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Everything Resolves In Our Heart

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Our heart is the fulcrum point of our lives.

Our heart is the doorway to our spirit. It is the garden of our soul. From our heart flow the springs of life. God puts a new heart and a new spirit within us.

We were in Italy this past year, where I was captured by a statue of Mother Mary with swords piercing her heart. I though, ‘How superstitious.’ But as I pondered the meaning of it, I’ve come to realize it’s the wounding of life that breaks our hearts open to God. We are designed this way. Whatever breaks open our hard heart, it’s so that God can give us a new one. I also see the Catholic images of the Sacred Heart and the Heart burning with holy fire. They hold layers of meaning but one thing is clear,

Our heart determines where we dwell.

It’s the focus of our heart that determines what we see. It’s why Paul prays that God would open the eyes of our heart.

All the input, all the voices of our soul and spirit, and body resolve in our heart. Our heart determines where we dwell.

So What About Our Soul?

Most Spiritual teachers tend to lump our soul and our spirit together. The distinction, however, is critical to our nurturing the unfolding revelation of God in our lives. Again, the distinction is critical less we ask our soul to do what only our spirit can do. If we ask our soul to be spiritual, it will break into a labyrinth of a thousand voices trying to be spiritual. As God is Spirit, only our spirit can have fellowship with God. Our soul may sing, but our spirit communes.

Our soul works out what our spirit experiences.

Our soul deepens what our spirit experiences. It magnifies, nurtures, and puts flesh on it. Our soul is a wonderful servant but a terrible taskmaster. Our soul is designed to follow our spirit’s lead.  As such, it searches and works to implement what our spirit sees. As our spirit leads, we are drawn into living an abundant life, but where our soul leads we are driven into a life of scarcity. Our soul tends to choose between things, while our spirit synergies wholeness. So what we focus on, or the director is our heart. Our heart is the fulcrum point that determines our focus.

So whether it’s input or output,

Everything Resolves In Our Heart 

Restoration is the growth process of learning to live out of our spirit and integrating this transformation body, soul, and spirit. Our body becomes more and more of the temple of God, we grow more and more with the mind of Christ, and the character of God, as we dwell in Jesus, we become his presence, his hands to heal, his eyes to see, his ears to hear, his tongue to speak, all the while integrating into the one body of Christ, in the oneness of the eternal love of God made manifest and drawing all people into the arms of God’s love and healing forgiveness, to love, belonging and home.

Our heart leads us home.

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  • Amen! It all starts with the heart. I love the way you’ve distinguished between soul and spirit. I especially love these words:

    “As our spirit leads, we are drawn into living an abundant life, but where our soul leads we are driven into a life of scarcity. Our soul tends to choose between things, while our spirit synergies wholeness.”

    I’ve found it helps to remember that ‘soul’ usually describes our natural personality and character as defined by our mind, will and emotions. The spirit is a birth gift from God that becomes enlivened when we invite God in and awaken to Holy Spirit’s presence. I think some say that we are spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body.

    However we frame it, we cannot deny the influence of our soul and the daily challenge of living a Spirit-led life. Thanks for the blessing of this beautiful post, Bob!

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