As I reflect on what would be the first Blog post of many on our new and improved website I was led to consider the condition of the heart., which is important to know because it affects what we do and why we do them.
The heart represents the primary life source of our physical bodies but also a gateway into our core belief systems.
We process through our heart and minds and make a lot of life changing decisions through the centre of what we accept as truth. Our heart sets the beat on how we even react to any given situation the heart plans, makes commitments, and decides and the bible has a good definition of secrets of our hearts in Luke 6:45 ...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.(NJKV)
Where the heart may be inaccessible to man God clearly sees our hearts and tests, examines it to verify the treasures we have and where we keep them. (proverbs 21:2)
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (NKJV)
As the mouth reveals what is the heart, the ear determines what goes into it. The father tells his son to "store up my commands within you"; he then adds: by "turning your ear to wisdom, and you will incline your heart to understanding" ( Prov 2:2 )-excerpt from biblestudytools.com
Our heart can be a very dangerous weapon if it is not renewed in line with the Fathers heart
(Jer 17:19/Mark 7:21) but equally we are urged to desire the things that will purify our hearts. When we adhere to wisdom and choose to want wisdom so will our hearts fully grasp the understanding we need to live out Gods commands with our hearts in agreement with God. Our hearts can become hardened when we lack understanding or when we store up the wrong treasures that lead us to wrong thinking Mark 6:52
Psm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, and renew a right spirit within me.
Its important to recognise through a broken heart what instruments or "glue" we choose to heal that damage. You see when we manually try and fix things we get it wrong.We suppress our feelings and sometimes harbour wrong thinking and thoughts that can manifest in un-forgiveness, bitterness and so much other seeds.
When these seeds are planted into our hearts our character gets adjusted we react and make decisions from a place of pain rather than from a healed restored place of a renewed and clean heart.
Psalms is filled with praise choruses but shows how the Lord is there for us when our heart has been broken.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Just as our physical hearts was designed to pump live giving blood around our bodies so can a damage heart circulate every part of you. As you reflect on where your heart is today we can choose to give our hearts daily to God by trusting in him.
Proverbs 3: 5 states Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
And ultimately when we choose to Love the Lord our God with all your heart he will guide us in the wisdom in all matters that govern our hearts and ALL its desires.
Art from the heart