Matthew 13:16 (NIV) But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
Your heart/your inner man as a fortified city
What comes out: Our words and actions.
Matthew 12:35 (NIV) The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
How things come in: The Eyes and The Ears.
Eyes- What we see & What we focus on.
Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV) 22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Matthew 6:19-24 (NIV) 19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.
What has your attention?
Hebrews 12:1(NIV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…
Song of Songs 2:15 (NLT) Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love
Intimacy:“We are meant to live by focusing on his face & the leading of his whisper!
2. Ears- What and who we listen to.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Philippians 4: 8 (NLT) Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
What happens when the word gets in us.
Jeremiah “The Progressive Fire”
Jeremiah 1:4-9 (NIV) 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." 6 "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child." 7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD. 9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth.
Jeremiah 5:14(NIV) I will make my words in your mouth a fire
Jeremiah 16:16(NIV) When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.
Eating The Scroll(Ezek 3:1, Rev 10:9)
Jeremiah 20:9(NIV) But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot
James 3:3-12 (NIV) 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Words are Weighty
Matthew 12:36-37 (NIV) 36 I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) The tongue has the power of life and death.
1. What we speak for: What we promote.
Proverbs 10:11 (NIV) The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.
The Message- The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well.
2. What we speak against: What we protest.
We can speak against ideas, we don’t speak against individuals.
3. What we speak loudest. What we personify
What we speak the loudest represents us most.
Romans 12:9-21 (NIV) 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Realities in Managing Tension
1- Just because its true doesn’t mean its not hurtful.
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
“The need to verbalize is not more valuable than the people we are speaking of.”
2- Contextualize being Constructive
“Complaints & criticism only work in the context of being constructive.”
“Complaining is to the devil what praise is to God." ~Bill Johnson
3- Venting fuels
Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) 11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control
4- Respond don’t react
1 Peter 3:9(NLT) 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.
5. Understand Context
Jesus said “Go and sin.”
Jesus said “Go and sin no more.”
What we should be the loudest in our praise:
1. Praise Possess Power
Psalm 22:3 (NKJV) You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
2. Praise Produces Peace
Colossians 3:15-16 (NIV) 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
3. Praise Proceeds Victory
Putting Praise together:
1)His purpose- His good intention
2)His promise- His guarantee
3)His providence he is in charge
7daysofgratfulness: 1) no complaining etc 2) Everyday express gratitude 3) share gratitude.
Psalm 141:3 (NIV) Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
3 regions of the brain: (3 brains)
Subconscious: 95% of the what we do. Where habits & patterns form.
1. Instinctual Primitive(action)-: breathing heart rate, basic physical movement balance posture. (We learn instincts) Habits Patterns Patterns.
2. Emotional(feeling)- Emotional and social experiences.
Conscience: Things we have to think about.(where most energy is spent)
3. Rational(thought)- largest and most developed Stores memories. Where we think, plan, learn, & form rational opinions.
Brain power is will power!
Matthew 16:21-26 (NIV) 21 Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
At this momentPeter had revelation but no application.
Thinking is Critical!
Love the Lord with all our Mind (Mt 22:37)
We are to have the mind of Christ!(1 Corinthians 2:6, Philippians 2:5)
“The thoughts we agree with or justify are the thoughts that empower us.”
How you think is more important than how you feel.
Romans 8:5-9 (NLT) 5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. 9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.
The Spiritual Mind
Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
-“We change our life by changing our mind!”
-We start & end with “What does God think?”
2-Leverage the Imagination
2 Corinthians 10:2-5 (NIV) 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Remember- It’s a Spiritual battle!
1. We Demolishing Strongholds: Mental arguments, fears, tensions, frustrations, world reasoning, anxieties.
2. Take thoughts captive
3. Yield them/Make them obedient to Christ.
“Faith is yielding human reasoning to God’s ability.”
We have to Change our “what if’s.”
Arguments- “Imaginative reasoning”
“The power to imagine will lock us down with fear or unlock our capacity to experience the impossible.”
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
3-Make up your mind
James 1:5-8 (NIV) A double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
“What you cultivate dominates”- Kris Vallotton
Genesis 2:7 (NIV) The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground & breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (a living soul)
How are you Soul?
- “I cant breath!”
- “I am exhausted.”
- “I feel weighted.”
Psalm 43:5 (NIV) Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.
Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV) The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul…
II: The Restored Soul
1. Reborn- We must be born of spirit to experience his Spirit.
John 3:1-7 (NIV) 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." 3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." 4 "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" 5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
2. Rest- The rested soul is a whole soul.
Genesis 2:2 (NLT) On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.
OUR REST In Christ: Jesus is seated (Mark 16:19, Hebrews 8:1, Hebrews 12:1&2)
Matthew 11:27-30 (NLT) 27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
3. Rhythm- Steady wins the race.
Pace- “The only sin we reward in the church is overworking.”
Mark 2:27 (NIV) "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
4. Reliance- His breath is the oxygen for our spirit.
John 6:63 (NLT) The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
Receive the Holy Spirit
John 20:21-22 (NLT) 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
- Paul in Ephesus: Acts 19:2 (NLT) “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?
Over 600K (1 in 4)people die of heart disease in the United States every year.
Just as there are many diseases and disorders that can affect the physical heart, there are many ailments of the spiritual heart that can impair growth and development.
Heart Attacks: disappointment, despair, somebody dies, a relationship break up….
Hardness of heart: Offense, bitterness, critical spirit, bitterness.
Strain of the heart: Stress, lack of pace(rhythm), worry, anxiety.
“If we are not careful to equip and protect our heart properly then the events that happen will dictate the condition of our heart.”
Proverbs 4:23(NIV) Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Lifestyle: things we commit, the things we omit.
Exercise: Are we using our heart? Responding to the things God puts there. Love our neighbor, expressing gratitude, being generous, giving our time to others. Expressing and receiving affection?
IT’S THE WELLSPRING!
Luke 6:45 (NIV) The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
Maintaining a Healthy heart?
1. Lead it.
Romans 10:10 (NIV) For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified!
“YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEART!”
“You cant control what happens to you but you can control what happens in you!”
Psalm 27:8 (MSG) When my heart whispered, "Seek God," my whole being replied, "I'm seeking him!"
Luke 12:34 (NLT) Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
2. Feed it.
Philippians 4:8(NIV) Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
3. Knead It
Matthew 13:33 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
Woman at the well….
John 4:13-15 (NLT)Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” 15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water!
“Jesus doesn’t just change the water he changes the well!”
Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT) 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.