A Prognosis of the Heart

Matthew 5:48

“You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete [a]maturity of godliness in mind and character, [b]having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Just as physical symptoms may lead to a medical prognosis, there are symptoms that can reveal issues with our heart.

There are some key questions that we can ask ourselves that will lead to keys in telling us if there is a heart condition that we need to deal with.

One question to ask ourselves when examining our heart is, “Am I growing?”

Someone who has a perfect heart is always growing.  Are you in the same place spiritually right now than you were last year?  Have you been going around the same mountain and facing the same problems over and over again for as long as you can remember?  If you are not growing, something is wrong.

We will all face challenges and have mountains to conquer but the key is “overcoming” them.  And I am not talking about people trying to control other people or press them into their own image and call it a mountain when it doesn’t work.  I’m talking about the root of the issue deep within your heart.  Have you taken steps of faith and gained victories in your battles?  Or do you find yourself stuck?

Complacency is a big mountain that many Christians face and it can only be overcome by being in the Word, prayer and ACTION!  We cannot “hope it away.”  It takes a decisive decision to go ahead with God no matter what it takes or whether we “feel” like it or not.  It would be so easy after you receive salvation to sit back and relax and continue with YOUR life.  But what we may forget is that we gave up OUR life when we declared Jesus as our LORD and SAVIOUR.  Now our instructions are to seek the Lord with all our mind, soul and strength!

1 Peter 2:2  “Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation.”

We have to thirst after the Lord and His Word.  That is the only way we will be nurtured and grow.  In the natural, a person would starve if they don’t have food or nourishment.  It is the same way with our Spirit Man.  If we don’t continue to feed it by spending time in God’s presence or in His Word, our spirits will starve and we will not grow.

We encourage you to continue with us as we examine our hearts and ask ourselves the difficult questions.  God wants us all to walk in complete freedom and break off bondages we may not even realized were there.  And He can do that when you seek to have a blameless heart before Him.

Stay tuned and check out the blog on our website as we continue to dig into the heart.

Thanks so Much for your Prayers and Support!  We love you & Pray for you- God Bless!

Pastors Greg & Terri Nies

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