THE WHOLE-HEARTED LEADER
PILLAR 3: WHOLENESS OF HEART
What Scripture Says about Wholeness of Heart
As the Kingdom of God advances, we need leaders in the body of Christ who are healed up, grown-up, and maturely loving those around them. In this third pillar of becoming a whole-hearted leader, we will learn how to heal and mature into wholeness of heart.
In this pillar, I will share concepts from HeartSync, an inner healing prayer ministry model founded by Father Andrew Miller. These concepts help us discover the three parts of our heart and synchronize them with God and each other, so they are working in unison. When that happens, we become whole-hearted – our soul is surrendered to our spirit, and our spirit is one with the Holy Spirit.
Why do I need wholeness of heart?
We want to have a whole heart that is healed, able to completely function, so we are able to be productive. We want to be emotionally sound, and able to be vulnerable and connected, yet not overly emotional or ruled by emotions.
We do need to guard our heart, for “out of it flows the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23), but we don’t need to have a wall. We don’t need to harden our hearts.
So, what will it take to have a whole heart? What are all the different parts of our hearts? What does it look like when our heart is completely synchronized as one, and our soul is surrendered to our spirit-man, where we can truly be our best version of us? I call that the “original self”—the best version of who we are!
I want to explore with you some Scriptures about what it means to have wholeness of heart.
What is an undivided heart?
Psalm 86:11 – “Teach me Your way, Lord, that I may rely on Your faithfulness. Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.”
Ezekiel 11:19 – “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them, and I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”
Many people live with a divided heart. Doing so means we are double-minded – the parts of our heart are not working in unity with one another and they are not working in unity with the Holy Spirit. We want to have an undivided heart or a whole heart before God.
What happens when I’m double-minded?
James 1:8: “A double-minded person is unstable in all that they do.”
When we do not have wholeness of heart, when we are double-minded, the parts of our heart are out of tune with each other, because they are not in sync with the Holy Spirit. This causes us to be unstable – emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. We have no peace, we feel powerless and hopeless, and we fail to experience the abundance of life that God means us to have.
James 4:8 – “Come near to God, and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinner, purify your heart, those of you who are double-minded.”
The “cure” to double-mindedness is drawing near to God – connecting with the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to purify our hearts and bring the parts of our heart in sync with each other as they are in sync with Him.
How do I open my spiritual senses?
Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.”
One of the things that we have discovered as we are becoming more and more whole-hearted, is it opens up your spiritual senses. You’re able to hear God, see God, and commune with Him differently, the more whole-hearted you become. As we purify our hearts from being double-minded and move in unity with the Holy Spirit, we’re able to activate our spiritual senses more. The pure in heart will see God.
How does my heart affect my words?
Matthew 15:18 – “The things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart.”
What you say flows from what is in your heart. If your heart isn’t right, that’s going to be evident in your words. Our words are symptoms of what’s going on in our heart. When our heart is fractured and we’re out of sync with the Spirit, the “fruit” of our mouths is going to reflect that. When we have wholeness of heart and are walking in step with the Spirit, good fruit will come from our mouths.
What does a whole heart do?
Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your soul, your mind and your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Notice it says love God with all your heart. Not part of your heart, but all. Only when we are whole-hearted will we be able to really love God and love others with our whole heart. If our hearts are divided, our love be divided.
Can my heart think?
Genesis 6:5-6 “The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.”
I want you to catch that verse about the “inclination of the thoughts of the heart” – your heart can think – your heart has thoughts. You see, the heart is not just your emotions, your heart is the essence of who you are. We are three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Your soul is made up of your mind, your will, and your emotions.
The thoughts that you think – you do have control over. The Word says “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) We can and we should take every thought captive. We have the mind of Christ.
Being able to pay attention to our mind – our thought-life – and the way that we view things, as well as to our emotions, and looking at our human will – that’s our soul.
We need wholeness of heart so that we may “be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
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