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The Heart is Central
05/27/2014Posted by on
The human heart is the central focus of our being. God deals with us in our hearts.
What is the heart? John Eldredge, in Waking the Dead, concludes that your heart is “you.” My heart is “me.”
Now if we break this down just a bit we see that the heart God deals with has a rational component, we think, it has and emotional part, we feel, it has a volitional component, we make choices, and it has a desire part, we have surface and deep desires. Some of our deep desires were place in our hearts by God. That is the subject of another discussion.
I believe my heart has attitude! My heart does have attitude and I have had to deal with attitude on many occasions. Righting a wrong attitude makes all the other components of my heart work better together.
The Bible tells us the heart is central to our relationship with God and to what He is doing in our lives. The heart is the place where His transforming work occurs and where His power is applied.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5
“Man looks at the outward appearance, the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34
“Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” II Chronicles 16:9
“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21:2
God wants your whole heart. God wants to do His work in your whole heart. Give Him your whole heart and He will transform it into something you cannot believe. He promises to give you back your heart in a better condition. His purpose in us is give us new hearts. “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36: 26
God’s business is the business of transforming us into His likeness and to reflect His glory. As we yield our hearts to Him, He does His work–making us into new creatures to love, serve, honor and worship Him.
Let me know your thoughts.