What makes the walk of life such a struggle at times? Throughout Scripture, beginning in Genesis, our relationship with God is described as a walk. God actually walked with Adam in the garden of Eden. Jesus invites us to follow Him, to walk in His footsteps. We are implored to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called” (Ephesians 4:1). Walking requires us to put one foot in front of another and progress forward. However, for some, the Christian walk seems to be more like one step forward, two steps back . . . a real struggle at times. This particularly seems to happen when the focus is more on external conformity than giving attention to one’s heart condition. Though walking is an activity, walking the walk is as much a matter of the heart as it is what we do. In 1 Kings 8:58 Solomon said “May He turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways.” An undivided heart is essential to a steady walk with him. “Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name” (Psalms 86:11). We cannot walk in sin or the ways of the world and be in fellowship with God. “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:5-9). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us, no matter how many times we fall short.
In the bible, the heart represents the totality of your inner self including your mind, emotions, and your will. Wisdom and understanding as you meditate on God’s word are said to be centered at the heart. The heart is the space for your emotions either positive such as: joy, gladness, peace, and love, or negative: grief, sadness, envy, or anger. If you aren’t convinced struggles in our walk are usually heart issues, consider these thoughts from God’s Word: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19). “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart”. “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). We ALL struggle from time to time with issues of the heart. Sometimes wrong attitudes, behavior, or wrong thoughts surface and you wonder where it came from. Your prayer should be: “God create in me a clean heart, and renew a right attitude within me” (Psalms 51:10 ). The part of you that God wants the most is your heart. “For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Ladies, “above all else, guard your heart, for EVERYTHING you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).
With love, hope, and faith,