The Lord’s been working on my heart

The Lord has really been “working” on my heart! — By the word “heart,” I am referring to my “right” heart (my terminology, again).  It is my “right” heart (in this case, my mind) that He has renewed and is delivering, daily, from its old ways of thinking.

The word “heart,” as used in The Word of God (English translations) usually refers to one’s soul, which includes the mind, will and emotions.  But I am using it, for the sake of this post, to refer only to my mind.

Okay, I’m realizing my terminology contains errors; if you’re still with me, you may read on at your own risk.

(Side Note:  Perhaps Noah Webster may not have appreciated a dictionary I might have put together, had I lived, as he did, in the 1700s to 1800s.  He lived from 1758 to 1843.  He worked as an educator.  He had studied law at Yale University, before that.  And he is known also as America’s first lexicographer.  However, he was also a journalist, a textbook author and a spelling reformer. Do you know what was the year in which Mr. Webster published his first dictionary of the English language (for Americans)? I didn’t realize it for a long while, myself.  But you can do an online search and learn this!  At the time he published the first English dictionary, most students between the ages of 5 and 16 were learning at home, though some were learning in one-room schoolhouses, much like our private schools of today, because the instructors were hired and paid by the parents of the students.  This was the norm, then, and it worked very well.  Farmers could read and understand the U. S. Constitution quite well, back then.  An education and life-skill training done at home or through the help of tutors in some cases, and through apprenticeship, while mastering a life skill, was the norm. That type of education produced good, God-fearing, wise lawyers, merchants, ministers, farmers and laborers. Lawyers were expected to and required to attend Christian seminaries before beginning law school education / training.  That was the norm, for lawyers.)

Back to the main topic, now.

To explain a bit, … I am using the word “heart” (in this post) to mean, in my case, more than just what motivates me to accomplish a task or speak a thought.

A. I would say my use of this word would include the concepts of the believer’s mind.

B. I’d consider my will to be my “choose-r.” (it’s not my heart)

C. And I’d consider my emotions to be my feelings, my impulses, my passions, my affections.

… I’d consider my attitude begins in and comes from my spirit.

However, my attitude, when *you* see it, as seen in actions, or words (or if you see it as an “emotional attitude”), is one that has been affected by my heart( if I allow that).

I believe my spirit should be in control of my “heart.”  If we are to “walk in The Spirit (of The Lord), we must have our physical, mental and emotional parts of ourselves submitted to our spirit, where The Holy Spirit dwells, if we are true believers.

If I let it, my actions, words (if allowed to be tainted by my emotions), will be affected by what my “not right” area of my soul that is motivated to lead, especially in women.

My heart will “compel” me to do things according to what The Truth shares in Jeremiah 17:9-10.  But I should not allow my emotions to lead & affect my “right” heart.  Believers should live by a higher standard.

If you’re still with me, let’s move on to the next thought from my “right” heart. (my mind)

My “right” heart (my mind), when fully submitted to my Lord in Heaven (God Almighty & His Son, Yeshua, and His Holy Spirit, my Teacher), will motivate me to learn more and grow closer to my Lord (Whom I love and am drawn toward, to obey and serve Him).

… this “right” heart  (mind) urges me to focus (as I begin my day) on praising His Name. (sounds more like the spirit of a believer, doesn’t it?)  I enjoy praising YHVH God’s Name, in both song and prayer!  My “right” heart (mind) has been (and is still being) renewed by The Living Word of Adonai YHVH Elohim, Who is all-Wise and knows all things that could be known well beyond human knowledge and understanding.

My “right” heart also urges me to think thoughts that are about things which are “true, … honest, … just, … pure, … lovely, … of good report,” and which are virtuous and worthy of praise. (taken from Philippians 4:8)  But, as you can see, this “right” heart is my renewed mind, governed / controlled by my spirit, which leads my mind.

Right away, as my day begins, I usually become aware that wrong thoughts and wrong motives may try to sidetrack me from reaching God’s best for the day.  I need to examine my “heart.” (my mind, not my spirit; as believers, our spirit is in agreement with The Holy Spirit, Whom our Lord has put in us, to dwell in us, never to leave.  If I let myself show a “wrong attitude,” then I have avoided the work of The Holy Spirit in my spirit and have grieved Him!  ouch!)

As soon as I am aware of those derailing engines, as God has taught me to do, I’m (still learning to be) choosing to speak a Bible verse that my Lord brings to my mind, to resist the wrong thought and replace it with a thought that pleases my Lord.  Thank You, Lord!  It works!  Hallelujah! (spoken with an enthusiastic shout!)

