A Change Of Heart

For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: “Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, And take away the foreskins of your hearts, You men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Lest My fury come forth like fire, And burn so that no one can quench it, Because of the evil of your doings”
— Jeremiah 4:3-5 NKJV

Within the prescribed family structure, the Father has given us order. The husband is the protector and leader of his home, but this in no way diminishes the role or status of the wife. A synergistic relationship exists between them as they each have their distinctive yet complementary place and functionality in leading. Incongruency in any way, shape, or form in the hearts of leaders negatively affects the ones that they are leading. People are either born into family or become part of one, and groups of families form nations. When the Father comes to assess a nation, He always starts with the leaders. The heart is the very foundation for this assessment. Everything we see around us comes from within the heart of man. We are all too familiar with the prevalent presence of evil, perversion, and disobedience even in the midst of goodness, righteousness and obedience.

The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body. Made up of 4 chambers, it is a marvelously powerful and rugged pump that circulates blood through our arteries, veins, and capillaries; it is the very organ that keeps us human beings alive. Many technologies have appeared over the years to help heal and strengthen the physical heart of people. Even so, thousands continue to die every year from various types of heart disease. As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. Scripture describes the heart as ground that is made up of various kinds of soil. “Seeds” planted in this ground produce a harvest of fruit that is either good or bad. Just as the heart conveys lifeblood to the body, so too the soil does for the seeds. Either way, the life is in the blood.

Everything we experience in life enters our consciousness through our eyes, ears, and other senses, but eventually lands in our heart. Countless people today suffer from a broken heart, a clogged heart, an injured heart damaged from the afflictions of multiple hurts, wounds, bruises and scars. These wounds may be invisible to natural eyes, but eventually, unless we know where to go for healing, they will manifest in our outward behavior. When we consistently refute the healing process, we allow our heart to become hardened, with a negative impact on our behavior: deep-rooted anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, resentment, pride, and so forth. No matter how great the potential of a good seed to produce abundantly once planted, it will have no effect on—will not even sprout in—a heart that has become hardened.

Any true change in our life must begin with a change in our heart. Our heart is the epicenter of change! Our Father affords us the opportunity to search our own hearts and see all the inconsistencies there that cause us pain and harm. The truth is clear: people who are hurt, hurt other people. When we are misled by “self,” we produce things that are “selfish.” Changing our heart is tough to do, partly because so often we wrestle with a sense of “the need to be right even when we are not.” The sad part is that the more we tell ourselves that lie, the more we come to believe it as absolutely true. That is the power of pride. It starts slowly by persuading us to believe in our own reason as the way to ferret out truth, but only works to make our hearts calloused. What we really need is a soft heart, one that is postured in repentance, and always ready to make a 360-degree turn.

A repentant heart is a fragrant aroma before the Father. Repentance is when we give Him the right to come in and have His way with us. It’s painful at times, but He is the greatest heart surgeon in the universe. After all, He fashioned us and knows every intricate detail about us. As our hearts change, our families change for the better and move toward wholeness. A whole family is the starting point toward building a wholesome nation, and a wholesome nation is always Father-centered.