Aug 13, 2020
Exploring the Good Heart Series Part 3
Michael Thompson, SJ Jennings, Jim Chenet, Scott Stankavage
When the headwaters of our hearts are muddied, we start to misinterpret our story.
Your belief plays a huge role in the status of your heart.
Doing something wrong is different from something is wrong with me.
Romans 10:9-10 Our heart has the capacity to believe. Either we believe lies or the truth.
We need training in how to believe. We have to believe that God can restore our hearts. He wants to redeem things that didn’t go well and restore you to who you were meant to be. Bring the files from the file cabinet of your heart to God so He can redeem them.
A heart is like a house. Jesus knocks on the door. We often let him in to the entry way and by measures into different rooms - perhaps only the parlor. Some friends are “refrigerator friends” meaning they can go into the refrigerator any time to help themselves to the food you have. Does Jesus have access to the refrigerator?
Like the computer has a hard drive, humans have a heart drive. The heart drive has to be cleaned and redeemed in order to work properly.
Robin Williams and Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting” - “It’s not your fault.”
Sometimes we throw up a huge defensive mechanism rather than digging in and dealing with the wounds of the heart.
The currency of the Kingdom is what you believe. If you believe the truth or you believe the lies, that has been the bank where you have been storing up your investments. You are reaping from your investments.
The reason to become wholehearted is so that you can come to the aid and encouragement of the hearts of others.
How do you guard your heart?
First, “I’m in.” Subscribe to God’s heart renovation program.
Second, ask God specific questions, i.e. why am I reacting this way. Why does ______ make me angry? Show me my hurtful ways. Choose vigilance and pay attention.
Journal - jot down your questions, answers, past God moments, verses that are helpful.
Join in book and Bible stories with other men.
Store up the Word in your heart.
Word study suggestions: “heart’, “zoweh”, “kingdom”, “freedom”
The Heart of a Warrior by Michael Thompson
Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
Waking the Dead by John Eldredge
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