I am thrilled to introduce you to today’s guest blogger, Vicki Lockman, my other ministry partner from Point Man days back in the late 80s and early 90s. First and foremost, she is a Jesus lover and wife of Ray, mother of four grown children, and Nana to seven grandchildren. She was the Homefront Coordinator for Point Man International during the ministry’s early years and has worked extensively in women’s ministry in the local church. She has served The Lord in the travel industry since the late ‘80s sending Gods servants all over the world. She works with Carlson’s Vacationshop in Monroe, WA.
UNRESOLVED CONFLICTS OF THE HEART
I believe that the word of God is a healing tool like no other. It will examine us then it will direct us, and finally it will heal us. Therefore I have used many scriptures to challenge us to victory.
One of the most dangerous things we can do to ourselves is to ignore the conflicts of the past that we have held on to, refused to let go of, or just can’t seem to get over.
Heart problems are often signals that the condition of our very own heart needs immediate attention.
The Lord God is most concerned about this heart condition and has given us many of His words to bring a light to a problem of the heart.
Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will remove from you a heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. “
1 Chronicles 28:29 “For the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.”
2 Corinthian 13:5 “Examine yourself to see whether you are of the faith, test yourselves.”
A HEART CHECK UP
1. A CLEAN HEART
The condition of our hearts is very important. The Lord will, at times, test our hearts. He wants the best for us. He wants us to walk in freedom and peace and health. It will require us to be willing.
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
As we ask for help, the Lord is willing to clean our hearts. As we ask for His support, we need to be willing to allow Him to work in our hearts.
I Kings 8:38 & 39 “ When a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people, Being aware of the afflictions of their own hearts, and spreading out their hands toward the temple, then hear from heaven. Forgive and act; deal with every one according to all they do, since you know their hearts, for you alone know every human heart.”
2. STUMBLING BLOCKS OF THE HEART
Some of the greatest stumbling blocks in our hearts can be pride, envy, and competition. These all need to go.
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
- When we think to highly of ourselves to the point of treating others with disrespect.
- When we are filled with envy for the things we see others having.
- When we do nothing but compete with others.
We need a heart checkup. The Lord will provide one.
I Chronicles 29:17 “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent.”
WHEN WE ARE NOT WILLING, WE ARE RESISTANT. DO WE WANT RESISTANCE OR DO WE WANT GRACE?
Proverbs 3:34 “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
The Bible has a lot to say about the fruit of “envy “in one’s life. Once we identify it in our own selves, it’s something we should try to deal with quickly.
James 3:16: Where there is envy and strife, there is confusion and every evil work.”
Envy destroys ones contentment, when in reality, contentment should be our goal.
John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”
Proverbs 14:30 “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the body.”
Galatians 6: 14 “Each one should test their own actions, then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.”
I believe pride and envy is a problem for all of us at some point in our life walk. It seems to be one of those tests we get somewhere along the way. It’s not so much that it comes, it’s how we deal with it. Think about it. The opposite of a heart full of envy is a heart full of humility.
HUMBLE HUMBLE, HUMBLE
Humble – Webster’s definition – an adjective
Low in position or condition; not important or grand
Not proud; modest
Deeply or courteously respectful
WE CAN HUMBLE OURSELVES AS WELL.
Matthew 23:12 “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
James 5:16 “Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up in due time.”
Psalm 25:9 “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.”
I have had a personal life experience in this life lesson.
Not long after becoming a Christian I was asked to start “teaching” at conferences all over the United States. It was a time of recognition and personal satisfaction. I would teach at my local church and other churches as well. Seems like I always had much to say. I spent a season of being the head of a large Christian women’s ministry and also the head of the women’s ministry at my local church. I had a personal opinion that God must have felt He could trust me and wanted me to share all of the wisdom I was full of.
Suddenly, the Lord dried up all of the opportunities for speaking. After a few months I talked to God about what was going on. He let me know in my heart that a change was coming for me.
He asked if I would be willing to go home and be a baker of cookies and pies for others when they were needed, and not even as a business! I was to be a mom, wife and Nana… always on call and ready with a full cookie jar.
This was not very exciting to me at that time. Was I going to be willing to do this with a humble heart? I made a decision that I would be the best cookie maker I could be. Guess what, if I have a claim to fame in this life, it is my pies and cookies. They are much appreciated by the family members and friends that receive them.
I had to decide that maybe to God, He needed my cookies and pies more than He needed all my words of wisdom. I learned to lay down my big ideas and be satisfied with the Lord’s plan for me at that time.
Only He knew what was around the corner for me, and He needed to make sure my heart was ready to be healed from all my unresolved conflicts.