Soul Exam

love heart riffle targetI’ve been to the doctor many times over the years. I now go twice a year for well-checks so that he can monitor my bloodwork, heart rate and my overall health. He advises healthy eating and exercise as a part of my daily life and routine. I hear him, but I don’t always take his advice. I really get frustrated with myself when I over-eat or sit still when I should exercise. I recently read a book called Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and he made some points that have stirred me up a bit about a healthy start to each day. I decided several years ago to become a morning person and to start my day with reading and meditating upon God’s Word. I added gratitude to the Lord this past year and I’m trying to figure out some morning time for exercise.  In the Miracle Morning book, I was introduced to a new exercise app called Seven – 7 Minute Workout it helps get the blood pumping and the lungs working in 7:53 seconds because there is some 10 second rests between exercises.

The harder exercise is to examine my soul. The Word of God speaks into my soul each day. I like to use heart interchangeably with soul. His Word reminded me again this morning how important it is to examine my heart. He’s speaking about checking my heart before taking the Lord’s supper. He is reminding me that checking my heart regularly can avert being disciplined by the Lord. Check this out….

27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.

31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way.32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:27-32 NLT)

A heart exam is a bit more private & personal.

A heart exam is a bit more intrusive.

A heart exam is a bit more difficult.

My wife, kids and personal friends know me pretty well. I try to be very open and approachable most anytime. The Lord is the One Who really knows my heart, my thoughts and my motives. I need to do my heart exam in His Presence. I need feedback from Him on my heart. I don’t want to gloss over my self-centeredness or my sinful desires. He knows me and He has freed me from the power of sin over me. Check this out…

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:5-11 NLT)

Bam!!

His death was a game changer to my life & I want to live in gratitude every day of my life for His obedience to death on the cross. I don’t ever want to forget that.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Heart Test

Human heart anatomy from a healthy bodyI’ve seen some amazing technology related to testing the heart. I’ve seen the medical team put dye in the veins of a human to see the blood flow through the heart. This test reveals blockages or how well the heart is functioning. They can also do an ultra sound of the heart to investigate the condition of the heart, chambers and valves. My heart is one of the most critical organs in my body.

Throughout scripture the Lord is speaking of my heart and the condition of my heart. He is not speaking specifically about the vital organ inside my chest, but He’s speaking to my soul (my emotional center). I’m sure a neurologist would have some input on where in my brain this “soul” or “emotional center” exists.

Moses is instructing the people of Israel about following the Lord fully and trusting Him completely as they enter the Promised Land and become successful. He reminds them to remember the Lord and how the Lord protected them and prepared them. Check this out…

2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. (Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV)

He reminds them that their clothes did not wear out or their shoes wear out. When they needed food, the Lord provided.

I believe that the Lord uses suffering and challenges to reveal my heart. I sometimes reflect on the journey of divorce and the journey of cancer as two of the most difficult parts of my life. I’ve experienced great hurt and pain, but those two pretty much trump most everything else. The Lord did some incredible work on my heart during those traumatic times. My heart was exposed and everything inside wasn’t healthy and wholesome. I want to follow the Lord fully even through the hard times or the times of blessing and even wealth. I want my heart to stay steady in pursuit of His heart. I want to keep myself humble and fully aware of His Presence in every situation that I face. When the Lord examines my heart, I want Him to find a heart fully devoted to Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne