Last week I started to talk about the mind and how to free your mind from what you think

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This week I am going to look more into how the heart and the mind interconnect.

Our hearts and our minds are so interconnected and influence each other. Science says it starts with a feeling, that triggers the mind, but I have also seen how my thinking can impact my feelings.

Something you see or hear might trigger the first emotion, which makes you think of something, but then your thinking goes on and on in another direction and that in turn can trigger so many other emotions.

In the Bible we also see how our hearts and minds interact.

We were all unsaved and disobedient Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians.

Eph 2:3

All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

Here Paul mentions the cravings of the flesh. Here we see that the cravings follow the desires and thoughts. This could be, the more I think about and desire it, the more I start to crave what I don’t have.  It is like the Comparison Trap. The more I see what other have, the more I think about and desire it, but that leads to cravings and discontent. 

He also writes to them that we no longer live as Gentiles do.

Eph 4:18

They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

So I am seeing that there is ignorance in their minds, which has sprouted from hard hearts.  If your heart is hardened, your mind closes up for understanding.

Matt 15:19

For out of the heart comes evil thoughts.

That is why we need to guard our hearts, guard our feelings, because our thoughts and feelings are interconnected.  Simeon, uncle of Jesus, blessed Mary with these words:

Luk 2:3-5

And a sword will pierce through your own soul also – that the secret thoughts and purposes of many hearts may be brought out and disclosed.

And is that not exactly what Jesus did?  He comes and shows us what the secret thoughts in our minds are and the secret purposes in our hearts?  And He does it for our own good, we can never consider to become more like Him if we keep things in the dark and never look into our own hearts and thoughts.  I love to say “The truth will set your free”, because I have experienced, that as soon as I discover something in my heart or mind and I open it up and bring it to the light, I become free from what has been capturing me.  Jesus already knows what is going on in our minds….. 

Luk 24:38

And He said to them: “Why are you disturbed and troubled, and why do such doubts and questionings arise in your hearts?”

Here we have an example where both thoughts and feelings were in the same state, disturbed, troubled and doubtful. I don’t even think the disciples realized that this was what they were thinking and feeling, but Jesus ask them to pause and consider to inspect their own thoughts and feelings.  This is what I believe one should do with mindfulness.  I don’t want to call it meditation, because my understanding is that the Eastern way of meditation is to empty your mind, but then I wonder, what do you fill it with?  I like what I’m learning about mindfulness.  To go to a quiet place and to become sensitive to what is really going on in your thoughts and in your heart.  To FEEL what you are feeling and THINK what you are thinking and taking that to God and ask Him to help decipher what is really going on.

1 Tim 1:5-7

But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

Our goal is a pure heart and a good conscience, which will produce a sincere faith.  But I see that so many times I do not understand either what I am sometimes saying or asserting.  I have to really THINK about it, meditate about it.  So, is the mind under the heart or the heart under the mind? Romans 7 and 8 is also full of passages showing how the thoughts and feeling are interlinked

Rom 7:21-25

So, this is the principle I have discovered, When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law. But I see another law at work in my body, warning against the law of my mind and holding me captive to the law of sin that dwells within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I serve the law of God but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Here Paul’s mind is full of God and His grace, but he catches his body and feelings are not aligned in the same way his mind is.  Do we discern this for ourselves? Do we realized how double minded we can be at times?  I have learned that my mind knows I can trust in God’s provision, but why do I still feel anxious about not having enough?  My feelings are not yet aligned to what my mind believies. I also had times where my heart was overflowing with God’s grace and love for me, but then strange thoughts pop into my head that almost ‘’steal’’ the good happy feelings I had. 

Rom 8:5-8

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind, governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

The mind is not under the flesh, neither is the flesh under the mind, they must both submit to the Spirit.

Rom 8:27

And he who searches our hearts, knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

When my mind is under the Spirit, I will know the mind of the Spirit, this is how I can hear God. When I allow Him to penetrate my heart and thoughts, I will know the mind of the Spirit.

Phil 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When I am mindful of the thoughts in my mind and the feelings in my heart, I am able to present my requests to God.  And notice the beautiful promise.  I will then have peace guarding my heart and my mind. What more can I ask for in life?

Final thoughts

Our hearts and our minds are interconnected and influence each other.

If your heart is hardened, your mind closes up for understanding.

Jesus comes to expose the secret thoughts in our minds and the secret purposes in our hearts.

FEEL what you are feeling and THINK what you are thinking.

The mind is not under the flesh, neither is the flesh under the mind, they must both submit to the Spirit.

Being mindful produces peace in heart and in mind.

May the LORD bless you and keep you.

May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you

May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.

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