In my previous blog(click this link to read it) I laid a foundation on various types of deaths and briefly spoke on two of them. This blog will be a continuation of the series entitled The Walking Dead, but I will be going a little bit deeper on the impact of Understanding The Heart
Understanding The Heart
Your heart is one of the most important organs both physically and spiritually. In the natural sense, the heart is responsible for regulating blood in and out of the body 24 hours a day about 70-80 times a minute according to Yale-New Haven Hosptial(http://www.ynhh.org/heart-and-vascular-center/heart_works.aspx). I think this is interesting and I am astounded by how the heart functions and keeps us operating by pumping blood through the veins and out of its arteries. But what happens if we put too much pressure on the heart, and unnecessary fluid begins to encompass the heart? It will cause the heart to fail, which is also known as Pericardial effusion. Just like in the natural, this can also happen in the spiritual ream.
The bible states
He who covers his sins will not prosper,But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Happy is the man who is always reverent,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. (Proverbs 28:13-14New King James Version (NKJV))
I believe your heart pumps circumstances in and out daily but we sometimes get unnecessary stuff caught in the heart that we do not confess, or release, which puts pressure on the heart. As you may know, when your heart begins to overload, it begins to operate harder, less efficiently and overtime it results in failure. This may lead to an emotional death. We allow stuff from our daily life and flesh to stay captive in our hearts, instead of letting it move through, and allowing our pipes to stay clean. But how do we clean out our heart and begin to allow it to function correctly? You have to search deep down inside, and recognize what is holding your heart hostage. From there, you will be able to orchestrate an exit plan. This can be done in several ways, but is not limited to
prayer, self-examination, fasting and/or asking someone that is close to you
(Certain situations, feelings, and emotions, are sometimes so deep inside that you are the only person available to find it)
If you use the above tools effectively, they will help you narrow down the things that are trapped deep inside your heart. Not only that, it will help you to keep them out, as well as anything that would not be ideal for you.
Lets start with PRAYER, prayer has been helping people for many many centuries and will continue to do so for years to come. One prayer that I love and I feel will help you or someone else, is found in Psalm 51 verses 10-12 and it reads: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit." AMP
A man named David, who wanted a pure heart standing with God, wrote this profound prayer. He also knew that having the wrong type of heart would not only stagger his actions, but also allow him to lose his relationship with God.
Sometimes we know what we are doing is wrong and we say sorry, but we never take the time to evaluate our hearts and make the proper changes needed to keep our heart pure. Prayer changes circumstances and it is a good way to put us back on the right track when we begin to steer off the road, which we all know is easy to do.
Another useful tool is Self-Examination, which goes greatly with the prayer above. WHY? Because it allows you to admit that something deep inside is not right, but gives you an opportunity to look at your heart. Also self-examination reveals that your life is being impacted from things you have not dealt with and because you see it is bleeding out and impacting your daily relationships with your coworkers,family, wife and etc. Using both Prayer and Self-examination together is a great idea. I also recommend it to help balance out those tough to find areas in our lives that we are great at hiding. In the next part of the series I will discuss what to do when the above does not work in your favor.