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Monday, February 15, 2016
WHAT IS THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART?   (PART 1)

Blog from Elect Lady Patricia Baker

PROVERBS 4:23

The Word of God tells us in Proverbs 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”(KJV)

In the New International Version it states: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV) New International Version

The Amplified bible reads: “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”

The Common English Bible states: “More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it.”

The heart, defined in the Greek Dictionary as Kardia, is where we get our English word, cardio. It denotes a person’s center for both physical and emotional-intellectual, moral activities; and is sometimes it used figuratively for any inaccessible thing.

HEART, KARDIA, “The Heart, the chief organ of physical life (“for the life of the flesh is in the blood,” Lev 17:11), occupies the most important place in the human system.

By an easy transition, the word came to stand for man’s entire mental and moral activity, both the rational and the emotional elements. In other words the heart is used figuratively for the hidden springs of the personal life.

On the other hand, Scripture regards the heart as the sphere of Divine influence the heart, as lying deep within, contains the hidden man. 1st Pet. 3:4, the real man. It represent the true character but conceals it.”

The heart, in its moral significance in the OT, includes the emotions, the reason and the will.

The Heart as the Center of Hidden Emotional-intellectual-Moral Activity, “Man looks at the outward appearance,” says Samuel, “but the Lord looks at the heart” (1st Sam 16:7).

The king’s heart is unsearchable to humankind (Pro. 25:3), but the Lord searches all hearts to reward all according to their conduct (Jer. 17:10), in the time of judgment of God, will expose the hidden counsels of the heart (1st Cor 4:5)

Jesus says the heart’s secrets are betrayed by the mouth, even as a tree’s fruit discloses its nature (Matt 12:33-34). “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth,” says Solomon (Prov 16:23). Most important, the mouth confesses what the heart trusts (Rom 10:9: cr. Deut 30:14)

Why am I saying all this about the heart? The reason is, the heart, the mind, and the will governs our character and the direction we all take in life. Even how we talk, what we say is dictated from the heart. Luke 6:45 states, “A good man out 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 out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Basically what’s in you, comes forth from you. We can’t use Flip Wilson’s character, Geraldine, who frequently quoted this phrase when her behavior was very questionable, and devious..THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!!

I’ve come to recognize in my short life that nothing and no one can make me do wrong. I have my own will and I can make a choice to do good or evil. The Lord lets us know the status of everyone’s heart. He says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it?’(Jer 17:9)

The only one who can truly know our hearts is the one who knows all things. The Omniscient God, our savior, Jesus Christ. I’m grateful that he not only knows it, but he searches it, and even tries the reins, even to give every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings. Simply saying, We cannot hide from God, because he’s Omni-present and he knows everything. This is why it is imperative we keep our hearts and mind pure and clean. David told God to “create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.”