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For from within, [that is] out the heart of men, come base and malevolent thoughts and schemes, acts of sexual immorality, thefts, murders, adulteries,..All these evil things [schemes and desires] come from within and defile and dishonor the man.” (Mark 7:21-23, AMP)

Throughout the ages, the heart has been referred to as a source of virtue, love, and intelligence. Many ancient cultures, including the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Babylonians, and Greeks assert that the heart is the primary organ responsible for influencing and directing emotions and decision-making. Similar perspectives are found in many religions.

Even with these traditions and plentiful metaphors such as "I love you with all my heart", most of us have been taught that the heart is just a muscle that pumps blood and maintains circulation. Neuroscientists have discovered exciting information about the heart, however, that reveals it is far more complex. Scientists have found that the heart has its own independent nervous system–a complex system referred to as "the brain in the heart." There are at least forty thousand neurons (nerve cells) in the heart–as many as are found in various sub-cortical centers of the brain.

The heart communicates with the brain and the rest of the body in three ways: Neurologically (through transmissions of nerve impulses); biochemically (through hormones and neurotransmitters); and biophysically (through pressure waves). Growing scientific evidence suggests that the heart may communicate with the brain and body in a fourth way–energetically (through electromagnetic field interactions). Through these communication systems, the heart has significant influence on the function of the brain, continually sending the brain extensive emotional and intuitive signals.

This scientific data makes it clear why Satan’s objective is to attack at the very center of your existence--your innermost being--your heart and mind. In explaining the source from which man is defiled and where sin is conceived, Jesus said:

For from within, (that is) out of the heart of man, come base and wicked thoughts: sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery, Coveting (a greedy desire to have more wealth), dangerous and destructive wickedness, deceit; unrestrained (indecent) conduct; an evil eye (envy), slander (evil speaking, malicious misrepresentation, abusiveness); pride – (that is) the sin of an uplifted heart against God and man; foolishness (folly, lack of sense, recklessness, thoughtlessness). All these evil (purposes and desires) come from within, and they make the man unclean and render him unhallowed. (Mark 7:21-23, AMP)

Your heart and mind are intricately related. Understanding the relationship between them is essential in order to war effectively on this major spiritual battlefield.


My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.


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