Series: Spirit, Soul & Body, emotions, imagination, prayer
Sun am 7 July 2019 – Kobus Swart
3 John 1:2; Prov. 4:20-22; Rom. 10:8-10 – Mirror; Mark 11:23-24; (Prov. 23:7); (1 Pet. 2:24); (Col. 3:2 – Mirror); (Gen. 14:17-20); (Heb. 5:6-10; Heb. 6:20; Heb. 7:1-28); (Prov. 4:23); (Eccl. 3:11)
Something must come from our innermost being (heart) and impact our soul and our physical body. Remember the gateways from the soul to the body: your conscience, your reason, imagination, your mind, your emotions, your choice and your will. Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2). My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body (Prov. 4:20-22). Today we will look at two of these gateways: the emotions and the imagination. These play a giant role in our physical body. Heart-faith confirms the fact of mankind’s righteousness and ignites the kind of conversation consistent with salvation (Rom. 10:10 Mirror). Where does true faith originate? With the heart man believes! (Rom. 10:8-10). The heart here refers to the subconscious mind. This is important. So, with the heart man believes and with the mouth he confesses. There is a difference between saying you believe and faith that comes from the heart. Heart-faith is what we are looking at.
Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him (Mark 11:23). What do you think He meant? The problem with our mindset is that we build a theory that makes it easier, or we back out of reality. I believe in every person’s life there are “mountains”. If we cannot have the faith in our hearts to cast that mountain into the sea, we are going to have problems advancing spiritually. Therefore, I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you (Mark 11:24). Watch out for those habitual thoughts, especially when they are negative, because they will impact your body. Actually in the long run, negative thoughts form mountains. This is a big problem for believing, born-again Christians. The more you think about it, the more it filters to the subconscious mind and that becomes a powerful issue and affects your body. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7).
“Once we understand the interaction of the objective and the subjective minds, we are in a better position to learn the art of prayer” (Murphy). There is something God is requiring of the Church now. God has made provision for each individual to experience heart-faith. You do not have to borrow the faith of someone else by them laying their hands on you. There was a time that all you had to do was to ask a gifted man to lay hands on you and pray for you. We notice that it is not quite the same anymore!
Talk to yourself in the day; talk to yourself in the night hours: “I am harmony, I am peace, I am rest; I am love”. Many reach the place of burn-out because of stress and worries. Those things go into your subconscious and impact your body negatively. Do not fall prey to habitual negative thinking patterns. How many remember the ‘positive thinking’ era? Yes, there was an over-reaction against it from many circles, but – instead of negative thinking – let positive Biblical truths filter down into your heart and subconscious mind.
Your subconscious mind can – and should – be creative and one with your Divine Source, which is God, the one and only living God. Talk to your body. God has paid the price by His Son. By His wounds we were healed (Is 53; 1 Pet. 2:24). Past tense! Our subconscious mind needs to get this truth.
Here is the heart of the word: It is more than just having a healthy physical body. I am looking beyond just that. Set your mind on the things from above (Col. 3:2). What does that mean? Set your mind on throne-room realities where you are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Col. 3:2 – Mirror Bible). This is the truth that must filter down into our subconscious minds: I am seated with Christ in heavenly places. We need to change our thinking about this. Habitual thinking affects the way we see our future. It is already in your mind unless you change it through prayer; not begging prayer, but declarations based on truth in the Word of God. God has put eternity in the heart of every man (Eccl. 3:11). Setting our mind on the things from above, includes the following: The Melchizedek order! He has no beginning and no end. He has no father or mother and he has an indestructible life! Think about this! God is calling the Church into the Melchizedek order, of which Jesus became a forerunner as the High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 5:6-10; Heb. 6:20; Heb. 7:1-28). The name ‘Melchizedek’ means ‘king of righteousness’.
The importance of sleep: Everyone knows that you need eight hours of sleep each night. It is essential for peace of mind and health of body. Sleep deprivation can have serious negative effects. We are spiritually re-charged during peaceful sleep. We must learn how to disconnect from the interference from our conscious mind. Only then healing will take place. We must disconnect from the thoughts of the day; the negativism; the worries, anxieties and stresses to have a peaceful sleep at night. Do not go to sleep worrying. Prayerful meditation is also a form of sleep. Meditation is a powerful way of interacting with God, in intimacy with God. Before you go to sleep, forgive everyone who has caused you problems. Forgive! Put your intercession as well as other requests for specific guidance before the Lord before you go to sleep every night. The Lord can speak to us through dreams. It is so important, especially at night before you go to bed to make the “I Am” proclamations. “I am righteousness, I am peace; I am joy in the Holy Spirit.” Decree rather than pleading!
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life (Prov. 4:23). The springs of life flow from your heart; watch over your heart. This is about the emotions and the imaginations. Guard your heart, guard your thought life and declare the “I am” based on the finished works of Jesus on the cross.