Have you ever found yourself in a very awkward or difficult situation because of something you said or had done? I think this can happen to all of us. Every single one of us has an issue of the heart that comes from the unregenerate part of us. The heart issue might have come from when we were growing up. It has been said that by the time we are about 6 years old much of our personality has been formed according to our experience and environment. Harshness or dysfunction can cause some tough heart issues that eventually will cause us to find ourselves in not so happy situations in life.
I’ve heard some people as described as having “no filter”, meaning that the issues of their heart just squirts on out their mouths at any given time. Most of the time it is inconvenient, insulting, and irrational. God actually wants us to guard our hearts, to take care of those issues indwelling it, and to renew ourselves.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
When the psalmist wrote this prayer to God, we have got to know he was struggling with some things. No one prays for a pure heart without having had experienced some hardness and what that creates in our lives. The scripture couples a pure heart with a steadfast spirit. To be steadfast is to be dedicated and unwavering in that dedication. Meaning, when our heart is pure then we are more dedicated to God, and that dedication begins to drive our lives.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
We are instructed in God’s word to watch over what is going on in our heart area because everything else in life is guided by what is in there. We can be guided into great things or we can destroy everything around us according to our heart condition. We all need heart surgery, meaning that we need to evaluate what is in there and work toward correcting the areas that lead us astray and cause us to not be diligent in our faith and lives.
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
There is no doubt that we can create our lives by what we speak into them. Our mouths and speech have the ability to bless or curse. A person can actually curse their life by the way they talk. Its the truth! If you have a hard time remaining positive, or if you tend to insult people around you with no mind to the chaos you just created, then you have a heart issue. God instructs us to be slow to speak for a reason. Our speech sets forth our lives and the kind of speech we have comes from what is in our hearts.
Is it time for you to get some heart surgery? Take some time to examine your life. Are there things that keep going wrong without stopping? Do you often feel overwhelmed by chaos and issues that keep arising? Try asking God to search your heart and allow Him to reveal any evil ways, or dysfunctional thinking within you. The thoughts that are being created, even unconscious things can be driving your life into the kind you don’t want to have.
I ask the Lord to give you divine revelation concerning your heart. You can try doing all the right things but if you have a heart issue you need surgery for life to be better for you. Give it a try. Its the truth.
Pastor Jenine Marie Howry
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