THURSDAY 23RD APRIL 2020
WORD FOCUS: WHAT IS YOUR HEART
TEXT: Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh….”
The Greek word for heart is “Kardia”. This word is where we get the terms like cardiovascular and cardiac arrest. In order words ‘Kardia’ simply means the organ in your chest that pumps the blood through the body. However, in the Bible, the heart is many times used metaphorically as the essence of a person. It is the unseen, non-physical place that is either good or evil. The physical heart has valves that meter the flow of life-giving substances, Likewise, the spiritual heart regulates what we say when we speak instinctively without thinking. Of course, we can take time and ponder our thoughts and make a decision on what to say and we can say anything we want to say. However, when we speak instinctively without thought, those words come directly from the heart. That’s what Jesus was referring to when He said, “….for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).
While our calculated words can be chosen by the mind, our heart does not calculate. It simply pours out itself what it has inside. I have heard Christians say that the heart and the spirit are the same. While this could be true in some instances according to biblical doctrine; If the spirit and heart were the same, then a person’s mouth would never instinctively utter anything evil. Why? Because the spirit is without sin, cleansed and made righteous by the blood of Jesus, and is possessed by the Spirit of God, who is Light and in whom there is no darkness. If the spirit and the heart were the same, then a believer would never speak anything other than faith-filled words that align with the Word of God. I am yet to meet that Christian.
It is as though your heart is the place between your soul and your spirit and it is fed good or evil by the decisions made in the soul that allow words of faith from God or words of evil from the enemy through the gates of the mind. What you see and what you hear come into the realm of the soul. Thoughts taken captive and rejected are of no effect but sights and sounds that are pondered, nurtured and meditated upon seep into the heart and fill it. Then, in times of crisis, without thoughts, the heart pours out through the lips what is in it. That is why Apostle Paul admonished the believers in Ephesians to be continually filled, feeding their hearts and mind with the Word of God. What are you continually feeding on?
MEDITATION: Eph. 5:18b, 2 Cor. 10:4-5
ACTS 10:1-33/JOSHUA 7 & 8/JOB 24
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