Listen to your Heart

Science has found that the heart is not just an organ for pumping blood around the body. Since the first heart transplant, in December 1967 by Christiaan Barnard, there has been case after case of people who along with their transplanted heart, have also received memories and emotional states that were unique to the donor. One of the most starling of these cases is that of an 8 year old girl who received the heart of a ten year old girl who had been murdered. After the operation she started having nightmares about being murdered, they were so traumatic that she was taken to a psychiatrist. He because of the consistent and detailed nature of the nightmares decided to inform the police. With the first clues about the details of the time, the place, the murder weapon and the clothes he wore, the police were able to track down the culprit and bring him to justice. (Pearsall 1999)

Your second brain is in your heart

Scientists are in the process of working out how this can happen. They have discovered that the heart’s nervous system contains about 40,000 neurons of several types. Neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells like those found in the brain are also present. These communicate with the brain, but they can learn, remember, feel and sense independently to the brain as well. It is a complex intrinsic nervous system that is sufficiently sophisticated to qualify as a "little brain" in its own right. (Armour and Ardell 2004) This second brain, the heart, detects circulating hormones and neurochemicals, and monitors blood pressure. It acts as a checking system for the emotions, monitoring what we feel when we do things. For example, it will detect the chemically initiated “rush of guilt” that we feel when we do or say something that we know is wrong. It also means that the heart is involved in giving us a sense of intuition, as the neurons in the heart communicate and feed back to the brain about the emotions we feel about a situation as opposed to what we think.

Listen to your heart

This science seems to support the biblical view of the heart and the emphasis it has on listening to your heart. The bible states that mankind has the law of God written on their hearts.

“For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them. Rom 2:16

How the heart is the place of true belief not just the mind.

“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes resulting in righteousness.” Rom 10:9+10

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” Eph 1:18

The importance of what you say or do in your heart, as it reflects the real you.

“If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’” Deut 7:17

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Mt 5:28

Mk 11:23 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.”

This is why we are told to guard our heart with right thinking and acting.

Ephesians 6:14 “Put on the breastplate of righteousness.”


How true forgiveness comes from the heart

Mt 18:35 “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

Good advice comes in James 4:8

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

1. Introduction.
2. God's nature as creator and communicator.
3. The role of the Bible.
4. Turn aside when you notice something.
5. Be careful what you worship.
6. The Holy Spirit quickens things.
7. Hide and seek using parables.
8. Ask the Holy Spirit.
9. The inner room is where we meet with God.
10. The importance of peace and stillness.
11. Don't hurry God will speak.
12. Waiting and longing takes us higher to a place where God acts.
13. What price do we have to pay?
14. Holding a word for a time and part of the whole picture.
15. How do we know it's from God/Act in faith?
16. Jesus is open to persuasion!
17. The Language God uses to communicate.
18. God communicates through our sensory organs.
19. God communicates primarily to the heart.
20. God offends our mind to change our heart.
21. Listening depends on your heart attitude.
22. Circumcision is the cure to a hard heart!
23. Listen to your heart
24. Eyes.
25. Lift up your eyes.
26. Make sure your vision is clear.
27. Ears/hearing the voice of the Lord.
28. Reach for higher levels.
29. How God communicates - impressions.
30. Seeing with the eyes of your heart.
31. Visions.
32. Open visions.
33. Trances.
34. Signs.
35. Dreams.
36. Conclusion.
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