Issues of the Heart

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,

Sonia

  • Mandy June 11, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Thank you for sharing your heart! A powerful word indeed. Jesus wants our hearts. All of our heart. He wants us to be close with him. He wants us to walk with him. And as we do He wants to heal the issues of our heart.. So true. Great Word!

    • Sonia Carrillo June 16, 2016 at 1:20 am

      Thank you Mandy! Means a lot coming from you! Everything we go through in life stems from the heart and I thought this was a good foundation to lay to help others:-)

  • Jacqueline Peña June 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Amen sis!

  • Denise June 11, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    This is beautiful Sonia. You are correct. How can we truly call ourselves followers of Christ if we look and act like someone who doesn’t know Christ. To be a Christian is to be like Christ. It does not mean to be perfect. It is a daily struggle but when we make a conscience effort to over come the struggles and turn away from that sin, the Holy Spirit helps us to become more and more like our wonderful Lord and Savior. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

    • Sonia Carrillo June 16, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Thank you Denise! You are so right..It is with dealing with our heart issues openly that we can truly have the same heart beat as Jesus!! xoxo!

  • Sylvia Guillen June 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you Sonia for this has truly blessed my heart. Transparency of where we find ourselves in the now is so important to continue to allow Gods work to be done in our lives. The heart can be so deceiving….like you said the struggle is real but let’s face our Giants and with Gods help surrender our heart.

    • Sonia Carrillo June 16, 2016 at 1:23 am

      Thank you Sylvia! I love your words! Transparency is key to dealing with our issues of the heart…

  • Delcy June 14, 2016 at 4:04 am

    So beautiful Sonia. It’s delightful to read your article and the most important, make us to reflect about our lives.

    • Sonia Carrillo June 16, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Thank you Delcy! Reflection is key to dealing with any heart issues!

  • Nannette June 15, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Awesome words! I am so proud of you! Continue your blog it is great!

  • Sandra June 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Beautifully said Sonia!

    • Sonia Carrillo June 30, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks my beautiful Sandra!!

  • Veronica Flores July 6, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Sonia I love everything about your blog it had a serenity about it. Your titles are appealing to any reader and your soft spoken tone is captured, however your love for God, your trust and faith totally on him is so apparent one can’t help but be taken in like a good book. Thank you for sharing your walk with us because with it you start a prayer chain. Blessings! Veronica

    • Sonia Carrillo July 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Veronica! Your words are very encouraging! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog. Means the world to me!