Preached at Bryant Irvin only!
This morning, dear friends, we’ll explore the four most important regions of our Christian experience; the heart, the mind, body, and the soul.
There are countless scriptures for each of these regions, but time being what it is, I have searched the scriptures to help us all get a handle on what I feel are the most important ones relevant to our subject.
Let’s start with the heart, shall we? This organ is an enigma in itself, for without it‘s pumping capacity to push blood through our entire bodies, life as we know it wouldn’t exist! And the relativity and proximity to the blood of Jesus Christ being shed on Calvary, because His heart was for man, is humbling, when put together with the sobering thought; that man can not have a spiritual life without the shed blood of Jesus, nor can he have a physical life without God having created the very blood flows through our veins!
Psalms 22:26- tells us that the meek shall eat and be satisfied: they will praise the Lord that seek Him, and our hearts will live forever. Thus, explaining that the heart is eternal to those who choose to love the Lord.
Proverbs 4:23 says- “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Clearly, the heart is important to be able to navigate through all of life’s challenges. Some people seek to turn their hearts to stone in order not to feel the pain of disappointments. But I say keep your heart alive through experiencing all that life has to offer; and you’ll really live your life, not just exist in it.
The heart can also be deceitful as the holy scriptures in Jeremiah 17:9,10 teaches us- “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruits of his doing.”
Our Lord God Jehovah is clearly letting us know that because of our flesh, our hearts can be deceitful, and desperately wicked, and He will judge according to what we’ve done in our lives to make a difference to spread the word of God to others, or hurt and become a stumbling block to souls searching for the truth!
I could go on and on about the heart, but let us turn our attention to the mind in 1st Chronicles 28:9. God was asking Solomon to get to know Him/ have a relationship with Him because He was the God of his father. He wanted Solomon to serve Him with a perfect heart, and a willing mind because God would be searching all hearts, and thoughts and imaginations of every mind. God also told him that he could be found if Solomon searched for Him, but warned him that if he didn’t search for Him, he would be cut off!
Now we begin to see the weaving pattern of the correlation between the heart and the mind. If our hearts are troubled in life, Isaiah 26:3 sums it up pretty good when God promises us that He will keep us in perfect peace if our minds are stayed on Him if we truly trust Him.
Worry is the great deceiver of our minds. It shows up in almost every situation if we’re not careful. Jesus Christ told us in Luke 12:29,30 that we shouldn’t even be worried about what we eat or drink; that we shouldn’t have a doubtful mind like the world does because His heavenly Father will provide. Personally, I stand on that every day of my life, and God has never failed to provide for me, or my family! The mind is pivotal for ushering the word of God into our hearts. If our minds aren’t right, our hearts won’t be either!
Now,…we move onto these bodies of ours! A moment ago we talked about the worry that plagues our minds, and how it affects our hearts. Lets explore how worry, or fear can affect our bodies. Ever heard the expression, “You’ll worry yourself to death!” This is true. There are people who have literally worried themselves to death. Scientist have proven that all negative thoughts have a perverse affect on our bodies, and that positive thinking has the opposite affect; it strengthens us and wards off diseases.
Our physical bodies aren’t the only thing that’s important, it should merely house the spiritual body in Christ, as Paul describes in Ephesians 3:6. Paul was a Jew, and one of the worst persecutors of the Christians. Newly transformed by the redeeming power of God; he invited all the Gentiles to become a part of the body of Christ, and partakers of the holy promise of life everlasting through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our earthly bodies merely house our hearts and minds which should be stayed on Jesus at all times. Our bodies are corruptible, but if we are truly saved and washed in the blood of the Lamb, our bodies won’t be able to hold down our spirits when God comes to take us home. That is why we shouldn’t be afraid of what is happening to our physical bodies.
In Matthew 10:28- Jesus Christ, when He walked and taught on this earth told us the following, and I quote: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” This leads us straight to the soul, does it not?
Jesus was teaching us that we shouldn’t fear people who can kill us, but we should fear God who can kill both our bodies, and our soul! This is a sobering thought because in our flesh, we are way too preoccupied with what happens to these bodies of ours. We take precautions to try to eat right; take vitamins, exercise, medications. We have face lifts, rather than soul lifts! We have tummy tucks, rather than have our hearts transfixed! We have breast implants, rather than mind transplants! And we have chin implants, rather than soul implants!
What in the world is going on when spend more time with our appearance, than the appearance of our souls to God? We take more time getting ready to show ourselves to the world, then we do to show ourselves before God come Judgment Day! We build huge monuments and churches, and far less time in building bodies through the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Lamentations 3:25 tells us- “The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him.” How many more ways does our Lord God have to say it before we get the point that He compels us to seek to get to know Him? to build our spiritual bodies in Christian love, rather than being so worried about our physical bodies? How much longer will continue in sin that grace abound, till we understand that our minds must be filled with His holy word daily? Our hearts must be constantly transformed by the redeeming blood of the Lamb? Our souls must be constantly exposed to those things which will lift and elevate it to glory?
In conclusion,…. As the song sings, we must build our hope on Jesus Christ’ blood, and His righteousness. We dare not trust the sweetest frame, but holy lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand! Never worry because our God is ever watchful and merciful to and for all our needs!
As John 14:1-3 reports the very words from the lips of Jesus Christ, Himself; “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fathers house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
You want an insurance policy that will never fail? Take out one with the insurance company called, “Salvation Unlimited!” If you have a blood condition and need medical help, why not consult with Jesus Christ who shed His blood on Calvary? He knows all about blood transfusions! If you’ve lost a father, mother, sister, brother, or even a husband or wife, why not take your pain to the man from Galilee who will wipe all tears from our eyes? If you have a heart condition or mind confusion, why not go the heart fixer and the mind regulator? If your soul is dead, why not turn to the man who raised people from the dead? Why not try Jesus instead, I the real question?
Let’s just go there, shall we? Why not try a man who loved us so much that He laid down His life for us? Why not trust a man who put everything on the line to be able to go before His Father and say, “These are our children, and my blood is over them? Why not serve a true and living God who is able to help heart, mind, body, and soul! I do,… do you? (Amen!)