If you want to experience transformation, you cannot ignore the life of the heart. Its the core of who you are. It’s the treasured seat of your life–the deep places of your inner man. Out of it flows everything that matters to you. God looks at it. Your motives are there. Why you really do what you do flows from the heart.
Today’s culture can easily fall into a place where we ignore the life of the heart. I can sit down with people and ask them, “How’s your job? How’s work? How is ministry going?” and I can get quick answers. Ask someone, “How is your heart doing?” and I often get dead stares or verbal ramblings that don’t answer the question.Today’s culture can easily fall into a place where we ignore the life of the heart. Click To Tweet
Proverbs tell us to keep our heart, guard our heart and watch over our heart.
Why? Because the heart is place that processes life; especially life in relationships. Your relationship with God, yourself and others affects the heart and flows through the heart.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
What is the enemy seeking to steal, kill and destroy? The life of the heart that Jesus came to bring. This life is experience through connecting to love relationship … with God … with yourself … and with others.
Your heart was made for healthy relationship. God made you to come alive in healthy relationship. Yet you must know the enemy has a desire to shut down the life of your heart and keep it from having a healthy existence.
I want to give you five assignments the enemy has against your heart that you need to be aware of.
1. To infect your brokenness and prevent healing.
The thief comes in to any area of our life where brokenness resides. You can hide it all you want, but satan’s army know where your unhealed areas are. His goal is to assault those areas and keep you from ever being healed.
I watch believers process through problems, difficulties and blocks; yet they do not recognize their own broken issues that are affecting the situation. When we don’t realize our brokenness, we blame our situations on others, including God. We point the finger around, instead of taking responsibility for our own life.
When we are filled with garbage, that is all we know. We don’t even know what health looks like anymore. The only way freedom can come is to first recognize broken areas that the Father needs to heal. Without that, we wander in the wilderness, and our brokenness remains intact–infecting ourselves and those around us.
2. To keep you busy enough so that you neglect the life of your heart.
“I don’t have any time!” is the cry of this generation. Yet you have all the time you make for what you value. And one of satan’s greatest tactics against modern civilization, is to keep us so busy, we have no time to deal with the issues of the heart.We will make time for what we value. Click To Tweet
So our times gets thrown into things that don’t add value to the heart. Our entertainment avenues distract us from dealing. So we just learn to “check out” and “numb out” to life, instead of facing and dealing with what we need to do to move forward in our healing. If we are not careful, we will actually become the Walking Dead that so many love to watch on TV today.
With so much information being processed today, we have to be careful that our speed of life does not cause us to ignore heart issues. The heart can only be tended to at a slow pace. It has to simmer in a crock pot. Stillness, margin and intentional times of restoration are so key for the life of your heart. But your business can keep you from even seeing the value of that.We have to be careful that our speed of life does not cause us to ignore heart issues. Click To Tweet
3. To train you to seek quick fixes.
When Jesus was confronted by certain seeking people, they would ask questions to get quick answers from Him. They wanted the two quick points or the bottom line. Their hearts just wanted an easy answer. Jesus knew this and got right to the heart. This is why He would say things like, “Sell everything you have. Let the dead bury the dead. Eat my flesh. Drink my blood.” These statements would leave the “quick fix” inquirers scratching their heads. But to the hungry heart, they press in for more.
Jesus spoke of the frustration in dealing with people as he echoed the words of Isaiah:
And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ Matthew 13:14–15 NKJV
To those who do not process a healthy heart life, God is talking, but they don’t hear him. God is moving, but they don’t see them. God is communicating, but they don’t get it. This is because the answer is we need heart healing! But we can’t because our hearts have grown dull.
4. To slowly wear you out with discouragement, hopelessness and despair.
In Daniel 7, the Bible speaks of the enemy coming to persecute the saints. That word persecute actually speaks of a wearing down or wearing away at.
Now more than ever, satan’s desire is to release discouragement and hopelessness like never before. It doesn’t collapse us overnight, but it can slowly over time wear away our faith, til one day we don’t have a desire to exercise our faith anymore.
People today hate pain. We don’t want anything that makes us uncomfortable, so we avoid pain and move to pleasure as quickly as possible.
One of the dangers I see today is that people are being tempted to pull the switch in their heart to the “off” position, in order to keep them from experiencing or feeling any more pain. The problem is, they not only turn themselves off from pain, they turn themselves off from the enjoyment of life as well. They become numb–walking through life by only going through the motions, never connecting to the full life Jesus brought.
5. To ruin your relationships so your heart gets cut off from the life of God.
This is the playground of satan’s war agains the saints–to get us messed up in our relationships with each other.
One common mistake I see today is that people value a relationship with God very highly, but value healthy relationships with their brothers and sisters very low. We don’t realize that our relationships are actually laboratories for our growth and develop in God. We grow in our relationship with an invisible God by learning to deal with visible people in healthy ways.
We cannot run to God and avoid people. The thief wants you to. If he can corner you into isolation, then he can flood you with all kinds of deluded thinking and insanity based torment.We cannot run to God and avoid people. Click To Tweet
Jesus warned in Matthew 24 that in the last days, the love of many would grow cold. They would betray each other, hate one another and will be offended easily. Many Christians are making strong statements about the end times, pointing to all the things wrong with others. Meanwhile, our love for each other is growing cold. Our love to work through issues with the family of God starts to wane. This is a great sign of deception moving into the church.
We have to move our relationships to the next level of health if we want to grow with God in a deeper dimension and have a healthy impact in this world.
Take your stand against the devices of the enemy against your heart. Do not be deceived any longer.
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