There is an old saying that goes something like this, you only live once so make the best out of it. It is true, we only have 1 life to live, and we only have 1 body to live it in, so we better take good care of it. We all know we have the authority to decide how long we are going to live, we can start abusing our bodies and live an unhealthy life to make sure our life span will be cut dramatically short. Or we can take good care of our bodies and lengthen our life span with several years. If we care so much about our physical body, why do we not care just as much about our spiritual health, considering how they affect each other?
If you are a Christian, you believe the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Yeshua (John 20:17) whose name is Yehovah is the one who controls life. He is the one who decided when, where, and to whom you would be born. And He is the one who decides when, where, and how you one day will die. The Bible says our spiritual health affects our physical health. If we take good care of our physical bodies, we eat right, never eat junk food and we work out a lot it will not do us any good if we at the same time eat spiritual junk food and refuse to exercise our spiritual bodies.
When you never open your Bible you instead blindly accept everything coming from a pulpit, you are guilty of eating spiritual junk food. When you blindly accept what a pastor/evangelist tells you, without checking your own Bible, your spiritual muscles will soon waste away. If you eat spiritual junk food and never exercise your spiritual muscles, it will soon show in your physical health.
If you dont take care of your spiritual life, it will, in the end, show on your physical body and shorten your life span.
So how do you exercise and care for your spiritual body?
The Bible says we need to protect, care for, guard our hearts because from it flows the springs of life. (Prov 4:23). It is that easy, care for your heart, protect it, and life will flow from it. The heart is the center for everything in our spiritual life, we ask Jesus into our hearts and we are told to in Hebr 10:16 Yehovah will put His law in our hearts. He promises to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is entirely devoted to Him (2.Cor 16:9). But the heart can also be wicked and evil (Jer 17:19-20). So what is “the heart” in the Bible? Is it the physical muscle beating inside of our chest keeping us alive? And if so, how can a muscle be wicked and evil or be entirely devoted to Yehovah? What happens when you ask Jesus into your “heart”? Do you ask Him to live in your physical heart inside of your chest or is the heart something completely different?
When we read the Bible, we have to keep in my mind how every language is filled with idioms and expressions. In our English language, it is not uncommon to use the phrase “I feel a burning in my heart” or “I feel like my heart is broken.” We all know we are not talking about our physical heart being on fire or physically broken. If that were the case, there would be a lot of people dropping dead from broken hearts or hearts on fire when they felt passion for something. So we understand that in this case, we use an idiom to make a point. But the expression we use “my heart” usually refers to our soul, personality, and our true self. When we feel heartbroken, we feel it in our soul. When we feel passion for something, it comes from our soul.
So where is the soul/heart located if it is not the physical heart beating in our chests? Do we aks Jesus into our souls?
When someone is declared clinical dead, they are said to be brain dead. Perhaps the heart is still beating, the body is still able to breathe with the help of a machine, but if the person is brain dead doctors usually will not resuscitate. This gives us a clue to understanding where the heart the Bible speaks about is located.
When we feel a burning in our hearts and a passion for doing something, or we feel as if our hearts have been broken, it always starts in our minds with a thought and an idea or words that have been spoken over us. Everything originates in the mind. So when we compare what medicine says with our own experiences, we quickly understand what the Bible means when it says the heart. The Bible is referring to the mind and our brains, not the physical heart beating in our chest. This means that when you ask Jesus into your heart, you invited Him into your mind.
When the Bible tells us to guard our minds because from it flows the springs of life (Prov 4:23), it should not surprise us considering how everything we do originates in our minds. What we have in our minds decides if we will live or die spiritually and physically. Thoughts that come into our minds, words being spoken over us, can give us conscious and unconscious ideas that affect everything we do.
So if we do not guard our minds, we can easily be tricked into doing something sinful towards ourselves, Yehovah or our fellow man. We even see this with Eve in the garden, the snake did not force Eve to eat the apple. But because Eve did not guard her mind, she added to the word of Yehovah and that opened the door for the snake to lie to her. She believed that lie and the human race was kicked out of the garden of Eden because of it. Adam, her husband, did the same thing. Because he did not guard his mind, he believed the lie and ate from the apple.
What thoughts should be in your mind when you have asked Yeshua (Jesus) to live there? What Yeshua said in the Bible or what some pastor/evangelist/denomination said? If Yeshua lives in your mind, why do you obey the traditions and doctrines of men that clearly opposes what Yeshua taught us in the Bible?
