I have been thinking about HEART a lot lately. Jeremiah states, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (17:9) Do you believe your heart is deceitful? Believing that statement (which is in scripture so therefore it is truth) shapes and affects our view of ourselves, our need for God, and our response to our sinful and deceitful heart.
Proverbs 4:23 tells us that you should “guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Why should we guard something that is deceitful? Do we want deceit to be the wellspring of our life? I think that is just the point! Our hearts on our own are deceitful. We sin and do not even recognize that we are sinning, or we do recognize it and do not care. Christ teaches us though that the heart is at the center of our entire relationship with him, and if our heart is not right it will corrupt other things. Therefore the heart is the wellspring of life and we need to have a heart that is turned toward God and obeying his commands.
Scripture makes it clear that if we see, hear, and understand that we will turn. If our heart has a foundation in God’s word and on God then we will be able to see, hear, and understand.
Isaiah 6:10 – Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
Matthew 13:15 – For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
John 12:40 – “He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.”
Acts 28:27 – For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
Do you want that foundation? In Matthew 9:22 tells the woman to take heart because her “faith has healed” her. Focus your faith not just on what God says in his word, but on him and who he is. He has a great desire to meet with you personally and to share his love with you. 1 Corinthians 2:9 – However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”