The Mines of King Solomon (part 19)

Today I want to talk to you about your heart. My heart? The last time I was at the check-up, it still struck. I can run, play tennis ... No, I'm not talking about the body organ in your chest that pumps blood, but the heart that appears in 90's book of Proverbs. Well, if you want to talk about the heart, do it, but I do not think it's that important - there must be something more important in Christian life that we can discuss. Why do not you tell me about God's blessings, His laws, obedience, prophecies, and ... Wait! Just as your physical heart is absolutely vital, so is your inner heart of vital importance. In fact, it is so important that God commands you to protect it. That has top priority. Above all, keep your heart (Spr 4,23, New Life). Well, we should take good care of it. Ah, now I understand what you want to tell me. I should not lose control of my moods and feelings. I know. I'm constantly working on my self-control and well, I rant now and then - especially in traffic - but otherwise, I think, I have it well under control. They have unfortunately not yet understood me. When Solomon wrote about our hearts, he was far more important than swear words or gutters tongue. It was about the influence of our hearts. Our hearts are referred to in the Bible as the source of our hatred and anger. Of course, that also affects me. In fact, there is much more to our hearts: our desires, our motives, our intentions, our preferences, our dreams, our aspirations, our hopes, our fears, our greed, our creativity, our desires, our envy - really all that we are , has its origin in our hearts. Just as our physical heart is at the center of our body, so is our spiritual heart the center and core of our whole being. Jesus Christ paid great attention to the heart. He said, For always your heart determines what you say. A good person speaks good words from a good heart and a bad person speaks bad words from a bad heart (Mt 12,34-35, New Life). Okay, so you want to tell me that my heart is like a source of a river. A river is wide and long and deep, but its source is a spring up in the mountains, is not it?

Leading the way for life

Right! Our normal heart has a direct impact on every single area of ​​our body, as it pumps blood through the arteries and also through the many miles of blood vessels and thereby maintains our vital functions. The inner heart, on the other hand, directs our way of life. Think of all the things you believe in, your deepest beliefs (Rom 10,9-10), the things that have changed your life - they all come from somewhere in the depths of your heart (Spr 20,5). In your heart ask yourself questions like: Why do I live? What's the meaning of my life? Why am I getting up in the morning? Why am I, who and what I am? Why am I different than my dog, do you understand what I want to say? Your heart makes you the person you are. Your heart, that's you. Your heart is authoritative for your very deep, true self. Yes, you can hide your heart and put on masks because you do not want others to know what you really think, but that does not change who we are in our deepest reason of our inner self. Now realize why our heart matters so much is? God tells you, and me and all of us, that everyone is responsible for keeping their hearts in mind. But why on my heart? The second part of Proverbs 4,23 gives the answer: because your heart affects your whole life (New Life). Or as it says in the Message Bible: Pay attention to your thoughts, because your thoughts determine your life (freely translated). So everything starts here? As a seed of a tree contains the whole tree and potentially a forest, so in my heart is my whole life contained? Yes it is. From our hearts unfolds our whole life. Who we are in our heart will show sooner or later in our behavior. How we behave has an invisible origin - usually long before we finally do it. Our acts are in fact the belated announcements of where we have been so long. Did you ever say: I do not know how that came about. And yet you did it. The truth is, you've been thinking about it for a long time and when you suddenly got the opportunity, you did it. The thoughts of today are the deeds and the consequences of tomorrow. What is still jealous today will be a tantrum tomorrow. What is today zealous zeal turns into a hate crime tomorrow. What is anger today is abuse tomorrow. What is desired today is tomorrow's break. What greed today is embezzlement tomorrow. What is to blame today is tomorrow's anxiety.

1Proverbs 4,23 teaches us that our behavior comes from within us, from a hidden source, our heart. That is the driving force behind all our actions and words; As he thinks in his heart, so is he (Spr 23,7, Translated from the Amplified Bible). What comes from our heart is reflected in our interrelationship with everything concerning our environment. It reminds me of an iceberg. Yes, exactly because our behavior is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, it arises in the invisible part of ourselves. And the huge part of the iceberg, which is below the surface of the water, is the sum of all our years - even since our conception. I have not mentioned one important thing yet. Jesus lives in our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Eph 3,17). God is constantly working in our hearts to accept the figure of Jesus Christ. But over the years, we've done our heart a lot of damage and every day we've been bombarded with thoughts. That's why it costs a lot of time. It is a slow process of being dressed in the figure of Jesus.

Get involved

So I leave it to God and he will fix everything? It does not work that way again. God is actively at your side and asks you to do your part. And how should I do that? What is my share? How should I pay attention to my heart? Even at the beginning it is necessary to control one's behavior. For example, if you notice how you behave un-christianly toward someone, you should press the pause button and consider who you are in Jesus Christ and claim His grace.

2As a father and grandfather, I have learned - and it usually works very well - to calm a screaming baby by focusing his attention on something else. This works almost always immediately. (This is like buttoning a shirt, your heart determines which button first comes in which buttonhole, our behavior then just continues until the end, if the first button is set incorrectly, everything hangs!) I think the explanation is good ! But it is difficult. As often as I try and clench my teeth to be like Jesus; I do not succeed. It's not about trial and hard work. It's about the real life of Jesus Christ, which shows through us. The Holy Spirit stands ready to help us control our bad thoughts and weed them out when they try to get into our hearts. If a wrong thought occurs, keep the door locked so that it can not enter. You are not helpless at the mercy of your thoughts floating in your head. With these weapons we conquer the reluctant thoughts and teach them to obey Christ (2, Kor 10,5 NL).

Do not leave the door unguarded. You have everything you need to lead a godly life - you have the equipment that enables you to capture the thoughts that are not in your heart (2, Petr 1,3-4). I also encourage you to make Ephesians 3,16 your personal life prayer. In him, Paul asks that God give you from his great wealth the strength to become strong inwardly through his spirit. Grow through the constant assurance and realization of your father's love and care in every area of ​​your life. Take care of your heart. Guard it. Protect it. Be careful of your thoughts. Are you saying that I have the responsibility? They have you and they can take over too.

by Gordon Green

1Max Lucado. A love worth giving. Page 88.

2Grace is not just about undeserved favor; she is divine empowerment for daily life (2, Kor 12,9).

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