Setting The Course

Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” The Greek is to direct the mind. How do we do this? First we need something to direct it towards.

Picture this: on a blackboard there is a dot far to the left and a dot far to the right. When you draw a line from the left to the right is it straight? Not if I was drawing it. I need a ruler to connect the dots.

Truth within our heart is the ruler. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” We read about Job’s issues as they spring up through his questions. Yet in all the weaving back and forth he finds truth. Like a compass, his heart hones into true-north which is truth.

A cardiologist will use a heart monitor on their patient to find any heart irregularities. A dedicated believer has something far superior. The Holy Spirit is our Heart Monitor. When we are attentive to Him, He will reveal any irregularity in our heart’s beat.

What causes it to be irregular? Our negative thoughts, digested morsels of gossip, hidden unforgiveness, or buried emotional pain are classified as unresolved issues that spring forth when we least expect them.

Psalm 119:11 is a very familiar verse. It says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” When we dissect it, gems of truth are revealed.

God’s word is truth. Jesus said that it sanctifies our heart, or sets it apart for holiness. It is His word hidden in our heart that will spring up instead of unresolved issues when we are stressed, or emotionally hurt. May this encourage you to release your hidden issues to the Lord so He can truly be your Heart Monitor.

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