by Dottie Compton

Guest Post

Our hearts need great care.

Robert Frost stated that two areas of self-destruction are fire and ice, both rooted in our hearts,
“The fiery emotions of desire and the icy calamities of hate.”

Biblically speaking, your heart significantly impacts your life, and its condition is powerfully relevant to your daily outcomes and future. Knowledge is power, and knowing that your heart is an area that must be constantly surrendered to God in order to succeed—is vital.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

King David, though he had a heart for God, fell into the trap of fire when he committed adultery. He placed his passions above God at that moment—he paid dearly as a result.

God warns us in Proverbs 16:25, saying, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is destruction.”

The bottom line:

Our hearts will deceive us, and destruction will follow.

The heart requires constant reconditioning as we struggle to keep God at the forefront of our heart’s focus. If we fail, we risk fire and ice swaying our actions.

When we have a heart problem, our focus is generally on ourselves, and we quickly lose sight of the most significant gift we’ve ever been given—The Holy Spirit.

In John 14:17, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.” But for Christians, the Holy Spirit’s presence is guaranteed, “You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

In verse 26, He further says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and will bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you. “

If you have surrendered your life to Christ and invited the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, you have all you need to overcome life’s challenges—allow Him to lead.

Galatians 5:22 states the Holy Spirit produces the experience and character of God’s love in us. And verses 15 and 25 say we can walk in daily spiritual victory by the power of the Spirit.

We develop an intimate knowledge of God as we understand the person of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It takes time and effort, but the benefits will change your life!

Maybe you are struggling with your heart right now; perhaps you feel it’s crumbling or abandoning you. You may even be facing a major decision that involves your heart.

Don’t let go.

Take steps closer to God. Spend time in prayer and His presence. You may not know what to say, but show up before Him and allow Him to heal and guide you.

Surrender yourself and your problems to Him and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you.

As your heart agrees with God and His will, you can trust the Holy Spirit’s inner witness (or knowing) deep within.

Your thoughts may scream you’ll never be enough, but as your heart changes, you will realize God says the opposite; He will carry you through to your purpose.

Your thoughts may say you’ve failed, but as your heart experiences more of God and His plan for you, He will bring you to a place of peace.

Your thoughts may say you are unworthy, but that is a lie because Jesus came to rescue you, declaring you are worthy of such a sacrifice, and He will open your eyes to His great love.

God will always chase your heart. He will always come after His beloved. Go to Him ❤️

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