Is Your Heart Divided?


 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

Should I Stay or Go Two Way Road Signs Make DecisionWould you consider yourself indecisive? If so, read on.  If not, read on anyway because your heart may still be divided.

Another name for a divided heart is double-mindedness. In other words, a person with a divided heart is of two minds and cannot settle on one.

What is a divided heart? A divided heart is a heart that rides the fence between two belief systems, two points of view, or two paths to take. A divided heart is a heart that wavers between right and wrong, between belief and doubt.  A divided heart is a heart that is unfocused, confused, and filled with unbelief.

Unbelief?  Yes, unbelief. 

Scripture tells us that a person with a divided heart should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:7). Why? Because that person cannot decide whether or not to believe what God says.

Moreover, “a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8). Not a complimentary thing, is it? To be unstable is to stand on a shaky foundation, one that will eventually crumble.

Because a divided heart is a heart of unbelief, it is also an evil heart.  God says this in Hebrews 3:12: “Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”  When we have a divided heart, we are living in unbelief, and to live in unbelief is to have an evil heart.

If you heart has been divided, repent and ask Jesus to restore it to wholeness. Spend time in prayer and reading God’s Word. The Word of God will mend your divided heart and make it stable, steady, and strong.

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The Worried Heart

Do you have a worried heart? I used to struggle with worry, but I’ve learned a few things along the way that may help you, too.

What is worry?  The word “worry” comes from the Greek word merimnao which is actually a combination of two other Greek words, merizo and nous. Merizo means “to divide” while nous means “mind.” So, to worry means to divide the mind. When the mind is divided, so is the heart.

The Book of James tells us that a divided mind is an unstable mind (James 1:8). So, when we worry, our minds are actually unstable. And an unstable mind is incapable of making a wise decision–or any decision at all, for that matter. Moreover, worry adversely affects our physical bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Spirit.

Not only does worry split the mind and hurt the body, but, more significantly, worry is also a sin.  We rarely look on worry as a sin, but if we did, we might be more intentional in overcoming it.  

One insight that greatly helped me in overcoming worry was to realize that worry is simply using my imagination in a negative way.  Each of us has an imagination. We can choose to use it to picture positive outcomes for our lives, or we can choose it to picture negative outcomes for our lives. The good news is that we have a choice. Choose to use your imagination to picture positive outcomes for your life and worry will no longer plague you.

Overcoming worry involves creating a picture in your imagination that corresponds with God’s picture of you as found in His Word.  When your picture and God’s picture agree, you set in motion the power of agreement as described in Matthew 18:19.  When the power of agreement is in effect, faith is ignited to receive what God has for you.

Corrie Ten Boom who survived the concentration camps said this: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.”  

The Word of God is our antidote to worry. When you are tempted to worry, meditate on these words of Jesus:

Hebrews 13:5 – “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

Matthew 6:34 – ““So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.”

Finally, remember this: what we worry about rarely comes to pass. So why waste precious time worrying when we can spend that same time trusting God and resting in His love for us?

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