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Pumping Your Heart with Life

In this age of mental health awareness and eating healthier, the spiritual side of life is often neglected, 1 Timothy 4:8. You could be making strides with a new diet and exercise program, but are you pumping your heart with life? Jesus introduces this concept in John 10:10. Jesus speaks of an abundant life where lives are full of joy, reaching a mindset where you are pumping your heart with life.

I write to you, fathers, because you have come to know (recognize, be conscious of, and understand) Him Who [has existed] from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong and vigorous, and the Word of God is [always] abiding in you (in your hearts), and you have been victorious over the wicked one, 1 John 2:14.

The disciple whom Jesus loved wrote about abiding in the Word of God. Based upon his gospel, John compares Jesus to the Word, introducing the concept of the Trinity, John 1:1-5. When you combine John’s insights with Hebrews 4:12, the Bible is a source of life. Like the ending of the Sermon on the Mount, pumping your heart with life means putting Jesus’ teaching into practice, Matthew 7:24.

Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life, Proverbs 4:21-23.

One of the wisest human beings to walk the face of the earth compares a heart to the well spring of life. Jesus builds upon this concept in Luke 6:45 as mouths speak out of the overflow of the heart. Solomon wrote about the importance of guarding your heart so that it doesn’t become polluted by darkness, Matthew 6:19-21. Therefore, if you want to experience an abundant life in Christ, John 10:10, fill your heart with the words of the Bible, Joshua 1:8.

by Jay Mankus

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