Healing the Heart and Life by Walking with Jesus Christ Daily

September 23 - October 28, 2003
Valley Vineyard - Reseda, CA

Dallas presented this 6-week series at his home church shortly after the publication of Renovation of the Heart.  He explains the progression from a life of brokenness to a life of discipleship in God's kingdom by showing us how we can pursue restoration of our souls. Each meeting is presented here in 2 parts, so there are 12 videos total.

Recorded September 23 - October 28, 2003 at Valley Vineyard Christian Church in Reseda, CA.

Resources

5: Out of the Furnace of Feeling. Escaping the Tyranny of Feeling, Passion and Emotion, part 1

Dallas invites us to reimagine discipleship, not as a passive acquisition of knowledge, but as a vibrant, experiential walk with God. He unravels the significance of humility, the pursuit of righteousness, and the transformative power of aligning our thoughts and emotions with the divine. Dallas calls us to examine our identities in Christ, embrace a life marked by joy and righteousness, and navigate the complexities of our feelings in a way that draws us closer to God. 

7: The Broken Body and its Social World. Healing the Family and its Wounds, part 1

Delving into the depths of grace, the essence of worship, and the critical role of our bodies and social relationships in redemption, Dallas masterfully unfolds the complexities of living a life intertwined with the divine. He confronts the struggle against sin, offering a path to profound internal change that prepares us to naturally do what is right. 

8: The Broken Body and its Social World. Healing the Family and its Wounds, part 2

Dallas unravels the complexities of human desires, the pitfalls of social interactions, and the transformative power of inner peace. He addresses the struggles of modern life—from the battles within our bodies to the dynamics of attack and withdrawal in social settings. This talk is a compelling call to embrace compassion, discipline, and love as pathways to true freedom and fulfillment, challenging listeners to rethink their spiritual practices and daily interactions.

9: Healing the Soul, part 1

Dallas launches into the profound mysteries of the soul, the transformative power of a surrendered will, and the essence of divine love at the heart of Kingdom living. He unveils how the intricate balance of mind, body, and spirit is crucial for our spiritual journey, emphasizing the role of practical disciplines in achieving harmony and wholeness. Dallas's insights challenge us to align our deepest desires with God's will, leading us toward a life of genuine love, purpose, and fulfillment. 

10: Healing the Soul, part 2

Dallas explores soul rest, the accessibility of the Kingdom of Heaven, and the transformative power of taking on Christ's yoke, revealing the beauty of the law as divine grace and the essence of sanctification as a relationship with the Divine. 

11: Living Wholeness of Life in the Kingdom and Power of God, part 1

Dallas examines the heart of spiritual growth, discipleship, and living in alignment with God's will. He focuses on the transformative power of choosing to follow Jesus closely, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and nurturing one's soul through deliberate engagement with Scripture. He urges his audience to reflect deeply on their commitment to discipleship, confront the fears that hinder spiritual growth, and adopt a life of holiness and righteousness. 

12: Living Wholeness of Life in the Kingdom and Power of God, part 2

Dallas sheds light on the disciplines of listening and not having the last word as well as the importance of surrendering outcomes to God's hands. This talk is an invitation to reevaluate our speech, our intentions, and our actions, urging us towards a vision of life where every word and every silence is an act of faith, and every moment an opportunity to glorify God and enrich the world around us. 

How Our Hearts and Lives are Broken and the Promise of Healing, part 1

Highlights:

  • Possibility of Inner Change: Dallas argues that genuine change and healing of human brokenness come from within, and such change is not merely possible but guaranteed with divine guidance. The act of changing oneself requires deliberate actions, not passive hope.2. 
  • Power of Love: He discusses the characteristics of love as described in 1 Corinthians 13, suggesting that embodying these traits—patience, kindness, absence of jealousy or arrogance—transforms individuals from the inside. He underscores that love is not a passive state but an active force capable of driving significant change in one's life.
  • Role of Self-Will in Brokenness: The talk delves into the concept of self-will as the root of human brokenness, proposing that the insistence on having one's way, regardless of the consequences to others, leads to a cycle of moral failure, discontent, and a lack of peace. 
  • Journey Towards Healing: Highlighting the necessity of discipleship and apprenticeship to Jesus, Dallas argues that true healing and overcoming of brokenness is a process that involves learning to be like Jesus. This process demands more than mere faith; it requires a commitment to change one's heart and actions.
  • Struggle with Feelings and the Will: Addressing the complexity of human emotions and the will, Dallas explores how feelings often act as a barrier to doing good. He explains that mastering one's feelings through spiritual discipline and guidance is essential for internal change and for aligning one's will with divine will.
  • God's Role in Overcoming Brokenness: Dallas reassures listeners of God's constant effort to reach out and heal human brokenness. He stresses that God's love is inclusive and unconditional, capable of transforming every individual, regardless of their past or present circumstances.

