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Let’s not forget this, it’s impossible for any notable length of time to conceal the state of our hearts. It’s going to eventually come out… one way or another. Most of the time it’s hard to miss because it’s all over our face, as it talks about in this verse. There are other times when it’s less noticeable. If we know and fully understand how the heart limits us by the beliefs we choose, we will start to see words, actions, attitudes, and situations that line up with those beliefs. I love how Dr. Jim Richards puts it in his book Wired for Success, Programmed for Failure, “Beliefs are like a thermostat. They monitor our life just like a thermostat monitors the temperature. Any change in our quality of life will be allowed up to a certain extent. But if we move too far from our core beliefs the heart sends signals to our brain, our body, and our environment to bring things back to the current setting! The invisible boundaries that we encounter over and over are not really “out there.” They are “in here”! Nothing will change to any sustainable degree until we learn to reset the thermostat—our heart’s beliefs.”
The first step to solving any problem is clearly defining it. Let’s identify and understand the beliefs of our heart that are limiting us, that are hurting us, that are preventing us from living out our God-given purposes. Then let’s start controlling the thermostat so we can make the permanent changes necessary to live, lead, and love like we are called to. Buy and read Wired for Success Programmed for Failure or Moving Your Invisible Boundaries (or both). You won’t regret it.