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Contemplatio:Treat Heart Problems

2015-08-19 04.33.37 pmThe post below is fifth in a series of five posts on the topic, ‘How to Keep Your Heart Healthy.’ Written by Jeff Slaughter, Founder/Director of European Worship Institute.

The Worship Leader’s Heart: How To Keep It Healthy
Proverbs 4:23 says, ”Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it comes the issues of life.”
Everything starts with the heart: our words, our attitudes, and our actions. If our heart is hurt, unrepentant or sinful, then it will negatively affect what we say, what we think and what we do. So how do we keep our hearts healthy so that our words, attitudes and actions are life-giving, affirming and productive?

Healthy Heart Tip #5: Treat Heart Problems!
Practical: Back to the car analogy we discussed in the previous blog post. If you find a problem with your car but don’t fix it, it’s only a matter of time before you have trouble. Same thing with your physical heart. If the doc tells you that you need surgery, medicine or a procedure to fix a problem and you don’t do it, it’s a matter of time before your problem gets bigger.

Spiritual: It’s the same with our spiritual hearts.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

If you or someone else has identified a problem, fix it. Get help. Talk with your Pastor or friend, get accountable, get counseling if you need it. Change what needs to be changed before it’s too late.

Close: Everything starts with the heart: our words, our attitudes, our actions.

And ultimately, it’s not about us, but about Him. So our prayer should be as in John: He must increase but I must decrease. As our hearts become more like Him, they become less like us.

‘Contemplatio’ is our weekly worship devotional column. Inspired by the Latin word ‘Contemplatio’, which means means to ‘look at, gaze at or be aware of’; each week, we post a ‘Contemplatio’ designed to teach, inform or draw attention to a topic. Most posts are written by Jeff Slaughter, founder and director of the European Worship Institute, and members of the EWI teaching team. Ideas for guest posts are welcome and may be submitted to Jeff at: [email protected]

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