How Our Hearts and Lives Are Broken & the Promise of Healing, part 2

Highlights:

  • Unseen Value of Every Soul: Dallas begins by drawing an analogy between the instinctual human effort to find a lost child and God's perspective on humanity. He emphasizes that, like a child precious in the eyes of those searching, every human being holds infinite value in the eyes of God. 
  • The Call for Childlike Humility: Dallas touches upon the necessity of adopting a childlike stance to truly grasp and accept God's care and perspective. He suggests that regardless of our efforts to present ourselves as composed and invulnerable, we remain inherently dependent and vulnerable, likened to toddlers in God's care.
  • Nature of Eternal Life: In discussing eternal life, Dallas shifts focus from the concept of longevity to quality, specifically the quality of God's life. He elucidates that eternal life encompasses more than an unending timeline; it embodies the essence and character of divine life, offered to humanity. 
  • Journey of Inner Transformation: Dallas delves into the intricacies of human brokenness, illustrating how it permeates various aspects of the self, including the will, mind, feelings, body, social relations, and soul. He then articulates the transformative potential of surrendering to God's guidance, which initiates a process of healing and integration, leading to wholeness and harmony within the individual.
  • Practice of Presence and Meditation: Lastly, Dallas advocates for the meditative practice of engaging with the 23rd Psalm as a means of internal change. He encourages a thoughtful, prayerful approach to this Psalm, suggesting it as a daily exercise to nurture spiritual awareness and connectivity. This practice is presented not as a rigid discipline but as an enjoyable, enriching activity that deepens one's relationship with God and fosters inner peace and resilience.

Understanding the Will and the Mind, the Center of Brokenness and of Healing, part 1

Highlights:

  • Change through Meditation on Scripture: Dallas emphasizes the transformative power of engaging deeply with scripture, specifically mentioning experimentation with the 23rd Psalm. 
  • Healing of the Heart: The core of Dallas's message revolves around the healing of the heart, which he identifies as central to personal transformation. He proposes that by bringing the heart to God and allowing healing to flow from there, individuals can begin to change other aspects of themselves, particularly focusing on thoughts and feelings.
  • Role of Feelings in Addiction and Society: Dallas touches on how feelings, if left unchecked, can dominate one's life, leading to societal issues like addiction. He points out that the pervasive issue in many cultures is the concession to feelings as the ruling force in life, underlining the importance of managing emotions through managing thoughts first.
  • Interactive Relationship with Jesus for Wholeness: The talk emphasizes the theme of an interactive relationship with Jesus as the pathway to healing and wholeness. Dallas suggests that human brokenness stems from self-will and destructive tendencies, which can be healed by living in a day-to-day relationship with Jesus.
  • Trust in God as the Avenue to Healing: The essence of overcoming the broken human condition is to trust in God. Dallas reassures that one does not need to have all theological aspects figured out to trust in God, highlighting the simplicity and practicality of faith in Jesus as the foundation for a transformative relationship with God.

Understanding the Will and the Mind, the Center of Brokenness and of Healing, part 2

Highlights:

  • Power of Moment-by-Moment Submission to God: Dallas discusses the story of Frank Laubach, a missionary who chose to focus his mind on God every minute as a form of submission and constant interaction with the divine. This practice not only kept God in Laubach's consciousness but also transformed his life.
  • Transformation through Constant Remembrance: Laubach's experience illustrates how turning one's mind to God frequently can lead to a life where one feels "carried along" by a divine plan. This ongoing sense of cooperation with God in even the smallest aspects of life was a new and astonishing revelation for Laubach.
  • Choosing to Think of God: The First Step to Spiritual Freedom: Dallas emphasizes the importance of choosing what to focus our minds on, suggesting that even in restrictive circumstances, individuals have the freedom to direct their thoughts towards God. This choice represents the initial step toward spiritual freedom, illustrating how personal agency in thought can lead to a profound internal transformation, regardless of external conditions.
  • Role of Habit in Spiritual Growth: The talk highlights how habitual focus on God, rather than on worries or distractions, can maintain God's presence in our consciousness. Dallas suggests that just as habits of worry persist without conscious effort, the habit of turning our minds to God can be developed to foster a constant awareness of the divine.
  • Seeking a Mind Filled with God: Dallas challenges listeners to consider whether they truly desire a mind filled with God, pointing out that filling one's mind with divine thoughts requires letting go of other distractions. 

