Have you ever heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is?” When we hear the word heart in that sentence we know it’s not literally the organ beating in the chest. Where your heart lies in this sense is directed towards what you love, what guides you and brings meaning to your life. It’s tied in with the soul.
In this life I’m sure you have experienced some setbacks and every so often have had a curve-ball thrown your way. At times you may have felt defeated, offended, broken, inadequate, lost, unworthy, and confused. I know I have. How do these things affect the heart and why does it matter where your heart is at?
First off, the only heart you can control is your own. It also speaks louder than you may think. The choices you make affect your heart. It’s up to you when it comes to who you allow access to it, what you fill it up with and what comes first.
YOUR HEART BANK ACCOUNT
Sometimes we treat the heart like a bank account. We can fill up our lives will all sorts of things on this earth; all which can bring temporary joy. We will deposit these things in our heart bank account. Sometimes we have to make withdrawal, which leaves the account with a lesser amount. Next you find new things to fill it up with. After that you are taking something out again. It turns into a constant cycle. We can’t rely on people, materialistic things or anything else to keep us feeling satisfied and content with life. We need help from the best banker: Jesus. He takes care of those voids. He’s the banker you can write a voided check to, which links to your heart bank account. A voided check is never accepted for payment. There is nothing you can give to this banker to not love you or want to take care of you. The devil tries to kill, steal and destroy, but a thief can never steal a voided check. God is looking out and we can trust him to secure our heart bank account. He wants to keep filling up your heart with his love and never withdraw that away from you.
HEARTS ARE UP FOR GRABS
Your heart is an important part of who you are. That is why it is up for some serious grabs. God and the devil are in fight after your heart. Spiritual warfare goes on around us. The Devil will often trick people by repeating the same schemes. He wants to find the best way to get in the way of the good plans God has for your life. His goal is to keep you lost and as far away from God as possible by trying to continuously tempt and confuse you. Your heart is delicate and since there is an enemy who wants to mess with it you have to stand ground by putting on the full armorer of God.
Ephesians 6:13-17 says, “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
STAYING CONNECTED WITH OTHERS WHO HAVE A HEART FOR GOD
We are called to connect, grow, stay accountable and build with other believers. Let’s face it, we are going to go through some tough stuff. Getting plugged in with a community of believers is something our hearts need. We are not meant to do this alone. God created relationships with others for a reason. Yes, I have Jesus. But I have my days where I need a Jesus loving friend to look me in the eyes and speak some loving truth to me when I’m in a tough spot. It is a blessing to surround yourself with those people.
THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART
We don’t want to go astray and end up with the homeless heart. Proverbs 4:23 says: “Guard your heart about all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Who and what you allow access to your heart, what comes first and what you fill your heart up with speaks for itself. Matthew 6:21 says: “For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Lastly, I want to leave you with Psalms 73:26. “My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”