Healthy Heart Living - Joy #2
Phillipians is one of Paul’s happiest letters. Although he is in prison, he finds things are going well in Phillipi and he wants to encourage the people to new levels in God. God’s intention for our life is not that we barely make it. He has a life of abundance and joy and blessing in store for us.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9-11
We often pray for things to go well but Paul prayed that their heart goes well.
When your heart is healthy, everything else will fall into place and into proper perspective.
1. A healthy heart lives in overflowing abundance
Whatever your heart is full of become the issues of your life. When your heart is full of abundance you make abundance decisions. You have an abundance mentality.
Real ministry is the overflow, the abundance, of your relationship with God. Abundance is the will of God. It is not God asking more of you, it’s God desiring to bring us to a place where He can flow more through us.
2. A healthy heart is full of love and grounded in real knowledge and discernment
Your heart was made to love. Love is not just a feeling, love is grounded in real knowledge and discernment. Love can, and should, produce feelings but should never be dependent on feelings.
3. Healthy discernment is birthed out of a heart of love
Discernment is often a gut feeling or an intuition. If your eye of discernment is birthed out of a heart of love, you will find good things. Love will find the things that are excellent because that’s what love is looking for. A love mindset will put you in a proper frame of mind – a Godly frame of mind. It’s not blind or unaware, love just takes a better angle.
4. A healthy heart of love will bring you to a place of maturity
When your heart is right, you will be saved from stumbling. When your heart is healthy there is a wholeness to it. The person you are on the inside will eventually show up on the outside.
5. Healthy hearted people live fruitful lives
Fruit is the manifestation of a healthy tree. When your heart is healthy, the right kind of fruit comes out. You can’t fake your fruit.
6. The goal of a healthy heart is the glory and praise of God
When it’s all said and done, does God get the glory? Putting the glory of God in the center will make everything else fall into its proper place.
The position of your heart determines the quality of your life. Would you open your heart to God today?