Out of the Furnace of Feeling. Escaping the Tyranny of Feeling, Passion and Emotion, part 1

Highlights:

  • Essence of Discipleship: Dallas emphasizes that real discipleship is not about acquiring knowledge in a traditional sense, but about a deeply personal journey of learning and experiencing God's truth and reality. He suggests that discipleship is about dedicating time and thought to understanding and living out the teachings of Jesus in a relaxed yet focused manner.
  • Power of Identity and Perspective: Dallas discusses the significance of understanding one's identity in Christ and the importance of perspective. He argues that what truly matters is the present moment and our service to Jesus, rather than our credentials or past achievements. This perspective encourages humility and equality among believers, reflecting Jesus' teachings on leadership and servitude.
  • The Journey of Righteousness and Joy: Dallas introduces the concept of leading a life filled with righteousness and joy as the essence of Jesus' message. He challenges the notion of suppressing our inner "beast" through sheer willpower and instead advocates for a transformation of identity that aligns with God's truth, facilitating a natural inclination towards goodness.
  • Role of Feelings in Spiritual Life: Dallas delves into the complex nature of feelings and their impact on our actions and spiritual life. He suggests that feelings can either propel us towards God and His goodness or entangle us in self-centeredness and sin. The talk highlights the importance of aligning our feelings with God's will, allowing them to guide us in a positive direction rather than being dominated by negative emotions.
  • Transforming Thoughts and Feelings: Dallas stresses the necessity of transforming our thoughts and feelings to lead a life in accordance with Jesus' teachings. He explains that simply avoiding sinful actions is not enough; true transformation requires a change in our internal inclinations and attitudes. By focusing our thoughts on what is noble, pure, and praiseworthy, we can cultivate feelings that incline us towards goodness and away from sin.

Out of the Furnace of Feeling. Escaping the Tyranny of Feeling, Passion and Emotion, part 2

Highlights:

  • Mastery of Feelings: Dallas emphasizes the importance of not allowing feelings and emotions to dictate actions, advocating for a life not led by the gratification of feelings but by decisions rooted in wisdom and spirituality. 
  • God is their Belly: Dallas uses the metaphor of "God is their belly" to describe individuals who live by satisfying their feelings, suggesting that such a lifestyle leads to a corrupted sense of self where feelings are mistakenly equated with identity. 
  • Serving What is Good: He insists that feelings should serve the good rather than define it, challenging the prevalent belief that desires determine moral goodness. Dallas argues for a standard of goodness that transcends personal desire, advocating for a life oriented towards divine teachings and the inherent goodness recognized in spiritual truth.
  • Ministry of Others and Spiritual Practices: Dallas highlights the importance of community support and spiritual disciplines such as fasting, solitude, and silence in mastering and transforming feelings. He suggests these practices help reorient desires away from self-gratification towards a deeper, spiritual fulfillment.
  • Contempt and Change: Dallas discusses the destructive nature of contempt, linking it to pride and a lack of love. He suggests that real change comes not from suppressing negative emotions but from an inner transformation that begins with serving others and embracing humility.

The Broken Body and its Social World. Healing the Family and its Wounds, part 1

Highlights:

  • Healing Power of Walking with Jesus: Dallas emphasizes the transformative journey of healing one's life by walking with Jesus Christ. He illustrates the importance of realizing and living in the reality of Christ's presence, which empowers individuals in everything they do. Dallas argues that living independently often leads to chaos, underscoring the necessity of experiencing life through the grace of God.
    Understanding Grace: Dallas offers a profound insight into the concept of grace, defining it not merely as unmerited favor but as God actively working in our lives. This distinction highlights the practical significance of grace, encouraging individuals to recognize and embrace God's active role in their transformation and daily living.
  • Essence of Worship: Highlighting the centrality of worship, Dallas explains how an attitude of worship enhances one's life, not hindering mundane tasks but rather improving overall performance. He suggests that keeping God present in our minds and hearts through worship leads to the internal transformation of love, joy, peace, hope, and faith.
  • Role of the Body and Social Relationships in Redemption: Dallas delves into the interconnectedness of the body and social relationships in the context of redemption. He emphasizes that the body is not merely a physical entity but a vessel for God's action, integral to our interactions and relationships. This perspective challenges individuals to view their bodies and social connections as central to their spiritual journey and redemption.
  • Struggle Against Sin and the Path to Transformation: Dallas distinguishes between sin and sins, pointing to the deeper issue of sin that resides within individuals as a readiness to do wrong. He illustrates this through the story of Peter's denial of Jesus, highlighting the automatic response driven by ingrained habits. Dallas concludes with a powerful message of hope, stating that true transformation involves an internal change that enables individuals to do what is right automatically.

