Scripturally Based Answers For life's Questions
What does God want from us? Our service, our possessions, our time, our acts of ritualism? Not exactly, He will receive our service, our giving, our sacrifices etc., but ultimately, what He really wants is our heart.
There is a spiritual battle between God and His enemies, and a competition between the divine and people; they are all fighting for someone’s heart. God wants our heart, but so does Satan, the world, our family, our friends and many others.
When God looks at us, judges us, seeks to communicate with us, He is always focused on our heart. He examines our lives, our actions, our needs etc. through our heart. To Him, when the heart is not right, nothing can be right, but when the heart is right all other things can be valued properly.
Sometimes we think we cannot give God our heart, for them, we cannot give our heart to those we love, but the opposite is true. God is a giver, and He always gives back more than we give. I remember when I first gave God my heart, I thought I would not have a heart for anyone or anything after, but I had a bigger heart than before, but a pure heart. I was able to give my heart to those I loved in a much greater way than before, and so importantly have a heart for those in need of God.
There is a verse, Click-Psalm 15:2 that tells us a lot about the heart. The chapter, only five verses, but they speak about what it takes to dwell in the presence of God.
The last phrase in verse 2 is what I want to focus on, “And speaks truth in his heart.”
What does God mean, speaking the truth in our heart? The word “in” could also be use as, “to” in the original refers to both what we speak in our heart, and also to our heart. Not what our hearts says to us, but what we say to it. I often say, “Your heart will lie to you, but you should not lie to your heart.”
To understand this, we must understand the heart. What does God say about our natural hearts?
It is untrustworthy in the sense that it has no discernment. It does not discern between right and wrong, good and bad, spiritual and carnal etc. Often good people end up in relationships, covenants with bad people, why? They let their heart guide them, but the heart attaches itself, but does not discern.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Click-Jeremiah 17:9
We value the feelings and longings of our hearts, but God is not focused on that, but rather on our actually needs: salvation, restoration, redemption, forgiveness, healing, eternal life etc. We think it is important, because it is important to us, but our natural heart embraces, values evil as it does good, there is no honor of right and wrong in our heart. It is not worthy of grace, hope, but because God wants us, and the heart is where all importance comes to meet. He focuses on what matter. If He does not have our heart, He does not have us.
There is nothing within us that goes back and forth more than the heart, it is not dependable. God says, those who trust in it are fools.
To attaches itself to its surroundings. The heart cannot discern between right and wrong, good and evil, dive or finite etc. It cannot stand as its own judge. It is like a body of flesh without bones, no stability.
Many haves had their heart stolen because they did not protect it. The heart cannot protect itself; it has no defense against itself.
What must we do with our heart?
Our heart does not tell us its issues, it is deceptive and unknown, all it does is desire, long and attach itself to what it comes into contact with, but we must discern its way, so we can keep it from leading us into destruction.
The heart cannot defend itself; we must have an army of guards around it. This means we do not let our heart decide what we do, but we seek counsel, learn the truth, investigate what it wants to attach itself to.
Instead of letting it control us, we must take control of it.
God will not take our heart, but He will receive it when we present it to Him.
Read also Click-Ecclesiastes 7:1-7
When we do something, we must do it with all our heart, just not let the heart choose what we do. The heart is tremendously important, when there is no heart there is no value.
We often have this backward; we think where our heart is, there we must place our treasure. But it is the treasure that guides our heart, not the heart, the treasure. What we invest in is what we develop a heart for. If you want a heart for God, for good, for people, you must start by investing in them.
Many people refuse truth, but where do they refuse it? In their heart. They do not want to speak the truth to their heart. The only place we can refuse or reject truth is in the heart.
The truth about God is everywhere, in creation, in the heavens, in His Word, in our conscience, in the law, in time; the only place truth is rejected is in people’s hearts. It condemns them, their actions, their unbelief, their religion, so they lie to themselves; to their own hearts. The truth about creation is all around us, yet people tell their heart that evolution is true. They lie to their hearts, keeping the truth from dwelling there. The truth about corruption, about death, about sowing and reaping, about salvation is all around us. What do you tell your heart? Some say to themselves, “I am ok.” embracing that in their heart, but in reality, they need help.
Your heart will lie to you, but what will you tell your heart?
Your heart will lie to you, but you must not lie to it.
It is untrustworthy