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Heart Matters: An Introduction to Our Hearts

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by Mark Corbett, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Mark Corbett

    Mark Corbett Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States

    In His Word, God says a lot about the “inside” part of us. I’m talking about our thoughts, desires, beliefs, feelings, and motives. The Bible often calls this inner world our “heart”, but sometimes it uses words like “mind”, “thoughts”, “desires”, or “inner being”. Although a particular passage may be focusing on a certain aspect of our “heart”, to some extent these words are interchangeable. Just the word “heart” appears over 700 times in the Bible. This gives us a hint of how important our hearts are. Considering this, God has put it on my heart to write a series of posts on what God says about our hearts.

    I thought I would begin with an overview of some of the many truths we learn from the Bible about human hearts.

    While people are concerned with outward appearances, God is more concerned with our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7). God knows, probes, and judges everything that is in our hearts, including our secret thoughts (Psalm 7:9; Psalm 44:21). God will expose the motives of people’s hearts (1 Corinthians 4:5).

    Wicked people don’t think about God (Psalm 10:4) and tell themselves that God is not real (Psalm 14:1). People’s hearts become darkened when they don’t glorify God (Romans 1:21). Satan works to steal God’s Word from people’s hearts, to blind them to the truth, and to fill their hearts with evil (Luke 8:12, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Acts 5:3).

    People sometime poison (Acts 14:2) or trouble (Acts 15:24) the hearts of other people.

    God is working to recapture the hearts of people who have gone astray (Ezekiel 14:5). We are saved by believing in our hearts the good news about Jesus (Romans 10:9). When we are saved, He writes His law on hour hearts (Jeremiah 31:33). God pours His love into our hearts (Rom 5:5). God is in the process of transforming us by renewing our minds (Romans 12:2).

    A pure heart gives us access to God (Psalm 24:3-4) and hiding God’s Word in our hearts protects us from sin (Psalm 119:11). We should guard our hearts, because our actions come from our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). God wants us to seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13) and to love Him with all our heart (Matthew 22:37).

    God’s thoughts are far above our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9), yet in another sense we “have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).

    God wants us to be united in mind and thought (1 Corinthians 1:10). We are called to make every thought obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), to set our minds on things above (Colossians 3:1), and to think about good and pure things (Philippians 4:8).

    God’s peace guards our hearts (Phi 4:7) and His grace strengthens our hearts (Hebrews 13:9).

    God calls us to love one another deeply from our hearts (1 Peter 1:22). God uses us to encourage the hearts of others (Colossians 4:8). We can pray for the hearts of others (Ephesians 1:18)!

    With that last point in mind, I would like to close this post with a prayer for our hearts:

    Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us new hearts and for pouring your love into our hearts! O Lord, help us to set our hearts on you and to love you more than anything. Give us pure hearts and transform us from the inside out. Fill our thoughts with your truth. Fill our hearts with your praise. Please protect our hearts from the evil lies of the devil and the poison of this world. Strengthen and encourage our hearts. Help us to be united in our hearts and to love one another deeply. And Lord, please use us to encourage the hearts of others. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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  2. quietbloke

    quietbloke Brother in Christ Supporter

    United Kingdom
    ThankYou Mark for 'heart to heart' talk.
  3. Winken

    Winken Heimat Supporter

    United States
    Amen & Amen. So well presented, Mark.