Healthy Heart Habits
Not only is this my birthday month but it's also my businesses 1st year anniversary!!! It was scary but I said and will continue to say yes as I step out on faith and in obedience by responding to the call God placed on my life. Although it's a never ending journey, I am so humbled to continue to serve YOU!
I want to share with you a synopsis of how God has positioned and is continuing to position my heart during our personal time together.
One of the acronyms I learned in my early years of prayer is: "P.R.A.Y", which stands for Praise, Repent, Ask, and Yield. (You will find more about this in my upcoming e-Book)
That acronym is something that has helped me during my time of prayer however, there is nothing more special than having the Holy Spirit reveal to you how you should position yourself before seeking him in prayer.
The Holy Spirit has been showing me the importance of our:
Here are a few tips I believe the Holy Spirit is revealing to me as it relates to having a healthy spiritual heart:
Our heart posture details what lies within us
Our heart posture looks at our real motives behind our prayers
Our heart posture reveals things we are holding on to
Our heart posture identifies who we are
If we are honest, at some point we all have held negative thoughts and/or words within our minds and within our hearts; for this reason before we posture ourselves physically in prayer, let's posture our heart. Here are a few ways we can posture our heart before prayer:
Ask God to search your heart and reveal to you things within that are not like him
Ask God to show you in his word how you are to think, speak, and act
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you position your mind and heart to be receptive to God's instruction (because his ways are certainly not our ways!)
Ask for forgiveness often, quickly and when needed (humble yourself)
Here are a few scriptures we can begin to write on our heart tablets as we begin to ask God to perform open heart surgery:
Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it"
Psalm 139:23,24 "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting"
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God"
Proverbs 21:2 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the heart"
Psalm 26:2 "Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my
heart and my mind"
Our hearts are very near and dear to God, so before bombarding God with requests, let's position our heart before him. We should be seeking God first and choosing to live Holy and righteous in His eyes, we should share with God our true innermost thoughts and cares and be ready to give up ways he reveals to us- then....all things shall be added to us. There's a way we 'ought to be living, a way we 'ought to be thinking, a way we 'ought to be speaking.
A healthy heart is built and developed overtime. Our hearts are fragile so we constantly have to conduct "heart checks". Spending quality time with God and writing his word as it's written on our hearts strengthens our heart muscle and allows the blood flow of Christ to pump from within!
As I write to encourage you, I write to encourage myself!