When the Bible says, Yehovah promises to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose mind is entirely devoted to Him (2.Cor 16:9) it is the same thing as He says to Joshua in Joshua 1:7-9. If we guard our minds with the written Torah and make sure to obey it, we will be entirely devoted to Him and succeed in everything we do. Then we will have no reason to worry about anything (Matthew 6:25-34, Deut 28:1-13)
How do you guard your mind with the written Torah? The Bible says we are to meditate on His Torah night and day and make sure to obey it. But what does that look like in a busy life where you have so much on your mind, so many things to think about?
Let me ask you this question, if you are married, what is on your mind when you are with the one you love and when you are away from the one you love?. If you have children, what is on your mind when you are with them or away from them?
When you are reminded of your spouse, or you are reminded of your children, you feel in your mind a love for them even if you are away from them. If you are with them the sound of their voice, sounds they make or even their smell will make you feel love for them. Your love for them reminds you of things that makes them happy and makes them feel loved by you. So you start thinking of things to do for them to show them your love. So your love for them motivates you to remember things they enjoy, things that make them feel loved. So in a way, it would be fair to say your love for them compels you to meditate on what you can do for them to make them feel loved.
Why do you end up meditating on things that make them feel loved? Because you know them so well as your spouse or your children that you know what to do to make them feel your love. If you truly love them, you would show them your love by what you say and what you do. Why would you do this? Because they have a constant place in your mind. Your love for them have invited them into your mind.
In John 14:15, Yeshua says, “if you love Me, you will keep My Torah.” Yehovah is no different from the rest of us when it comes to love. Just as we feel loved when we see love in action, so He feels loved when He sees love in action. Just as our spouses and children feel loved when we show them that we know them and know what makes them feel loved, so does He feel loved when we show Him that we know Him so well that we know what makes Him feel loved.
How can you claim to have a relationship with Yeshua if you dont know what to do to show Him your love? How can you claim to have invited Him into your mind if you refuse to do what He said and instead obey what a pastor/evangelist/denomination says?
Perhaps your response would be “He knows I love Him, I tell Him so every day in prayer and on Sundays, I sing songs to Him to worship Him.” How would you feel if your spouse said: “he/she knows I love him/her, I tell him/her so every day and on one day a week I sing songs to them to show them how much they mean to me.” How would you feel if your spouse said: “I do not have to love him/her the way they want to be loved, it is enough for me to show them my love by the way my neighbor says they are to be loved”? This sounds rather ridiculous, but this is what most Christians do every Sunday. They refuse to love Yeshua the way He wants to be loved, but they claim to love Him the way their pastor/evangelist/denomination says He is to be loved. Is it any wonder your prayers are not answered?
If your spouse never did anything to show you how much they loved you, and it was all talk with them, you would not feel very much loved. You expect to see love in action to feel loved, you want them to understand you and know you so well that they have no problem understanding how to make you feel loved.
Why do we expect Yeshua to feel loved when we never show Him our love, and it is all talk with us?
It is because we do not guard our minds with the knowledge of how to love Him and Yehovah. The knowledge is the Torah.
The Bible says we are to love Him more than we love ourselves and our family. If we have no problem meditating on our love for our family, and how to show our love for our spouses and children each time we are reminded of them, we should have no problem meditating on our love for Yehovah all the time if we understand the cross. If we understand how we did not deserve the cross, but Yehovah loves us so much that He died for us to free us from the curse of the law in Numbers 5, we will have no problem making it our nr 1.priority to love Him back by being obedient to the Torah. This is why 1.John 4:9 says we love Yehovah because He first loved us (John 3:16), and love for Yehovah is being obedient to His Torah. (John 14:15, 1. John 5:3, 2.John 6:8)
So why do so many Christians today believe it is ok to love Jesus by telling Him how they much love Him, by singing songs to Him but they believe it is legalism to show Him their love?
This has happened because Christians eat spiritual junk food blindly accepting what is being preached from the pulpits, never opening their own Bibles to see if it is true. So spiritual junk food gets disposed in your mind and gives birth to a thought that says, “it is ok to love Yeshua without showing Him how much I love Him and I do not have to love Him the way He wants to be loved, the best way to love Him is the way my pastor/evangelist/denomination says”. You would never love your spouse that way, why would you love your God in such a disrespectful way?
If we are saved if we have been given the Holy Spirit in salvation, why is it so easy for spiritual junk food to give birth to such heresy in our own minds? It is because we never or seldom open our Bibles and read them. We leave that part up to our pastor/evangelist/denomination but by doing so, we make them our god and that is idolatry.
If we desire healthy spiritual food, the only thing we have to do is open our Bibles, and we will soon learn that Yeshua expects us to love Him the way we all want to be loved, by seeing our love for Him in action.
