Does your heart have peace? Do you feel pain? Do you feel pleasure? Do you delight in His presence?
Solomon said, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV).
Life flows from the heart.
Leadership flows from the heart. The Bible says that David was a shepherd who led his people with the integrity of his heart (Psalm 78:72).
Love comes from the heart. “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’” (Matthew 22:37 NKJV).
The Lord looks at the heart (Isaiah 66:2; Matthew 5:4).
As our physical heart plays an essential role in our life, our inner heart plays a vital role in our life, leadership, and love. The enemy of our soul attacks our heart. He wants us to have a spiritual heart attack. If our heart becomes a stony heart, it can’t receive anything good. Or if it becomes full of thorns, it chokes the seed of God’s Word. A good heart is a key to fruitfulness and fulfillment.
Jesus is our best example of living a life that’s full and pleasing to God. Jesus was busy but not burned out. He was mistreated by people, yet He wasn’t bitter. Christ's task was huge, but He lived in a constant state of rest. He shares His secret with us:
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29 NIV).
The secret of Jesus’ idea of “rest” wasn’t going on vacations or taking days off, although those measures are good. It’s not His being tied down to disciplined routines but it is His heart. He promises us that if we study His heart, ours will be healthy, and it will bring rest to our whole being. There are many things to learn from Jesus, but one of the most important ones is how to have a healthy heart.
To have a healthy heart, we must have a humble heart.
To have a healthy heart, we must replace a hurry with holiness.
To have a healthy heart, we must prioritize peace over pressure.
Once our heart is healthy, burnout will be replaced with holy burning.
Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. Mark 4:24
There is a measure we get from the Lord. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Ephesians 4:7) But Jesus tells us that we can get more than our measure. To you who hear, more will be given. The measure can lead to more.
The measure of grace can increase.
The measure of faith can increase.
The measure of anointing can increase.
The measure of power can increase.
The measure of fruitfulness can increase.
The measure of effectiveness can increase.
More will be given is the promise.
Take heed what you hear is the condition.
You would think that if you increase your prayer then more will be given. Perhaps if you increase your giving more will be given. Or maybe fasting then more will be given. But Christ said, to you who hear, more will be given.
Decide to hear what will yield more fruit to you!
My prayer is that you don’t just dream of walking in more but decide to obey the principle that promises more.
Take heed to what you hear and hear what is in line with your future goals and dreams.