The Broken Body and its Social World. Healing the Family and its Wounds, part 2

Highlights:

  • Inner Peace: Dallas emphasizes Jesus’s statement in John 14:30 as a profound testament to having no internal contradictions or vulnerabilities that the external world can exploit. This level of inner peace and integrity is presented as an aspirational goal, highlighting the difference between Jesus's wholeness and Peter's denial, driven by internal conflicts and societal pressures.
  • Challenge of Human Desires: Dallas delves into the complexities of human desires and temptations, particularly focusing on the struggles individuals face with sexuality and other bodily urges. He presents the body’s plasticity as a source of hope, suggesting that transformation and control over such desires are possible through spiritual growth and alignment with divine guidance.
  • Destructive Power of Gossip and Superiority: Highlighting the addictive nature of gossip, Dallas underscores the false sense of superiority and intimacy it brings. This segment illustrates the broader social and spiritual implications of engaging in behaviors that undermine others.
    Spiritual Mortification and Liberation: Dallas explores the concept of mortification, or the spiritual practice of dying to oneself, as essential for overcoming internal wrongs and achieving a state of liberation similar to Jesus’s. 
  • Compassion versus Attack and Withdrawal in Social Relations: Reflecting on social dynamics, Dallas identifies attack and withdrawal as two primary forms of sin in social interactions, advocating for compassion as the antidote. Through the parable of the Good Samaritan, he encourages an active, empathetic engagement with the world that transcends self-protective instincts and societal divisions, fostering a community of support and mutual understanding.
  • Role of the Body in Spiritual Transformation: Dallas discusses the significant, often underestimated, role of the body in spiritual life. He argues that recognizing the body's plasticity not only offers hope for overcoming ingrained habits but also underscores the importance of bodily health and discipline in facilitating spiritual growth. 
  • Power of Scripture and Meditation in Spiritual Formation: Dallas encourages deep engagement with Scripture, particularly advocating for meditation on 1 Corinthians 13, to foster spiritual growth and understanding. He suggests that the deliberate reflection on God's Word can transform the mind and heart, leading individuals to embody the qualities of love, patience, kindness, and humility in their daily lives. 

Healing the Soul, part 1

Highlights Session:

  • Healing of the Soul: Dallas explores the intricate and often misunderstood concept of the soul, emphasizing its essential role in our being. He describes the soul as the deepest part of us, beyond our conscious awareness, which interfaces with reality and God. For Dallas, the health of the soul is foundational to living a harmonious life where thoughts, feelings, and actions are in congruence.
  • Power of Surrendered Will: Central to Dallas's message is the notion of surrendering our will to God. He identifies the will, or the heart, as the "executive center of the self," where choices are made. A surrendered will is not about suppressing desires but aligning them under God's rule, which in turn brings the entirety of one's being—mind, body, and soul—into alignment with divine love.
  • Love as the Core of Kingdom Living: Dallas delves into the nature of love, distinguishing it from mere desire or feeling. He presents love as an act of the will directed towards the good of others, grounded in the transformative power of God's love for us. This divine love compels us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, redefining our entire existence.
  • Practical Spirituality and the Body's Role: Emphasizing the embodied nature of spiritual practices, Dallas underscores the importance of the body in our spiritual life. He advocates for physical expressions of spiritual disciplines, such as singing Psalms and engaging in acts of service, as ways to foster spiritual growth and bring the soul, mind, and body into a harmonious unity.
  • Restoration and Wholeness through Christ: Dallas presents the soul's restoration and the achievement of wholeness through a relationship with Christ. He speaks to the brokenness of the human condition—characterized by disunity and duplicity—and the healing that comes from aligning oneself with God's will. This alignment, Dallas argues, enables us to live out the commandments of love authentically and powerfully.

