Sunday, 13 November 2016 15:26

It's All About the Heart

Lately as I have been reading God’s Word, I have really been noticing how God is truly after our whole heart. As I’ve mentioned in other blogs God doesn’t want just a fraction of our heart, His desire is all or nothing. We are to give our lives over to Him. There is a dedication that Jesus asked for.

Over the years preachers have taught us to change the way we speak, act, think, etc. We have been told that if we learn to speak positively things will go better for us. If we act a certain way things will go over well for us. If we think properly we will accomplish great things with God’s help.

I’m definitely not against these teachings as I like to practice speaking, acting and thinking positively. I want to think the way God does. However, more often I’ve noticed that all these things boil down to just one major thing, our heart. That’s it. If you want to speak, act and think right you need to guard your heart. If your heart is right, everything else will line up nicely with God’s Word.

In Proverbs 4:23 the Bible says,

Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life.

We could say that if you do well at guarding your heart all other things in life will go well. Your heart is the principle thing. It doesn’t say keep your mind with all diligence, or your mouth. It goes straight to the heart. If your heart is right so everything else will be.

Let’s go to another verse. Look at what Jesus says.

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34b

Everything starts within the heart. If we have the Love of God in our heart, how will we speak hate? If we have kindness, how will we continue to be bitter? What about if we have been forgiven, how can we harbour feelings of unforgiveness toward others? It’s just not possible. Jesus says that what’s in our heart will come out. So once again, line your heart up with God’s Word.

This is why your heart is most important. If we can change the heart we can change the other things. It is automatic, with a new heart all things change. This is why God said He would give us a “new heart”. He has always been interested in our hearts. Once we give Him our hearts He will have the rest of us.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts false witnesses, blasphemies. These are the things which defile the man. Matthew 15:19, 20a 

All these sins begin in the heart. If these things aren’t in your heart you won’t do or say them. Our heart needs to be right above all else. If these evil things are in our heart we will act them out. So if we have good things in our hearts we will do well. In ourselves we can do nothing. We need to be connected to the vine (John 15).

This is what God has been showing me these days. Get your heart right. Allow the Presence of Jesus to change our hearts. If we want to live a life free of sin, we need to allow God to deal with the issues of our hearts. If we harbour guilt and shame in our hearts they will grow into other evil things. If we decide to be quick to forgive and allow God’s light to shine upon our hearts we will do what He’s called us to do.

You see, Jesus doesn’t need you to work harder, be busier or do things differently. What Jesus needs is your whole heart. Once He has that He can do everything else that He needs to do in you. Your words will be words of life. It truly all boils down to a pure heart.

Let Jesus purify our hearts. Learn to live in His Presence. Allow Him to have full Lordship over your life. I know these are not words many want to hear these days, but this is what Jesus wants. He is asking you today for your whole heart. Are you willing to give it to Him?

 

Steven Stoffelsen

Founder of House of Refuge Street Ministries

 

His book entitled, “Trusting God’s Timing” won a publishing contest and soon will be released by Word Alive Press.

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