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Real Relationships bring you prosperity!
Our hearts and others.
Man where do I begin with this one... so much to say here.
Let me start by explaining what I mean. In life we are given time, people, gifts, talents, animals, land, etc. to steward. We are called to steward well and within boundaries. If you have been walking this earth long you may have noticed there are people that you effect and that effect you. Some are close to "home" and some are only bystanders. Either way people effect people. You may even hear it being stated as 'they rubbed me the wrong way" or "she brings so much joy into the room".
It all begins within a person's heart. Within our hearts, it is how we see the world, how we feel and what we believe (knowledge accepted). It's who we are, it's OUR heart. This can include the wounded parts of us and the parts made whole. I just recently heard on a podcast from James Goll that he believes our "heart" spiritually is like the natural heart. There are many chambers, many areas (rooms) that God has access to only when we GIVE it to Him. When we are saved we invite him into the foyer or maybe just one guest room. So he still has the rest of the house (heart) to be invited in to. When we do this and are healed and whole in Christ, I believe our heart will reveal HIM in His fullness.
This healing or wholeness, is a process of understanding and knowing ourselves. Some may have mentors, parents or friends to teach this process and others the redemptive power of Christ begins the journey for us. Either way the process is OURS and it always starts with us saying yes. Yes to the pain, yes to owning us, yes to walking it through and yes to overcoming.
In my previous blog I wrote about pressing past the pain. The process of knowing ourselves may have pain, but it's worth saying YES and going through it. The more we know us, the more we know HIM and we are able to know others. He did create us in His image and to have community, but we can only love others as we love ourselves. So we must know and walk through healing ourselves.
1. What is our HEART? What is it's purpose?
So we have our physical heart which is quite impressive. Our heart has 4 chambers split into 2 top parts and 2 bottom parts. The 2 top parts, atria, RECEIVE blood from different sources. One source is the lungs and one is from the rest of the body. The 2 bottom parts, ventricles, pump the blood BACK OUT to the body.
Let's look at this as an analogy. Within our hearts, we NEED to RECEIVE. In the natural we receive blood from the lungs AND from the body. In the spiritual we receive purpose (hope & life) from God (lungs) and also from our community (body). Receiving purpose (life & hope) can come in many forms. It's what drives us, gives us a future, renews our soul and restores our heart when we walk in alignment with it.
As we have received the blood, we now need to pump that blood BACK OUT to our body in the natural. And so it is in the spiritual. You may have heard the saying "a mans words reveal his heart". So what we receive (or have) is what we give. Everyone is created to impact someone. If we do not have an "outlet", we become stagnant and create an atmosphere for a possible self induced coma, selfcitis :). Basically we become really selfish, emotions whacked out and physically sick.
Here is a list of what some may label the heart: our emotions, realness of who we are, beliefs, true selves, will, intellect, feelings, character, personality, seat of conscience, ruling center of the whole person, spring of all desires, home of personal life and center of spiritual activity.
Let me make an important statement that the heart is NOT our thoughts. Our thoughts are instantly influenced by so many factors outside of ourselves. Television, media, social media, news, fears, enemy, distractions, to do lists, etc.
2. What do our hearts carry?
It carries US. You. Your heart is who you are! The beautiful, the good, bad and ugly. It's what we think and believe. It's the knowledge we accept as truth or lies. It is a very deep well of all that we have chosen or accepted to be.
Until the fullness of Him resides in us, the heart includes any wounds and lies that are now beliefs that we have not dealt with. Lies that speak: I am ugly, no one likes me, everyone sees me as that weird guy, I am stupid, lame shameful, I am not worthy, I am not enough, If only I was, if only I could be, if only......
If not dealt with, these lies and wounds can delay our hope, our freedom, keep us in bondage, living in fear, not walking in our complete destiny. The untapped parts of our hearts do not allow us to be our TRUEST self 🙂 We must tap into each "chamber/room" of our hearts to be known by Him and redeemed by Him in our souls.
I believe when we are saved that means our spirit man is born again (alive) and redeemed to its fullness and seated in heavenly places with Jesus. The scripture states that we are to "prosper as our soul prospers" I believe it to be speaking about receiving the fullness of Him manifested through our entire being including our soul (emotion, thoughts, heart, etc) and body.
The Lord had used me recently to walk someone through healing. They have had the darkest time of their walk the last 5 years. It included rebellion, anxiety, anger, loss of vision and no hope. They could not see why this had happened, especially when they were amazingly walking as a leader, growing ministry, influencing others and with much fruit for 15 years before this.
While chatting, the Lord revealed to me that the behaviors resembled how they behaved pre-Jesus days and there was a trigger that brought this person back to those days. The trigger was a person from pre-Jesus days contacting them, with "love".
This awakened the part of their heart that was "shut off", "protected", and not tapped into because of the pain that awaited there. (I can discuss this more in another blog)
To grab this, notice how this part of her heart was unavailable to Jesus the whole time walking and seeking Him and hearing Him for themselves and others. Again, I believe Jesus is a gentleman and He doesn't push himself on all of us anytime He wants or see something to deal with. It's a walk. It's an important walk that brings trust and builds faithfulness and relationship.
We all have opportunities to create parts of our hearts like this because of a trauma in our lives. Usually as a kid, but it can happen anytime in life if we are unaware on how to handle, process and walk out of the trauma.
Again, it starts with us. It is a choice to invite Him in, let Him stay a while and redeem or restore all that was stolen, broken, beaten or hurt within us.
Our next blog we will be discussing how to take care of our hearts, know our hearts and heal them. What does it mean to invite Christ in and how He is welcomed to stay there. As always, you are invited to share input. What you agree with or not or any questions you may have as well.
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This blog is written in hopes to inspire you to be an amazing YOU! To be real, honest, loving and kind. First to YOURSELF and then to others!