because of this raging battle going on inside him between his heart and head.
Before I go any further, you should know that I am speaking on the spiritual heart. I found this and wanted to share it; What is the meaning of "heart" in scripture? The Bible uses the word "heart" primarily to refer to the ruling center of the whole person, the spring of all desires. The heart is the "home of the personal life," and hence a man is designated, according to his heart. This seems to be a pretty accurate summarization of the spiritual heart (my book). On the other hand, there is the mind: The mind is the set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, judgement, language and memory, which is housed in the brain.
The bible reads in Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. The heart rules who one truly is, (love, joy, peace, faith, etc.) while the mind is the computer running the body, (breathing, seeing, walking, fact finding, etc.). The heart is capable of believing in things unseen, while the mind is tuned to accept things which are verifiable. The heart accepts on trust and the mind accepts on fact. In which the dilemma causes human beings a lot of internal discussions between good and evil (if you will).
We are instructed in Proverbs 4:23 (ESV), Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. However, the enemy of our soul is out to stop us! He has taken on the job of dwelling in our mind to influence our decisions, weaken our faith and harden our heart. The bible warns of this in Philippians 4:7 ESV, And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Our carinal mind is a prime target for Satan and his daemons, as it is being asked to go against the grain and accept something in faith. This is why we have so many good-hearted people who always seem to be miserable. Even some, that have been in church all their lives, are miserable because their mind has never been convinced in nor confirmed a total belief in God.
It pays to note, the struggles between our heart and mind are never ending, in this lifetime, simply because we are born to this earth with a body and a soul. However! Hallelujah!! In John 3:16-17 (ESV), 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. God made a way for us to be reconciled with Him and attain His grace and mercy. Our requirement is spelled out all through the New Testament, but it is boiled down in Matthew 22:37 (ESV), And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
As long as we’re on planet earth, we will face issues of the heart and the mind and God is well aware of each situation. He has given each of us instruction in the bible of how we are to prepare, confront, endure and conquer such attacks. Romans 12:2 (ESV), 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
None of this will help the lost loved one, as he has passed on, but for those of us who are reading this it may help comfort, enlighten and or encourage. My prayer for you today comes from, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (ESV), 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. Amen
May your indecisiveness become less as your relationship with Jesus becomes more and your world becomes a little better place to live. PAL
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