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Infections Of The Heart

Infections of the Heart

Last week my feelings heart was injured and it hurt. As my wound began to fester and ooze, it became apparent that an infection was moving in.  Without antibiotics, it was sure to move through out my body, poisoning every cell.  My heart was infected.  My mind was infected.  It was spreading fast.

No one cares about you.

You’re worthless.

Why would anyone want to hang out with you?

Other people are more important than you.

As the contamination took over my thoughts and feelings, I let it.  I allowed it to run rampant, believing every horrible thought that came to mind.  I didn’t care if it was wrong, it felt like truth.  I gave the green light for bitterness to start taking hold.  It didn’t take long.  Just a few hours and it was creeping in.

A short time later, I had to drive to the store.  Alone with my thoughts and new found bitterness, God’s word spoke straight to my aching heart.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

But it hurts so much!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Am I struggling against evil?

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

I have not stood my ground against my own mind.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place

Truth…  I have not been speaking truth to myself.

and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Peace…  I have certainly not had peace today.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one

Extinguish the flames.  Stop the lies.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

My sword!  I am so thankful for memorizing scripture!

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Yes, pray.  Thank you Lord for the reminder.

As I prayed for healing of my wounded heart, God’s love poured over me like ointment and I was reminded of the TRUTH.

I am a child of God.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  I am wanted and I am loved by the most high God, even if sometimes I allow circumstances to make me feel otherwise.

Ephesians6:10-18


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14 Comments

  1. Just like your last post about labeling others, words can inflect wounds in us and sometimes we live with it all our lives and not realize that it is like a silent killer sort of speak, especially, when we overtime have accepted the words to be true. Sometimes it starts from a young age and when don’t know better of what is true or not and you just take it all in. It becomes a part of who you believe you are. I understand what you are saying and thanks for sharing God’s word as a source of guidance and comfort.
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  2. amen, sister. wear God’s armor and let Him be your Almighty defender when the going gets tough.
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  3. Mel, I cannot even begin to tell you how much this spoke to my heart tonight. I too went on a fast tailspin of icky feelings this weekend, and it sure does spread super fast. I have never paired this passage of scripture to these kinds of spiraling feelings and negative self talk, so thank you. As one who battles with this frequently, finding this post was a tremendous gift.

    • I hate those tail spins. They are so damaging. Hopefully as we learn to recognize them, we can stop them sooner each time! God bless and thank you for your kind words 🙂

  4. Mel- Thanks for your sweet comment. Keep fighting the good fight, we are more than conquers! Blessings!

  5. Melinda,
    Thank you so much for joining in our prayer for Joanne, and thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I don’t think it is by chance that we’ve come across one another. It’s a God thing. I can tell just by looking at your header that we have a lot in common. I am a survivor of sexual abuse and an alcoholic home, as well. I understand coming from “broken places,” all too well. I’m so thankful that my Jesus is my covering and that by His stripes I am healed. I am sorry if all the discussion this week has weighed heavy on your heart. But, you are on the right track -put on that armor girl! 😉 I have a few more verses for you that have helped me as well…..2 Corinthians 10:5
    Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. AND Philippians 4:8
    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. I was writing a lot about this last year. I hope you will visit more often and we can really get to know one another. I love meeting new people. ~Blessings Tiffany!

    • I believe that too and ironically, this is an old post from last year that I moved from my old site last weekend and decided to schedule it to repost. Yes, some of those things said on the site and others blogs were very hurtful. I’m still processing them. I think before we tell someone they are sinning, we better make sure our interpretation of scripture is correct and on one particular blog, I didn’t see that and it made me very sad. But I’m not going to focus on that. I will pray about it and God will hopefully work in that heart. I’m so glad to have found you too and I look forward to a growing friendship 🙂 ♥

  6. what an encouraging post, I too experienced this in the past, struggling with God’s love, seemed like it’s hard for me to accept His love, oh how i am grateful that He healed my broken heart, thank you for sharing this

  7. Thank you, Lord, for the armor you have given us – every single piece is so necessary in this world we live in…beautiful and encouraging post.
    Also, thanks for your kind comment.

  8. This is a beautiful post! It is such a perfect reminder of the value of memorizing scripture so that it is “written on our hearts.” What a wonderful example of how to use the Truth to win our daily battles.
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  9. You are precious in His sight. Praying the Holy Spirit will teach you God’s truth as you read His Word. You are forgiven. Our sins are as far away as the East is from the West. Thanks for visiting me and for your sweet comment.
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  10. I love to tell people “Put on the full armor of God… AND DON’T TAKE IT OFF!

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