Friday, February 8, 2013

A Heart Condition.

Looking on the inside of the cover you may find convictions scribbled down the sidebars. Entire verses or chapters highlighted and marked from different seasons of relevance and healing.

In the back of my journal I write down words and sentences that dance off the page and into my heart--continual transformation from the information bound in a book--The Book.

Literature driven by a sword that pierces and cuts away at callused flesh. A machete that will slay away branches and dead vines--pruning a heart to be raw and tender, giving room for fresh breath and healthy growth.

The human heart is the most deceitful
     of all things,
     and desperately wicked.
 Who really knows how bad it is?
But I, the LORD, search all hearts
    and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards,
according to what their actions deserve.

Jeremiah 4:9-10

The story of salvation begins at the heart. The Hebrew words leb and lebab (both meaning "heart") are hard to translate because they rarely refer to the physical human heart. Rather, the heart is the center of one's being, an image for a person's thought life, reflections, and will. The story of the heart reveals a person's commitment and direction in life.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious
Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of
          everlasting life.

Psalm 139:23-24

At the heart we find lyrics that contradict our faith. Actions that leave us turned around and lost. And motives that are self-derived and empty. At the heart of God we find grace, forgiveness, lavishing love, and continued mercy--the way and the Truth.

The heart of every problem is a problem in the heart. -Warren Wiersbe

I circle the word heart because it is the root of all. Physically circling the word highlights the importance of what it is God is speaking--exposing its condition--making it personal.

A heart condition can go unnoticed for years--a lifetime. Until diagnosed treatment can not be made. 

Allow yourself to be exposed and searched. Allow your heart condition to be diagnosed. And from there seek the information for transformation. 

When we walk with the Great Physician, He diagnoses accurately and heals completely. -DJ

From the inside out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reminder of my heart condition. The great Physician continues to heal the craggy places, Bringing to light those dark places for healing. His love cast out all fear. Fear of being exposed in the light. Fear of being rejected. Fear of being found out and what would people think. Fear of really not being good enough. He cast it all out leaving freedom to be fully known and fully loved by the only One who heals. What an exhale! Praise Him!