Ponder A Little (Blog)
|Posted on March 5, 2019 at 9:35 AM|
The Bible makes it clear that the condition of our heart is very important to God.
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
1 Samuel 16:7 Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
There is nothing more important than who you are on the inside. The world teaches us that what we own, what we accomplish and the image we present is what is important. But God teaches us that none of that matters. God only looks at the heart. That’s where our life is.
Jesus gave some powerful teachings about the heart. He said that lust is the same as committing adultery and that hatred is the same as committing murder. Why? Because it is a matter of the heart. Sin always starts in the heart (Matt. 15:19) and God wants our hearts to be pure.
Our actions, attitudes, words and desires all originate in our heart and become who we are and how we live (Matthew 15:18,19)
So how do we guard our hearts? How do we keep our heart pure?
It certainly doesn’t come without some effort and struggle. Even though as believers, the Holy Spirit lives within us, we will at times fight with our sinful nature. Paul talks about this struggle in Romans 7.
There are 5 key tools that God provides to help us guard our hearts. But we need personal diligence and discipline to be truly effective.
• The power and ministry of the Holy Spirit living within us
• The power and truth of God’s Word in the Bible
• The power of humble confession of sin in prayer
• The trials we experience that test our faith and grow our character
• The ministry of other believers to each of us
Our character is found in our heart. Our true success in life is found in our heart. Our love for God and others is found in our heart. Never underestimate the importance of the condition of your heart!
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