As God works on my “heart,” He keeps tugging at the part of my heart that still wants to motivate me to worry, or become anxious, regarding meeting the demands of a world system with so many things going wrong in our nation and in the world.  There is a way of thinking that proposes that women are the ones who worry more than men (as if it were okay for women to worry, because that is their nature or “that’s just how they are”), or get upset, or anxious, … or fearful.  (Hey, I don’t have to live thinking that way! You don’t, either, if you are “in Messiah!” {in Christ})

But as a true believer in my Lord, my Father in Heaven has given me all I need to live for Him, with Him and “in” Him. God commands me “not” to worry, be anxious, or easily angered, or upset, or fearful !! (see I Corinthians 13:4-7) (see II Timothy 1:7) (see Philippians 4:4-7)

“al tirah” is a Hebrew phrase that is also a command YHVH God has given to His children and to us, as believers whom He has engrafted into His Vine — it means “fear not.” If He asks me to do something, He also gives me the ability (His Grace) to obey Him and fulfill what He has told me to do! I must trust Him!  He rules over the entire universe!  He can carry me and my family through!  He upholds us with His Right Hand!  He delivers us!  He is able!  He is in control of all things! — He is Adonai! (the Controller)

Ephesians 1:3 shares this: “Blessed be The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah), Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ (Messiah):”
(verse 4) “According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in Love:”

II Peter 1:3 shares this: “According as His Divine Power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto Life and Godliness, through the Knowledge of Him that hath called us to Glory and Virtue:”

Though there are many good verses related to us noticing things like worry, anxiety or fear trying to creep in to our thoughts, or attitudes, each day, I’m citing these for now.

What I may be tempted to overlook, in those is this:  The verses, just before Ephesians 1:3 and II Peter 1:3 share these two thoughts:  — (Ephesians 1:2) “Grace be to you, and Peace, from God our Father, and from The Lord Jesus Christ.” (Yeshua the Messiah) — (II Peter 1:2) “Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you through The Knowledge of God, and of Jesus (Yeshua) our Lord.”

What blessedness, to read these verses, altogether!
I usually read (study) through the Bible reading verses “in order.” But if we were to read Ephesians 1:3 or II Peter 1:3 without first reading the “verse 2’s,” we’ve missed the Power God is ready to give us, each moment of each day, if only we will submit our “right” hearts (minds) to His Holy Spirit’s leading and promptings and thoughts.  He is ever with us!

He “is” Emmanuel! He promised to ever remain with us, to enable us and help us “not” to worry, become anxious or fearful. Emmanuel came and tabernacled (dwelt in a tent, a dwelling place) with us (us, meaning people on earth).  In believers He has put His Holy Spirit into our spirit (of each believer), so we can receive the righteous, honorable thoughts He wants us to receive, and He gives us His mighty Grace to enable us to do what He tells us and compels us to do.  Yeshua (Jesus) says, in John 15:14, that we are His friends, if we do whatsoever He commands us (to do).

II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of Power (dunamis), and of Love (agape), and of a sound mind.” (“mind,” here, in the Greek, means discipline, self-control)

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yes, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with The Right Hand of My Righteousness.”
The verse just before this shares: “Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art My servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.”

(also, please read & pray, asking God to bless you with what is in Ephesians 3:16 and any verses around that one!)

Seeing that verses we seem to remember are preceded by verses that remind us of more thoughts God thinks toward us (as He mentions in Psalm 139) for our good, He seems to be reminding us that we need not worry, or wonder what next week, or next year, might bring. We need only to rest in Him. (it’s a great study to read through the verses, in God’s Word, that contain the word “rest,” when used in regard to people needing to rest in God, our El Shaddai, our all-Sufficient One).

He may be putting those preceding verses there to remind us He has chosen us and called us to be His, because of His Love for us, ….
Or He might have put those preceding verses there to remind us He has gone before us, to make the way He is asking us to walk in, or travel along.

Since He has “made the way” for us to “walk in,” He surely has worked out things so that our “walk,” along that pathway, be filled with an attitude, a “right” heart, that is able to rest (as fully as we are able, by receiving His enablement, that I call Grace) in The One Who loves us more than we understand.

If He truly has “not” given us a spirit of fear (He hasn’t!), … then do we realize why we are “feeling” fearful? (at times) Have we let ourselves, in the thinking we’ve allowed ourselves to embrace, or to ponder for awhile, slip into a trap that the enemy of our souls (satan) set for us to fall into? Have we let ourselves choose “not” to receive what God has been holding out toward us, in His Gentle, Loving Hand? It’s His Grace and Peace.

