Hebrews 11:3 (VOICE) Through faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God; everything we now see was fashioned from that which is invisible.
A SCIENCE TO FAITH
Genesis 1:27 (NIV) God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
- You are more like God than what you think.
- You are framing your world through your words.
Proverbs 12:14 (MOFF) A man reaps the results of all his words.
Proverbs 13:3 (DOUAY) He that hath no guard on his speech shall meet with evil.
Mark 11:23 (NKJV) . . . he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Luke 6:45 (NIV) The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
The secret to physical health and a long happy life is simply developing a cheerful mind and a happy heart.
LIVING CHEERFUL AND HAPPY
Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
The Hebrew word for “thinks” literally means to open, to act as a gate, or gate-keeper. In other words, thoughts are the gate-keeper of our heart. Whatever we meditate on we open our heart up to.
Philippians 4:6-8 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now . . . fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
If you want a cheerful mind and a happy heart, keep your thoughts centered on:
- God’s Word — The promises of God.
- God’s character — The grace of God.
- And good reports — The faithfulness of God.
THE HEART THE ULTIMATE VARIABLE
Mark 4:13-20 (NIV) Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in their heart. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”
Notice, there are 4 types of ground (or heart conditions):
- The Path. The hard hearted. They will not let God’s Word in.
- The Rocky Soil. The half-hearted. They wont go deep.
- The Thorns. The heart that is preoccupied with other things.
- The Good Ground. This kind of heart meditates on God’s Word, seeks to understand it, and according to Luke 8:15 keeps the Word, and bears forth much fruit.
Where are you at? In salvation, healing, prosperity?
Our heart determines the course of our life. But the only way to deal with the heart is to accept personal responsibility for it. So we need to take initiative to establish our heart in God’s truth.
Psalm 19:8-9; 14 (NLT) The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever . . . . 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.