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Happy Hearts

download (1)When we are born again, God gives us a new heart. He takes that old, stubborn, hardened, rebellious heart and He gives us a new heart that is soft, submitted and sensitive to Him and to His will.

We read about this heart transplant in Ezekiel 36:26-27, NKJV:

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

The problem is that we still live in the same family, we still work in the same place and we still live in a sick, fallen world where our hearts are the targets of all kinds of hurtful words and actions.

Someone once wisely observed, “Everybody either has a problem, lives with a problem, or is a problem!”

And that’s the problem!

This is why we must learn how to keep our hearts whole. Consider Solomon’s advice:

Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23, NKJV

In his book The Cry of the Soul, Dan Allender explains why we must not ignore the language of our emotions:

“Ignoring our emotions is turning our back on reality; listening to our emotions ushers us into reality. And reality is where we meet God…Emotions are the language of the soul. They are the cry that gives the heart a voice.”

Did you hear that?

Emotions are the soul’s language. It’s our heart’s attempt to speak to us about the true condition of our soul.

Healing begins when we are willing to face the truth about ourselves and our areas of hurt, disappointment and brokenness.

Will you join me in listening?

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  1. Rose Jones
    March 26th, 2013 at 21:02 | #1

    Pastor, this series is amazing, so practical and sooooo needed. Thank you for all that you do for the body of Christ.

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