Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
Over the last several years we have been hearing the words, heart smart, more and more. America is starting to become more aware of their eating habits and many are trying to become more heart smart. More and more recipe books are being published about a healthier way of eating and a healthier way of living. How we eat and our exercise routines affect our hearts in many ways. When we take care of our bodies our heart can function better.
Looking around this world and hearing news stories I am beginning to wonder how smart we are with our hearts. As Christians, are we taking care of our hearts as God has asked? When we study the Bible, we can find some tips on becoming heart smart spiritually.
1. Believe with your heart- Romans 10:9-10; Psalm 13:5-6
As Christians our belief comes in a relationship with Jesus. Our hope comes from His promises, and He is the one who gives us strength. Our salvation comes from our belief in Him and keeps our hearts pumping.
2. Purpose with your heart- 2 Timothy 1:9; Matthew 22:37
Salvation is only the beginning for Christians. We need to purpose in our hearts to keep a holy life, free from worldly pleasures. We are God's temple and through us Jesus uses us to serve His purpose to accomplish salvation for all. We become spiritually healthy when we purpose to keep God in our life and follow His commands.
3. Serve with your heart- 2 Samuel 12:24; Joshua 24:15
Serving Christ is a great way to exercise your heart. Get out there, use the gospel shoes you've put on and spread the good news, lend a helping hand, get on the move serving the Lord.
4. Sing with your heart- Ephesians 5:19, Acts 6:25
Singing can be such a lift to our spirits and bring joy to our souls. Singing can also lift up those around you and bring sunshine to the downcast. When we sing praises and rejoice in the Lord, we're giving our hearts a good dose of heart healthy food.
5. Trust with your heart- Psalm 28:7; Jeremiah 29:13
When we trust someone, we feel safe and can breathe easier. Nothing helps the heart and keeps our blood pumping properly as breathing at a calm steady pace. Jesus has shown us we that can trust Him and when we choose Jesus, we are in the safest place we can be. Trust Jesus and He will help you and walk daily with you giving you peace so that you can breathe easier.
6. Love with all your heart- Deuteronomy 10:12; Colossians 3:14
God is love, everything about God shows love for this earth and mankind. Love is happy, love warms the soul, love forgives. When we show love and receive love our blood pumps through our veins a little better. Love should be our driving motivation in all our words and actions as it is God's motivation for this world of sin He wants to save.
Being human, if we don't take care of our physical hearts it can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, congestive heart failure. So, we do what we can to keep our hearts healthy which includes our lifestyle. As a child of God, we all need to do more for our heart spiritually to keep us healthy and in accordance with our Savior as we strive to abide in Him and invite Him to live in us.
Some ways can include stressing less and relying on God. Becoming more active in serving God. Daily partake of the heart healthy Word of God. God created each of us for a purpose and we are important in this world. God wants us all to live strong vital lives and that begins by taking care of our hearts both physically and spiritually.
I hope you have been enjoying our studies through the Bible. I don't have a new study this week but we will begin one again in the next blog. Reading the Bible is a spiritual discipline, which means that we need to be disciplined in how we approach it. If you lack the desire to read the Bible, pray and ask that God would give you a desire for his word. Then, build a time into your day to read Scripture and make this time a priority. You should then find people to hold you accountable to a reading plan. Maybe even start a reading plan with someone. Please take some time today to open your Bible and do some reading on your own allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you.
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