I’ve had many and so have you. You may be having one right now. A Heart Attack! Don’t worry you don’t need to run to the nearest emergency room you just need to read this and apply it to your life and your heart attacks will get better!
1 John 3:19-22 ‘This then is how we know that we belong to the TRUTH and how we set our hearts in HIS presence whenever our HEARTS CONDEM US (heart attack) for God is greater than our hearts and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.”
If you are having a ‘heart attack’, self-criticizing pity party – don’t worry, God is greater than your heart, for he knows more about WHO YOU ARE than your heart ever could.
We often hear, “trust your heart”. But clearly our hearts can condemn us and I’m not into trusting that which steals truth! The Message version of the scripture above says this…Lets not just talk about love lets practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living, truly living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God!
Live in your reality or God’s reality…How do we silence the self-criticizing heart and live in God’s reality? ~By setting our hearts on God’s Love.
1 John 2:1 …if anybody sin, we have one who speaks to the father in our defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous one.
From the words of John I say this to you: But you have an anointing from the Holy one and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
I’m not saying you all know the truth, because I don’t know you all, but I do know that if you believe Jesus Christ is the son of God and died for the sins of the world that YOU may have life, then you know the truth. And it is that TRUTH that will set you free. It is that Truth that, when applied to your heart, stops the heart attacks and self-criticizing heart and allows you to have confidence before God, receiving from him anything you ask according to His will because you obey his commands(love God and love people) and you do what pleases him.
Start believing God over what your heart is telling you about you and start living in the truth… God made that heart of yours and he should be the one living there and speaking there. If that’s not the case for you, if God is not living and residing in your heart or if you kick him out every other moment because you think your truth is stronger than God’s then you are a heart attack waiting to happen! How about you decide with me today and take the strongest medicine available to ward off Heart Attacks and open God’s word and do what it says! I’m in…are you?
Sings and sings and sings…I’ll keep going back to this one for a bit!!!
Seriously…so good, Tracy. This scripture just sings, doesn’t it?
Can I approve a comment that starts with ‘holy freakin cow’ when I just finished blogging about cussin??? um yea….its ok because for you Natalie, it explains your heart. You are tilled soil ready to be planted, ready for the seed, willing to take it in(whatever the cost) and let it grow!
I had to read what I wrote again to see what was ‘holy freakin’ about it and lo and behold I saw it! God is a genius…HIS WORD knocked you over. God is working on my heart condition and I’m happy to continue to share…but first~about musicals…..
Holy freakin cow woman! that is a big one! there is a lot of good stuff to take in… i dont even know where to start. i need to read it again and again! thats a good word! AND it totally confirms and better explains that verse that we were talking about at Palina Lake last weekend! remember the one that says “the heart is sick beyond repair” or something like that. and i totally didnt understand cuz i thought that our hearts were the good parts of people. the real us. but the truth is — ANY part of us is full of sin and is sick beyond repair, no matter what, without the cleansing Grace of Jesus Christ and his WORD, which is basically what you are saying right? man, its a lot to take in and mull over! thank you for the challenge, and the encouragement!