Isaiah 61:1 (NKJV)
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Who was this verse speaking about?
Is it still relevant for today?
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Jesus calls this anointing the promise of the Father. (v.4-5)
Do you believe it is true?
Do you believe it is true for YOU?
It’s all about ‘the heart’.
God wants you to live life abundantly.
It all starts with the heart, or as E.W. Kenyon liked to call it the hidden man of the heart.
The issues of life flow from the heart.
Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
The inner man, or the heart, is the source of whatever affects life and character.
Take a look on the inside.
If we are serious about achieving real, lasting change in our lives, it will involve taking an in-depth look at the condition of our own hearts, or inner man.
This is the only way that REAL transformation can take place –
- In our minds
- In our hearts
- In what we believe.
Giving us freedom from all our fears.
We need to change what we believe in order to change our behaviour.
Within the heart lies our deepest desires, hopes and dreams.
What is blocking our heart?
Let’s look at the correlation between our physical heart – the blood pump – and our spiritual heart.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (NKJV)
So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
If you have anything clogging up your arteries, then your heart will not be in a very good condition to pump life-bearing blood around our bodies. It can stop the source from supplying our bodies with what it needs.
How then, do you think we can block the flow of life from our spiritual hearts? Our life experiences, struggles and fears etc. can act as obstacles to this life-giving flow.
Life acts as a provoker, or a revealer, of things hidden deep in our hearts. When everything is smooth sailing we might be fooled into thinking that we ‘have got it all together’.
It is not until we are put under pressure from the stresses of life that what is really inside comes to the surface.
What does it take to unblock our hearts?
Answer: The TRUTH
John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The sequence that needs to take place –
- Eyes – Put the truth in front of our eyes and in our ears.
- Understanding – If we allow the Truth to enter into our hearts and abide there, it will lead to the ‘eyes of our understanding’ being opened (Eph. 1-18).
- Transformation – The Truth contains all the power and life it needs to set us free (Eph. 1:19, John 6:63), when given the right conditions.
In Isaiah chapter 11 we see that there will come One upon Whom the Spirit of wisdom and understanding will rest. We know this to be the Lord Jesus. He did not ‘judge with His own eyes and ears’, meaning that He surrendered His will to the Father who supplied Him with supernatural revelation, understanding and wisdom. Read John 5:30. He surrendered to a ‘higher truth’ that can only be spiritually discerned with the ‘eyes of understanding’ that Paul talks about.
Then we read in Ephesians chapter 1 that Paul is praying for US to receive that same Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him!
Do you see how BIG that is!
That same wisdom, that same power, that same revelation, doesn’t just work for Jesus.
No, Eph 1:19-20 shows us that He not only raises up Christ with supernatural life, but us too!
That life isn’t just for when we die, but for here and now. So that we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds, when we fill the container of our hearts with supernatural truth and life.
The heart is a container for life
Prov 4:23 (NIV)
‘Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life’.
What does it mean to guard your heart?
(note: the answer is not to put up walls in your heart to protect yourself)
Think of the heart like the source of a great river – all of that water comes from one source.
Everything that we are springs from that source.
Where did that source get its contents from?
- the clean, good water that God sends as rain, (from above),
- or from muddy, polluted ground water? (the festering of past hurts and present fears)
The hidden things of the heart
Hidden things can be positive or negative.
- Hidden treasure
- Hidden fears
What reveals the content of our hearts?
Life challenges, crisis times, even daily life.
What you put in, is what will come out.
Luke 6:45 (NKJV)
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
What our hearts are full of will come flowing out of the mouth, further shaping our future.
True Transformation for Lasting Peace
Our goal is to find true and lasting treasure within our hearts, which will be the source of a peaceful, joyful, healed, transformed, abundant life.
What will it require of you?
- A willingness to allow God to dig deep into your heart.
- A commitment to unlock any past hurts, fears, disappointments or lies of the enemy.
- An unswerving decision to fill your heart to the brim with the treasures contained within God’s word to bring life and healing.
- Patience to see the journey through.
- BELIEF that it IS possible!
If we are not prepared to work on the hidden man of the heart, and we try to fix up the ‘outside of the vessel’, then we will continue to go round and round in circles, never making change that truly satisfies.
Let us be women of God that live out of His transforming Word, and find our source in Him as our Provider.
It is in the fire of the struggle that we find the gold.