The Bible says the mind can be wicked and evil (Jer 17:19-20). When we ignore the Torah (the written law of Moses) or we believe it does apply to us we have no way of having a relationship with Yehovah and Yeshua. (2. John 6:8, John 14:15). The result will be that the mind grows to become even more wicked and evil. Because this has happened, we see heresies in the church world today, such as acceptance of homosexual lifestyle, acceptance of divorce and remarriage, acceptance of abortion.
All of this should not take us by surprise. We all know how Yeshua warns us against evil, sinful acts originating in the mind. (Mattew 5:28). But it also gives us a new perspective on the phrase “asking Jesus into your heart.” If the heart is the mind, the question would be, have you asked Jesus into your mind? And how can you tell?
Let me help you by asking you another question, if you have been in love with someone, you can’t stop thinking about them because they “have a place in your heart.” Every waking moment your mind thinks of them, how much you love them, how much they mean to you, and what you want to do for them. It would be fair to say you have “asked them into your heart” because they are always on your mind.
If you have asked Jesus into your heart, He will be on your mind at all times. You will make it your number 1 priority to read His word, not what is being preached from the pulpits and make sure you show Him how much you love Him.
Have you asked Yeshua into your heart? If you are among them who believe the Torah does not apply to you, or you believe only the moral commandments and not the Shabbat commandment/food laws apply to you, the answer is no. You have not asked Him into your heart because He is not in your mind and your mind (the heart) does not make it its number 1 priority to love Him the way He wants to be loved. This is why He warns us in Matthew 7:21-23 there will come a time when Christians die, expecting to be let into heaven, but all they will hear is “depart from Me, for I do not know you, you who disobey the Torah”.
Do you consider yourself to be a good protector of your mind (Prov 4:23)? If the answer is yes, you will make it your number 1 priority to love, learn and live by the Torah AND love the cross. So how does this help us in our day to day life considering how James 1 and Rev 12:11,14:11 says we will have victory over the devil if we do this?
In James 1:2, we are encouraged to rejoice in trials because trials and tribulations test and build our faith. When everything is ok and easy in our life we claim to trust in Jesus and His promises. We claim He has a place in our hearts. When we are faced with a trial, we will know for sure what is in our minds (hearts). The Bible says Yehovah knows the secrets of the heart, even those thing we dont know because we ignore them even though they are there buried deep in our minds. So He uses trial and tribulations to help us to see what is really in our hearts so we can know for sure we are saved.
So it is easy for us to claim a strong faith in Yeshua, the Bible, and all of His promises when everything goes well. When the trials of life come our way, it might not be that easy because they have a tendency to expose what is truly in our hearts and expose if we are genuinely saved. So often Yehovah has to expose us to trials and tribulations to make sure our minds are pure and show us what is really in them. When we are faced with a trial it forces us to do one of two things, 1 give up or 2 surrenders in obedience to Yehovah. If we never ever had any troubles in our lives, we would never get to exercise our spiritual muscles and never learn to surrender in obedience. This is why James 1:2 encourages us to rejoice in trials because they force us to trust and obey Yehovah even more.
We see this happening when our forefathers left Egypt. When they left Egypt, nobody complained, but when they found themselves in the desert lacking water, being pursued by the Pharaos army, a lot of them complained. When they left Egypt, it was easy to claim strong faith in Yehovah and His promises. But when the trials came, it became clear to them who had guarded their minds and who had succumbed to the temptation of the devil.
When we are faced with trials and tribulations, the devil will always tempt us to let our guards down in our minds. He will try to persuade us, in our minds, to be anxious, stressed out, and worried. Suddenly we will have thoughts like “what if so and so happens?”, “what if you have done something so bad that this time God will not help you?”, “This bill is impossible for you to pay, now you are going to starve and be a slave to debt for the rest of your life,” “this lump you feel in your body is cancer for sure, and you are dead within a year.”
How do you face trials like that?
You make the conscious decision to guard your mind (Prov 4:23). Nobody will make that decision for you, you are the one who has to decide to do so.
How do you guard your mind?
By loving Yehovah who loves you so much that He gave you His one and only Son Yeshua. How do you love Yehovah? The Bible says in 2.John 6:3 by being obedient to Him and His Torah, and by making sure you love Him so much that the most essential thing in your life is to show Him how much you love HIm. That is when you start meditating on the Torah (Joshua 1:7-9), and you will succeed in everything you do.
This is no different from the rest of our relationships here on earth.
Do you want a relationship with Yeshua?
Do you want a relationship with Yehovah?
Start guarding your mind with your love for Him by being obedient to Him.
Today it is Friday, and if you love Yehovah, you will obey Him by celebrating Shabbat. Shabbat begins when the sun sets, during the Shabbat, you can’t work for money or make others work for money. If you have a medical emergency, you can break Shabbat, but if it can wait until tomorrow, it has to wait.
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