Healing the Soul, part 2

Highlights:

  • Soul's Restoration through Jesus' Apprenticeship: Dallas explains the process of healing and restoration that comes from following Jesus, emphasizing the transformative power of becoming His disciple. Through apprenticeship to Jesus, individuals learn to lay down their burdens and find rest for their souls, highlighting the spiritual rejuvenation that accompanies genuine discipleship.
  • The Kingdom of Heaven's Accessibility: Dallas underscores Jesus' message that the Kingdom of Heaven is near and accessible to those who trust in Him. This segment clarifies that repentance is less about self-condemnation and more about a radical change in how one perceives and thinks about their life in relation to God's kingdom.
  • Embracing the Yoke of Christ: Dallas delves into the metaphor of taking Jesus' yoke upon ourselves, explaining it as an invitation to join in His work and mission. This partnership with Christ is described as a lifelong journey of alignment with His teachings and actions, leading to a deep, restful confidence in God's presence and provision.
  • The Law as Grace: Dallas challenges common misconceptions about the law, presenting it as a form of grace that guides believers towards a harmonious life aligned with God's will. He celebrates the law's role in nurturing the soul and fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of God's active presence in the world.
  • Sanctification as Relationship: Dallas defines sanctification not as a status or an experience, but as an ongoing relationship with Christ that heals and integrates the broken parts of our soul. Through this continuous engagement with Jesus, believers are transformed, leading to a life of effortless abidance in God's love and purpose.

Living Wholeness of Life in the Kingdom and Power of God, part 1

Highlights:

  • Nature of True Change: Dallas challenges the common expectation of miraculous transformation, emphasizing that genuine character change requires personal choice and active participation in one's spiritual journey. He points out that even Jesus did not change people's characters through miracles but encouraged personal decision-making, illustrating the principle that deep, lasting change is a process of intentional choice and engagement with divine guidance.
  • Role of Discipleship: Dallas urges individuals to consciously choose discipleship. This commitment is portrayed as a transformational journey where one learns directly from Jesus, aspiring to embody His teachings and character. Identifying oneself as Jesus’s disciple is foundational to living out one's faith in practical, everyday contexts.
  • Understanding and Overcoming Fear: Reflecting on Peter's denial of Jesus, Dallas explores the underlying fear and lack of trust in God that leads to spiritual stumbling. He encourages a deep examination of one's beliefs about God and oneself, promoting a faith that faces and overcomes fears through a reassurance of God's sovereign care and presence.
  • Power of Holiness in Practice: Dallas emphasizes the transformative potential of living out one's salvation and deliverance, advocating for a life that reflects God's kingdom here on earth. Through practical holiness and righteousness, believers are called to shine as lights in a dark world, demonstrating the attainable nature of a life fully aligned with God's will and character.
  • Integrating Soul Care into Daily Life: Dallas underscores the vital importance of acknowledging the soul's reality and nurturing its growth through a structured engagement with God's word and law. He advocates for a deliberate approach to spiritual development that integrates scriptural truths into the fabric of daily life. 

Living Wholeness of Life in the Kingdom and Power of God, part 2

Highlights:

  • Power of Words: Dallas emphasizes the significance of controlling one's speech, citing the Apostle Paul's advice to let no unwholesome word come out but only what is good for edification. He highlights the transformative impact this can have on conversations and relationships, underscoring the need for wisdom and the discipline of silence.
  • Listening and Respect: Dallas discusses the challenges of being swift to listen, attributing difficulties to self-centeredness and a lack of respect for others. He points out how preconceived judgments about others can hinder our ability to genuinely listen and understand.
  • Abandoning Outcomes to God: Dallas touches on the theme of releasing control and outcomes into God's hands, which encourages a focus on edification and personal growth. He suggests that by trusting God with the results, individuals can engage more authentically in conversations and relationships, fostering a climate of wisdom and understanding.
  • Vision, Intention, and Means: Dallas outlines a formula for personal change that involves vision, intention, and means. He stresses the importance of having a clear vision of a life glorifying God, the intention to achieve it, and the understanding that the means to do so will present themselves.
  • Confidence in Praying and Speaking for Christ: Dallas reflects on the importance of confidence in praying and speaking for Christ in everyday life. He shares personal anecdotes to illustrate how developing a comfortable and natural approach to prayer and witnessing can profoundly impact one's faith journey and ability to connect with others.