GUARD YOUR HEART
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23 KJV)
In the last capsule we started on the importance of our thought life in achieving and maintaining divine health. One of the feedback I got felt my approach was too harsh (and I thought I was being gentle and softly, softly), my question to the person was 'how would she have conveyed the same truth?' She eventually agreed that there was nothing wrong with the message and approach, it's just that she has never heard it presented like that. I agree that we can all improve in the way we present things but we should never lose focus of the substance.
Still talking about your thought life, Proverbs 4:20-23 gives us some crucial steps to follow, but let's look at the conclusion in verse 23. It puts the responsibility of protecting your mind on you. Interestingly what you are protecting are ISSUES OF LIFE i.e. matters that influence all areas of your life, in other words you can walk in health, wealth, freedom from demonic oppression and condemnation of sin. The only way you will ever walk in the spirit or become spiritually mature is to 'learn' how; they are not instinctive, or spontaneous or natural, that is why the Holy Spirit is a teacher (John 14:26, 16:13), and you have the word of God. They are meant to teach you to be spiritual and you learn using your mind which is the seat of your thought life. As you learn to think or walk in the spirit, it becomes a habit.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6 KJV)
Unlike the flesh or spirit, your mind has the ability to be either carnal, (that is ruled by the 5 senses) or to be spiritual. It stands between the spiritual and the carnal, and both are vying for its attention . Romans 8:5-13 explains this dynamics, but look at verse 6 which is a key. If your mind is dominated by carnal issues it produces death, if it is dominated by spiritual thoughts it produces life and peace. You see why I said in capsule 12 'you are responsible for your thought life and your thought life is responsible for your health'. Your mind is like a valve, it can open up to your spirit, releasing all the goodness of God out and flooding your physical existence with divine health (Romans 8:11, Proverbs 4:22, Philippians 4:6-9). In verse 9 of Philippians chapter 4, Paul said these things should be learnt and practised. Unfortunately the modern church has inadvertently encouraged laziness of thought. That is why 'Prayer Meetings/Grounds' are filled with the same group of people, always expecting and looking for easy fix without 'taking thought'.
Lastly, the question I often get asked is what does it mean to be spiritual, or spiritually minded or walk in the spirit? I think this is a fascinating question which we would be looking into in the next capsule. (God's pill, smooth and small enough to swallow, easily digestible to release it's goodness)
GUARD YOUR HEART, DO IT DILIGENTLY, ALLOW NO CARELESS THOUGHT