A New Year with a New Heart
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
As we begin another new year it’s so important we get rid of the baggage from the old. Jesus is very clear on how important it is that we detox our hearts from unforgiveness, “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:26) The person that suffers the most when we don’t forgive is ourselves. It’s a toxic substance eroding the freedom of our salvation. Often when people truly release forgiveness from the core of their being, they say a fresh lightness enters their heart, they sense a new inner freedom. It’s as we release others that we release ourselves.
Heart filled with Heaven
It’s so easy for our hearts to become contaminated by the bombardment of negativity we face on a daily basis. Yes deep darkness does cover the earth. (Is 60:2) However focusing on darkness doesn’t result in us being filled with light! We are called to be a radical alternative shining into the darkness. Paul prays for the Ephesians in chapter 1:18 that the eyes of their heart will be enlightened (photizo). This is where we get the word photograph from. Paul was praying for the imagination of their hearts to receive a picture of the hope of their calling. So often we pray for things while our hearts imagination is full of exactly the opposite! It’s vital we hear and see what heaven has for each situation so we can truly pray with wholehearted faith.
Jesus tells us, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matt 6:22) Clearly Jesus is not talking about our natural eyes otherwise those with glasses would be at a disadvantage! It’s about filling our heart’s inner eye with His truth and light which causes our whole being to be full of His light. Proverbs tells us “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” (Pro4:20–2)
Meditate on the Good things
Paul tells us to, “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”(Phil 4:8)
The enemy loves to throw the very opposite at us. By choosing to mediate and focus on the good things the Father is doing in our lives and the lives of others we fill our lives with His truth & light, making us a radical Christ filled alternative to the darkness that surrounds us.
Let’s begin this year with a clean and light filled heart, shining into the darkness that surrounds us the glorious light of His heavenly Kingdom.
With our love & prayers
Pastors Phil & Caroline