Three profound and excellent books *** I read renewed my heart and mind. All where summed up in a picture that entered my mind during a time of prayer..
The following imperfect but illustrative analogy is bringing an integration of my heart and mind. I now understand the spiritual movements of the human heart in a much more deep and profound way.
The effectiveness to “take captive every thought and subject it to Christ” ( St. Paul) has greatly increased. The salvation of the soul in my understanding, is accomplished with the renewing of the mind through the washing of the word.****
I am compelled to share this it helps me perhaps it will help you guard your heart and mind to remain in Christ (Messiah).
I see now the human heart/soul can be like a pendulum on a clock.
It swings back and forth between sometimes polar issues. The feelings and reasoning culminate in decisions about what is real or what should be done about it. The net result of the swings is action or in-action; a choice is made as the pendulum swings.
And it swings between:
truth & lies,
faith & fear,
love & hate,
mercy & judgment ,
generosity & greed,
honesty & deceit,
humility & pride,
Tick Tock, Tick , Tock, Tick, Tock ;
Goes the rhythm of our heart the soul is our clock.
Yet as a believer I have fixed my heart on Jesus (Yeshua).
He is the fastener of the Pendulum; the lynch pin about which my pendulum swings.
If I were an unbeliever, soulish, only animal-is-tic, not a spiritual man- if I where a man of the flesh alone I would be; self-willed. Likely driven by pride, vanity, lust, indulgence or whatever priorities I chose. These might be the lynch pins for my heart.
But my heart is hidden in Christ’s. Out of His Spirit flow my desires and intentions. But the decisions, behaviors, actions; my responses to the swings of my emotions and reason; the timing of my actions; is my responsibility; my choice.
I understand now as I grow the swinging of the ark of the pendulum is reducing; My emotional or psychological reactions to troubles or events that come into my life is shifting. The exposure to extremes or the imbalanced state of being is diminishing as I grow in faith, hope and love.
Our integrity requires a balanced perspective and integration of intention and action in a positive forthright manner. A smooth transition from the negative into the positive poles of our being is important. Our behavior is driven by where and when we choose to act during the swinging pendulum that are our motivations; the movements of our hearts.
We are required by the Spirit of Truth in Grace (that is the spirit of Jesus/Yeshua) within us to find the balance and choose wisely in our actions and the timing of them.
Otherwise we experience conviction or loss. The Spirit is the correcting mechanisms of the clock. His spirit sets the limits for our swings by his power resident in us. It seems life or death is the only choice set before me each day, each movement, each moment, each thought, I must choose which I will serve.
“Today I set before you life or death, blessings or the curse… choose life” Deuteronomy 30:18-20 .
The choice I make starts my emotional/psychological swing back; toward Life or further into death. When I act from life, I am acting “in him” and I will see “his glory”.(****)
If I act in faith, life, grace, truth and wisdom; from Christ in me- it brings rest; it brings life. Yet as St. Paul warns us in Romans, “what is not of faith is sin”.
If I act from my own understanding, habits, schemes, plans or fears; whatever is not of truth, grace, peace- faith; it brings death. No matter how good I might feel about my actions if it is not of Christ and His faith; it is death for me or others around me.
If I don’t wish to bring forth death I must choose the cross for my desires, actions or behaviors. If they are “In Christ” they bring life. Our choice is life or death; life in Christ or death to self.
Discerning between the two options is the hard part.
Death to self is a messy, untidy, and painful process, but resurrection life always follows for those who know Christ. So Jesus is my savior/life giver or judge/executioner and my heart must swing between life or death; resurrection life or the cross of Christ.
Life or death;
goes my hearts clock…
The complication is others experience my swings and it can be uncomfortable for them; causing them to react.
When I bring forth the fruit of my process for examination before men and not Jesus alone people are prone to judge or try to fix it.
They want to adjust my pendulum to conform to what they see as appropriate movement, behavior or balance. If we place people above the truth or realty of Christ we make them Idols.
If we fear people’s opinions more than the Lord we are worshiping them and not him. For one worships and serves what they fear.
We can be judged for the very nails that keep our freshly reactions fixed on our own cross by our own brethren. People may forget every clock ticks and functions differently. Each time piece is made first to serve it’s maker and owner; secondly for those who observe it’s action or movements.
Rabbi Shaul (St. Pual) said “to me it is a very small thing if I am examined by you our or any human court…as a matter of fact I do not even examine my self…the one who examines me is the Lord …so do not go on passing judgment but wait for the Lord“
St. Paul did not let anyone not even himself tinker with the mechanism of his heart. He was about living and being in Christ, not introspection or self-examination. Now that is liberty and submission to God the master clock maker.
That is “guarding your heart…for from it flow the issue of life”
I find now this required choice of life and death frequently. The Pendulum that is my heart/soul; my time is kept by the swings from life in Christ to death on the cross of Christ. The more fluid and accurate, timely or succinctly the movement is made the more integral, effective and accurate is my life to keep time with God’s life; The more finely tuned a mechanism becomes the fewer and less frequent the adjustments are necessary.
If I let others to closely into my heart to tinker with it inappropriately it disrupts the time and keeps me from moving forward effectively. It behooves me to presume and communicate to others that I believe they are positive forces not negative ones.
For that honors their good intentions even if they have missed God’s timing or wisdom; the Lord’s is real and present in them even if I do not appreciate our understand their efforts to balance my movements. Sometimes it is He himself moving and motivating their actions. He is in His perfect time and will making adjustments or balancing my our behaviors to coordinate actions with others. We are to be “submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God “Ephesians 5:20-22 for that causes unity in the body of Christ.
Finally; I see my actions, communications and intentions must be a result of effectively smooth and accurate movements of my heart; in Gods time. For my heart is the perpetual motion mechanism of my life.
It is the engine of my behaviors and actions and it should be carefully and precisely maintained. For the net result of its fluctuation determines my integration with life or death; crucifixion or resurrection; for myself and others about me.
My life and health and my walk in truth and grace is summed up by the tick tock of my hearts clock and the workings of the great watchmaker. He plans this to be what keeps me in time with him eternally. It is he alone that knows how to adjust the mechanism to keep me synchronized with the most important clock in the universe; the heart and mind of Christ.
We can remain confident and at peace for the time-keeper, that very mechanism of grace and truth is actually resident in our own person by faith in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus the Christ).
*Healing ADD by Dr. Amen
**“Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Scazzero
***The rest of the Gospel (When the partial gospel has worn you out) by Dan Stone and David Gregory.
From Journal entry 1.17.2012; revised 1.18.12;1.19.12,10.10.15,2.2.2018
william mark parry © 1.20.12