The First Love Heart- David Mitts
Yeshua was and is primarily interested in healing our hearts. The heart and its beliefs and affections rule our lives.
"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you." Pro 23:7 (NKJV)
Scientific research has confirmed what the Scriptures have declared for thousands of years, that the heart is a repository of thinking. We think, literally from our hearts.
The human heart has been scientifically proven to have memory independent of the brain. Due to its complex nervous system, it was termed the “little brain” by Dr. J Andrew Armour a world-renowned neuro-cardiologist in 1991.
It has been discovered that 90% of the nerve fibers in the heart-brain go from the heart to our head-brain. Literally, this means that our heart influences how our thinking happens. The Bible tells us:
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. (Pro 4:23)
The word translated “springs” in this version and “issues” in others, is the Hebrew word root, Toxaah which is translated as ‘exit’ or ‘boundary’ … the space between one place and the next. One way of looking at this is our heart defines the limits or boundaries of what we can do in life by the thoughts it has. These thoughts get transmitted to our cognitive mind and they define what we can conceive and thus achieve.
What are heart thoughts and how do they differ from brain thoughts? Well the heart is connected to the spirit. Yeshua, in describing what defiles us said:
"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.(Mat 15:19)
In other words, heart thoughts are more “identity” thoughts. They are revealing of who we are in our character. This is why we need to be born again in our hearts. It is an identity issue.
David, the king and psalmist of Israel, cried out when confronted after his disastrous affair with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah, by the nature of the thoughts of his heart:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.” (Psalms 51:10-12)
David knew that the issue was the thoughts of the heart. He also realized that it was an identity issue, one that results from our nature. He cried out to God to renew a steadfast spirit within him.
When we get born again, we get a new nature. The new nature possesses the ability to think to new heart thoughts and enter into the higher kingdom of God. This kingdom of infinite possibilities is invisible to the old nature.
Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."(John 3:3)
The seeing of the kingdom is the boundaries of our heart-mind. Things are possible to a believer that are impossible to an unbeliever.
"But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."" Mar 10:27 (NKJV)
What this takes however is an activation of the heart into believing. When we look at Mark 10:28-31
"Then Peter began to say to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You." So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first." Mar 10:28-31 (NKJV)
This scripture teaches us that leaving the belief, or rather unbelief of the world opens up the potential for the 100-fold return in this life and eternal life in the age to come. The final sentence about being first and last is an indicator that there is some sort of development involved.
What is involved? The establishment of the heart. When we look at the parable of the sower and the seed, we see four heart conditions. Look at Mark 4. We already went over this in depth but I want to fast forward to the fourth heart condition, the last one with the 100-fold return. This is the last one but through this you become first.
This heart condition is called good ground. What makes ground good ground? It has been worked, tilled. It has been watered. It has been fertilized. It is a heart that has been worked.
How do we then work the heart and establish it? Well if we look at heart research, we see that health in a heart is rated through something called HRV, heart rate variability. The medical description is the variance between heart beat rates in a given period of time. The more the heart varies the healthier it is. Another way of saying this is a responsible heart, one that ears to hear and responds, that is healthy.
Now there are many things we can respond to but there is one key that science has validated that the Bible teaches and we can access. That super key is thanksgiving.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you." Php 4:6-9 (NKJV)
It is through thanksgiving that our heart is established in faith and peace. This activates our brain centers and God’s thoughts become our thoughts and miracles happen!