The Heart - Daily Devotional
The heart is the most important organ in our body from a physical perspective. It supplies blood flow to the entire body. Heart stops working properly then your entire body will have issues. The same is true from a spiritual perspective. What’s in your heart and how your heart is working will impact how effective your spiritual life is and the Bible says so much about the heart. So today we are going to read a bit of what the Bible says about the heart so we can learn and apply to our lives.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10
When we sin it’s like a stain on our heart. It prevents us from having a quality relationship with God. David asked for God to give him a clean heart so that his fellowship with God could be restored. This was his main focus and we should strive to have nothing interrupt our fellowship with God.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. – Proverbs 4:23
Our heart dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. We are instructed to guard our heart here because Solomon knew that our heart has a great potential to keep us on the right track in life.
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11
By treasuring the principles of scriptures in our hearts we train ourselves to love Gods ways. When we can do this it also can deter us from continuing to live in sin.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
Saul was tall, handsome and impressive looking but God warned Samuel against judging by appearance. When people judge by outward appearance, they overlook quality individuals who don’t have the physical attributes that someone may be used to see. God looks at the heart and the character of a person. So this should be all of our focus.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. – Matthew 22:37
To love the Lord with all your heart means to love God passionately and emotionally. Are you excited when you spend time in the word? Does your heart skip a bear or get butterflies when you worship? Is there anything in your live that you love more than how your heart beats for God?
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4
This isn’t a blank cheque that you can cash in for anything you want. What this verse is saying is are you excited and have genuine joy when you are in Gods presence? And if you do, they the desires that are in your heart (which are in line for his will for your life) will be yours.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalms 139:23-24
We do not fully know ourselves so we need Gods help so that His Holy Spirit can reveal to us the issues in our lives that we need to work out. Once the Holy Spirit reveals issues to us, we can then repent and work on those issues in our lives.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” – Jeremiah 17:9-10
Our hearts have an inclination to sin. You don’t have to teach a toddler to lie when they do something wrong. They do it to protect themselves. God asks a rhetorical question because he knows the answer. God is the one who examines the mind and test the heart. He does this to us through His Word. It has the power to expose every hidden issue or wickedness in our hearts.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14
How would you live if you knew that every word you spoke and thought you had was examined by God? This is what David prayed here. As you begin each day, pray and ask God to guide how you think and what you say. His is already looking at what you think in your heart. So ask his help so that it’s the right things.
When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” – Matthew 15:10-11
What you have a impure heart it’s what you say that makes you unclean. We tent to justify our sinful words and actions by pointing to what others did but the circumstances does not cause us to sin. What’s in our heart does. What’s in our heard determines our reaction (what we say or do in any given situation.