Just like your physical heart has four chambers Andy Stanley wants you to see that your immaterial heart has four enemies. Your immaterial heart is the core of your identity. It directs your behavior, your thoughts, your emotions, your consciousness and your will. Your heart is the essence of you that can work for evil or for good.
Relationship problems. Financial problems. Health problems: they all come from your heart. And if your heart is unhealthy, it threatens everything else – your family, friends, finances, career – everything. How do you keep your heart on track?
When the wisest man in the history of the world, King Solomon, summing up all he had learned for his son to know; he said…
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Think for just a minute about that! After everything he had experienced and done, as the Bill Gates / President of the United States of his day, as if to say forget everything else I have told you… “Above all else…”
Jesus expresses the same idea but differently.
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart…
Or Doctor Luke records it this way in
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Just like we monitor our physical heart health and change habits, we need to change the habits of our spiritual heart in dealing with others and with issues in life. So how do we apply this to our own lives today?
Andy Stanley in his book Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You, applies these ideas and shows how the difficult circumstances you are dealing with today are likely caused by one of four emotional forces that compel you to act in undesirable ways, sometimes even against your will.
Andy Stanley explores each of these four destructive forces:
Guilt: I owe You
Anger: You Owe Me
Greed: I Owe Me
Jealousy: God Owes Me.
These forces infiltrate your life and damage your relationships. Andy says left unchanged they have the power to destroy your home, your career and your friendships.
Discover Andy’s winsome, memorable, modern saying to help us monitor our hearts. Once you hear it, you’ll want to use it with the people in your life and yourself.
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Enemies Of The Heart offers encouragement motivation and inspiration to change by providing 4 new habits of the heart. There are solutions – invest your time to find out how to apply them to your life.
Enemies Of The Heart has inspired me in the process of learning to walk more with the Spirit towards the best version of the me I want to be. I hope and pray it will do the same for you.
Attitude Be brave, and ask others around you if you on your best day there is evidence of Christ in you.
Question What are you doing to guard and or nurture your heart?