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THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART
The condition of your heart in these last days is what you should be most concerned with. We need to understand that the Bible uses the term "heart" as a one-word terminology for the entire person.
We must also understand that Biblically, it includes the MIND, the EMOTIONS, the AFFECTIONS, and the WILL. To focus on the heart, then, means to focus on EVERY ASPECT of our being.
In 2 Chron. 16:0, it says, "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to shew himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him". And, in Prov. 4:23, it says "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." This includes what we think about, care about, and what we choose to do and where we choose to go. The choices we make helps to determine the condition of our heart.
Now, as we read these verses, we find the importance of the heart and our responsibility regarding it.
First of all, the condition of our heart dictates the conduct and quality of our life. Our heart is our wellspring of life--our ability or capacity to live comes from within, NOT from our circumstances.
In Matt. 12:33-35, Jesus likened our heart to a tree--saying a good tree puts forth good fruit, and a bad tree puts forth bad fruit. And, in Matt. 15:;18-19, He said . . . . "those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man." (Defile means to make filthy or corrupt) "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. Refer over to Luke 6:45--where Luke says that "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks".
One writer said that the heart is the warehouse, the hand and the tongue are the shops. (Very good summation, I would think)
What causes a Christian to not choose to go to church? HIS HEART!
What causes him to nurse resentment toward another? HIS HEART!
What causes him to have concern for the lost, or unsaved? HIS HEART!
What makes him think of prayer time or reading the Bible as drudgery
or the preaching boring and monotonous? HIS HEART!
What causes him to qouickly lay down spiritual duties and embrace the fleeting things of the world? HIS HEART!
God is concerned with our hearts--He doesn't care about the size of our churches or the furnishings or the depth of learning, or the quality of the music. It's the condition of our hearts He's concerned with. We get off focus as human beings and look at all these material things, that will not make one bit of difference insofar as our spiritual well-being, or a bit of difference in our spiritual lives or in the lives of others or in winning others to Christ. THAT is what we are supposed to be doing!!
God wants and needs hearts that are loyal to HIM. Hearts that live FOR Him, and are fully devoted and dedicated to Him and the things of His Kingdom.
Also, and ESPECIALLY, in our repentence, the Lord wants us to be wholehearted. In Jer. 19:13, God said, "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart".
Further, it is our RESPONSIBILITY to KEEP our heart---we have to KEEP our physical well-being, our families our finances, and reputations, but the greater of these "keepers" is the keeping of our heart.
What does that mean? That means to keep false doctrine from entering in and entrenching themselves in our minds to keep base or low desires from our emotions and evil choices from governing our wills.
We should always keep helpful things close to our hearts. Keeping the Word of God fresh in us is especially important. This is good for all the aforementioned, but especailly for our spiritual well-being.
God's eyes are constantly going to and fro and He watches and searches our hearts and minds. In Jer. 17:10, it reads: "I the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings".
Now, that verse there tells me that God WILL judge us--either punish us or reward us for what we do and don't do. That is why it is especially importaont to seek God daily, and stay in the Word, and study and learn so that we keep ourselvles as righteous and holy as we possibly can. Remember that it is WHAT WE DO with WHAT WE LEARN that counts to God.
God wants us to learn, but He wants us to APPLY what we learn to our lives daily. He doesn't care how many Scriptures we can quote or how many books we read. The devil and his demons can quote the Scriptures. They know the Bible from front to back. God is concerned with what we DO with what we LEARN and how our lives line up WITH the Word.
God doesn't care what kind of building we're in, or where it is, or how it is furnished--He just wants us all to line up with the Word and live accordingly.
You know, there are FOLLOWERS and there are DISCIPLES--
A FOLLOWER is one who follows a leader and just goes along
A DISCIPLE teaches others what his/her leader has taught him/her
Jesus had both--we have both--it's like that in all churches--we were sent here to make Disciples of some--God can't move on His people and send them into a building where there is a group of people who cannot handle ALL that God NEEDS for them to do. That is why some people have to be DISCIPLED, and then become DISCIPLES. God has to have someone He can trust--HE needs mature, devoted Christians who not only know the Word, but are living overcoming Christian lives.
There is more , , , , so much more , , , ,but a lot of you need to read this and re-read this until you understand that ALL that you do for God HAS to come from the heart. It is the condition of our hearts that will decide whether we make it into heaven. We must ask Jesus into our hearts to be the Lord of our lives, and to walk WITH Him and to serve HIM with ALL OUR HEART!!! Then, and only then can we be renewed by the 'transforming of our mind' that Paul talks about in the Book of Romans.
Look up these Scriptures, and study this out for yourself, and know that you know your heart is right before the Lord. These, we believe, are the last days, and time is getting so short . . . don't get left out , , , , , and more than that, DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND!!!!!
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