Have I begun my day without stopping to thank The One Who made me and to Whom I belong?  Have I put my mind into “the right framework” to be ready for His Grace and Peace I’m receiving, at that moment, … simply because He has offered it to me, to help me to get through that day’s responsibilities (duties)?  My day’s duties will probably include challenges, mess-ups, interruptions, distractions, and struggles.

Have I “heard” His Voice? (as I begin my day)  I can only “hear” His Voice of spiritual Understanding, Wisdom and righteous Knowledge, if I have submitted myself to The Lord & have yielded my “rights” and “expectations” to His Will.

Have I remembered that He is not the one who is trying to get me to think anxious thoughts? or to worry?  My Lord has given me His rest! I must simply accept it! He smiles, I imagine, whenever I just reach forth the hands of my “right” heart (mind) toward His open Hands of agape Love and graciousness, to receive the Grace and Peace He is ready to give to me.
He rejoices! (when we obey and receive the blessings and the help He offers us, each moment)  (see Psalm 46:1 and Exodus 14:13a)

I leave you with these two verses that are separated by at least one chapter, but they have blessed me, and do seem to have a strong connection in the ideas they share:

Isaiah 30:15 “For thus saith The Lord God, The Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:….”
Isaiah 32:17 “And the work of Righteousness shall be Peace, and the effect of Righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”

The Joy of The Lord truly “can be” our strength. (from Nehemiah 8:10c) But will we allow it to be?

My “will” is my “choose-r.” “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is Mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with Joy; He will rest in His Love, He will Joy over thee with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

I close this post with this truth that also inspires me and brings me back to the thinking my Lord wants me to think like:

Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou (O Lord) wilt keep him in perfect Peace, whose mind is stayed (focused) on Thee : because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in The Lord for ever: for in The Lord JEHOVAH (YHVH) is everlasting Strength:”
(by the way, please also read through the verses just before and just after these two!)

hee hee!
Let’s rejoice in our Lord, to Whom nothing gets in the way, nor upsets Him in a way of causing Him to become anxious or worried, … nor slows Him down from reaching His goals, nor makes Him wonder if He will be able to help us when we seem to be in an impossible situation, on earth.

If He is The One Who is re-making us in the image of His dear Son (He is!), then we are becoming more and more confident (in Him alone), “keeping a quiet heart,” instead of a worried one, and trusting (in Him) more, and less and less in ourselves or anyone else on earth.

He is able! He can deliver you! (from anything evil) Evil cannot touch you. (your truest self — your spirit where God’s Holy Spirit indwells your spirit; it is not the same as your soul, in my understanding) (from I John 5:18)

He has all power in heaven and in earth! (see Matthew 28:18)  Nothing is too hard for Him. (Jeremiah 32: 17, 27) He holds all things together, and in Him all things consist. (from Colossians 1:16-17) Since this is true, He is able to alter any circumstance, if it will bring glory to His Holy Name.

If He chooses not to do what we think or hope He will do, then He has a greater reason and a higher purpose for that suffering, or that delay, or that lack of something we thought we had to have, …. He knows.

He is listening to our cries! He is hearing our yearnings! He’s been teaching me that He works when I can’t see “that” with my human eyes, on bringing about the good He has intended, from the beginning, to use to bless His children, to deliver them from evil, to accomplish the salvation of all those who He knows will “love” Him back, willingly, and to heal those whose healing will bring Him glory and praise.

He has given us all the reasons we need to fully trust Him. He has proved Himself to be trustworthy. Then, why don’t I trust Him at all times? Have I received His Grace and Peace, today? He has offered them to me. (ouch!)

(prayer) My Lord, and Redeemer, thank You for offering me your gifts, your blessings, your enabling power and your Loving Might! Help me, today, to receive all that You are giving me, freely! Show me what I have, in my soul, in my thoughts, in my motives, that is blocking me off from receiving Your Grace and Peace, my Father in Heaven! Thank You for hearing my prayer! You are awesome and generous! You love me with Your everlasting Love! Help me keep my mind on Your Truth! Hallelujah! In Yeshua’s Mighty Name. Amen.

(some *end notes*)

Yes, I am aware of the verse that shares this truth: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 That is not “the heart” I am referring to, as the heart (my “right” heart = my mind) that God is renewing day by day, and is re-conforming to His Will! (I sure hope you understand what I mean, here.)

“I, The Lord (YHVH) search the heart, try the reins (inward parts), even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:10

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord (YHVH), and whose hope The Lord is.” Jeremiah 17:7