Heart-Husbandry Tools

I had a dream last night. There was a large crowd of people. The speaker didn’t show up and I was asked to speak. As I took the mic, the Holy Spirit brought Hebrews 4:12 into my mind. As I began to quote it, some of the crowd left. I said something like: “The word of God is the essential tool that brings healing to wounded hearts. It is His word only”…more people left.
There was a group of folks huddled in the back of the building cringing from fear. Then someone came up and grabbed the mic to divert what I was saying. Someone else grabbed the mic from them and again sought to divert the people.
The key heart-husbandry tool is God’s word. It is a scalpel that penetrates deep into the heart to pierce through the emotional scar tissue.
Picture this. The Surgeon is the Lord. His word is His operating table. Our heart is the patient. There is no surgery without the patient on the operating table.
Joshua 1:8 says that we are to observe to do. We read it daily and make personal application from what we have read. I finished the book of Proverbs last night. I would encourage you to read a chapter a day according to the date on the calendar.
Today is the 4th. Proverbs 4 is great. There are many verses that speak about the heart. Verse 23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” As you read the verse, ask yourself: Am I guarding my heart, or am I hiding emotional pain instead of releasing it? Am I allowing God’s word to pierce into my heart or am I resisting His work through His word?
Psalm 119:5-7 says, “Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments.”

Heart-Husbandry Part Three

When a child is traumatized, they have no grid to process that emotional pain. Often it is stuffed and buried in their heart. It is sealed off so that nothing can penetrate it in the natural. In the spiritual sense, that area would be considered uncultivated. Emotional scar tissue is fallow ground.
God’s word is a healing scalpel that can pierce through our emotional scar tissue. The truth of God’s word is like oil that penetrates into those dark crevices. As the Holy Spirit opens that area, light floods in to dispel the fears, trauma, shame, guilt, and the lies.
Hosea 10:12-14 says, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity, you have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way…”
Here is an interesting verse. Joel 1:17 says, “The seed shrivels under the clods…” When a farmer plows fallow ground, he prepares it to receive seed. The soil has to be broken up so the seeds have no restriction in their growth.
Plowing uncultivated ground in our hearts, opens the wounded areas to receive the seed of God’s word. It is His word alone that will bring deep healing. That is why Jesus came, died, was buried, and rose again. It is the gospel that sets captives free!

Heart-Husbandry Part Two

In Song of Solomon 1:6 the Shulamite woman says, “…but my own vineyard I have not kept.”
Are you keeping your heart-vineyard? Here is another explanation of neglecting to remove the thorns that choke out His word. Luke 8:14 says, “…choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”
Diligent heart-husbandry is essential for fruit bearing. John 15:8 says, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear MUCH fruit; so you will be My disciples.” We bear fruit as we abide. Anything that keeps us from spending quiet time with the Lord will diminish our fruit.
Verse 5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit…” Verse 7 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you…” It is being (intimate communion) and not doing (service) that bears fruit.
Heart-husbandry is also monitoring our thoughts. John 15:2 is our example. It says, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away…” Pruning is essential for the health of a vineyard. The husbandman must know how to prune.
We ‘prune’ our thoughts when we take them captive. We cut off the negative ones the moment they come into our mind. How? We don’t give them another thought. Negative dialogues bear no fruit for His glory.
Engaging in a mind-only negative dialogue is futile. That means: empty, fruitless, and worthless. There is nothing redemptive about it. All it does is sow weed-seeds into our thought processes. Beware! One weed seed that goes into the soil of your heart will bear multiple weed-seeds. Look at any uncultivated land as a vivid example.


Proverbs 24:30-34 is a warning for all us. Verse 30 says, “I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding.” Here is what it looked like:
overgrown with thorns
covered with nettles
stone wall was broken down
We are the keepers of our heart. Proverbs 4:23 says that we need to do it with diligence, not neglecting our role as the husbandman.
Our heart is our belief center. It requires diligence to maintain our core beliefs, lest some fiery dart lie penetrates to undermine our faith.
We know from Mark 4:18-19 what happens when thorns are allowed to remain in the soil of our heart. They choke out the word:
cares of this world
deceitfulness of riches
desire for other things
Nettles are those little irritations that we ignore until they become full-blown expressions of our flesh.
Without a hedge around our heart, all manner of things creep in. Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines; for our vines have tender grapes.” The ‘little foxes’ take away our potential fruit. Colossians 2:8 says, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

What Do You Believe? Part Three

Jesus stated a core belief to Martha. Then He asked her if she believed it? John 11:26 says, “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Scriptural core beliefs are non negotiable. They are hills that we will die for. Many have given their lives because they refused to renounce their belief in Jesus. Acts 4:11 says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
The Bible is relevant no matter what culture you are in or what period in history. What we believe affects every aspect of our lives.
Proverbs 22:28 says, “Do not remove the ancient landmark, which are fathers have set.” Does this sound relevant to today’s reality in our nation? Deuteronomy 27:17 says, “Cursed is the one who moves his neighbor’s landmark…” (different setting but the principle remains)
Our core beliefs will come under attack. It is important that we rehearse them in our hearts. What we believe we speak. The enemy of our soul is always seeking ways to undermine our faith.
Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus says the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it.”
It is time for us to pray for our nation and the world as never before. We have an election coming up. One party opposes all that the Lord stands for. They will sway many who also oppose Him. Yet our country was founded on core beliefs.
Negative thoughts, which are satan’s inside weapons, are not our portion! Don’t engage! Our thoughts, purpose, and actions are always being conformed to His will through our trials. Strength comes through unity. Let us unitedly stand and together petition the only One who is in control of all things at all times.

