Key Scripture – “Guard your heart, for out of it comes the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
“Key Thought – “in the heart of New Creation life we have been given the life of Christ.”
Your heart is a land of your core belief system and from it comes all the issues of life.
Some people find this hard to believe, they focus on their thoughts, feelings and emotions and only believe something when they experience it. In this case, they are living from their soul, which is the realm of their thinking and feelings. The truth is that their thoughts and emotions have been made new, but they contain all the thinking and knowledge of the past. It is here in the realm of our soul that we need to renew our thinking to come in line with our new creation spirit.
To put it this way, God created us with a soul, our mind, emotions and feelings and he desires that we prosper in complete health in our lives by experiencing the resurrection power of Christ in every area of our life, which is already thriving in our spirit.
The Apostle John draws our attention to the importance of releasing our souls from all condemnation. For life has a subtle trick that plays on our minds and before we are often aware of it little negative thoughts become weeds of fear, anxiety, forgiveness, bitterness, lust, greed and pride that crowds out the resurrection power of Christ alive in us. He puts it this way: –
“And by this we know that we are of the truth and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. – (1 John 3: 19-22 NKJV).
John describes the experience of the soul as either condemnation or confidence. It is a condition of a soul of being in health or feeling unwell and a soul which can be made whole by knowing and living in the truth.
In everyday life the combined effect of many small thoughts that seem ordinary ultimately affect the health of our heart, from the moment we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night, the things we think, the things we feel , the things we dwell on, alter our perception of the truth. What captivates our mind, what gets our attention is what cultivates our heart.
But that is not the whole story, because in the heart of New Creation life we have been given the life of Christ. It is the promise of Jesus Christ who understood the reality of living in a world of influence and He promised to everyone who would listen the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling in the life of anyone who wanted it,
“ On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” – John 7 : 37- 38.
This amazing, almost too good to be true promise, assures us that the power of the Holy Spirit alive inside us is a torrent of life giving power that overflows with divine delight. He places us into all the goodness of God, so that our daily lives become an experience of the glory and goodness of God.
We were created to see, feel, touch, taste, and listen to the world that we live in. After all we are born human beings, with a body, senses, needs and desires. And these desires were created for us to feel and delight in the extravagant love of God, to be captivated by the beauty and glory of a loving Father.