What Do You Believe? Part Two

The lies we believe make us impervious to the truth. We need God’s scalpel-word to pierce through the impervious to set us free. The fiery dart lies that we believed, unknowingly by us, control our lives.
Please read Proverbs 22:17-21. My paraphrase: listen favorably to wisdom; apply it in your everyday life; keep it within your heart; speak it to yourself. Verse 19 says, “So that your trust is in the Lord…” Verse 20-21 says, “Have I not written you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, that I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may answer words of truth…”
(from chapter 4 of Emotional Freedom) Scar tissue is the body’s way of creating a protective barrier to an injury, surgery site, or a wound. Emotional scar tissue is a means of self-protection and self-preservation. It is an internal callous built around our heart.
What are you believing when you bury an emotional pain? Anything we do as self-protection is a lie. The Lord created our hearts to commune with Him. Any wall of self-protection blocks that design because it inhibits openness.
Years ago the Holy Spirit taught me to ask: what do I believe about myself right now? whenever I over reacted. The Lord used that over reaction to put His finger on something hidden within me.
The next time your flesh bristles up, stop right there and ask yourself what you believe about yourself in that moment. It could be something like: you have no right to speak to me like that; you are wrong!; I feel powerless; you are treating me like a child. It could be any number of beliefs. The fleshly reaction comes from within and without any thought.

What Do You Believe?

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Death words: negative, derogatory, defeated. They are spoken against others, yourself, or your circumstances.
Sentences that start with ‘I can’t’ means unable. ‘I won’t’ means that you are able but you refuse. Have you ever said ‘I can’t believe…?’
The Holy Spirit startled me this morning earlier when He said: negative thoughts are a signal that your core beliefs are under attack. Tears stung my eyes. Wow! It is so profound. I never considered it before.
2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed and therefore I spoke, we also believe and therefore speak.”
Asaph was struggling with his thoughts. Psalm 77:6 says, “I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search.” The result brought him back to his core beliefs that had been attacked.
1 Corinthians 2:11 Amplified says, “For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him?…”
Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.” That is what happened with Asaph. I will leave you to think about your core beliefs 💜Are they under attack? All death words are first thoughts.

Heart Thoughts Part Two

Proverbs 3:6 says to acknowledge Him in all our ways. When our thoughts are NOT Christ-centered, they are flesh-thoughts. To acknowledge Him, say in planning, would be something like this. ‘Lord I need your wisdom because…’
Proverbs 16:1 says, “The preparation of the heart belong to man but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. Verse 3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
The word ‘commit’ is illustrated by the camel. When it is time to unload his burden, his owner unstraps the load, he kneels down, rolls over, and the burden slides off. What a picture for us! How too often we carry a burden that isn’t ours to carry because our heart isn’t kneeling.
Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” I looked it up. Blood vessels and bone marrow run through other parts of the bones. The holes in the honeycomb-like mesh actually makes the bones stronger.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 15:13 Amplified says, “…by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.”
Nehemiah had surveyed the walls in Jerusalem. He wept and was heart-broken. Watch this conversation. Nehemiah 2:2 says, “Therefore the king said to me, Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart…”
Proverbs 15:15 Amplified says, “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil (by anxious thoughts and forebodings), but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast (regardless of circumstances).”
Here are two questions: do your thoughts burden your heart or free it? Is your countenance peaceful or troubled? Words, actions, attitude, and habits are all first thoughts.

Heart Thoughts

This verse gives clear definition of why we are the way we are. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” Our thoughts govern our actions, and affect every aspect of our lives.
I’m reading through Proverbs. I am noting how many verses speak of our health because of our thoughts. Here are a few. Proverbs 13:2a says, “A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth…” Proverbs 14:30 Amplified says, “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and the health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.”
Proverbs 15:30 says, “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones healthy.” The literal means fat. How ‘fat’ are your bones? The Amplified says nourishes the bones. Could osteoporosis be rooted in our thoughts?
Here is something to consider. Job 21:24 Amplified says, “His pails are full of milk (his veins are filled with nourishment) and the marrow of his bones is fresh and moist.”
Bones speak of our skeletal strength. When I broke my foot, I discovered it had no strength to bear my weight. The above four verses help us to see that our thoughts truly affect our health.
Here is another. Proverbs 3:5-8 in my paraphrase. When we trust the Lord with all of our heart, acknowledge Him in all of our ways, we fear Him, and depart from evil, verse 8 says, “It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones.”

True Desire Part Two

Here is the rest of yesterday’s post.
A.W. Tozer wrote “Pursuit Of God.” There was a prayer at the end of one chapter that captured my heart. It said something like this, ‘Lord I want to desire to desire You.’
As I read those words in 1972, something inside me stirred. I have learned since that it was the Holy Spirit awakening my heart to embrace the Lord’s desires. At that time in my life I was clueless. I’m sure that is why I got derailed so often through the lies of the enemy.
The Holy Spirit, the Spirt of truth, has to teach us to follow because we can’t do anything redemptive through our own efforts. Psalm 51:6 says, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.”
His mission, and the call on our lives is to be holy as He is holy. It is called progressive sanctification. Here is another part of Jesus’ prayer in John 17. Verse 17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” A large part of our walk with the Lord is to hide His word in our hearts. That gives the Holy Spirit the tools He needs to set us free from the things that bind us.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 helps us understand how to stay focused on Him in our now-trials. It says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”