Wednesday, May 15, 2019
17. Growing in Prayer – The Learning Tree – (1) The Understanding Heart
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers]
We talk often regarding knowledge of the mind and understanding of the heart. In long ago Blogs we have explained this thoroughly in the concept that we understand.
We of the Western world think of the heart as a physical organ that pumps our life-giving blood in our bodies. Not so in the Biblical sense. The ancient Hebrews understood the heart as a physical part of our bodies but far more they understood the heart is the very soul of a person. All things thought or done comes from the heart. The Heart is the Center of Hidden Emotional-Intellectual-Moral Activity. "Man looks at the outward appearance, " says Samuel, "but the Lord looks at the heart" ().
The heart's reasoning, as well as its feeling, depends on its moral condition. If we think bad or evil things our mouth speaks what is in our hearts (Mark 7:21; Matthew 12:34; Luke 6:45). For instances if one has unforgiveness in their heart, the mouth speaks it though the one speaking may not mention the thing that they do not have forgiveness. What folks do not realize the hatred, resentment, and revenge shows in an outwardly way.
Our emotional state of the heart affects us in the rest of our person. Proverbs 15:13 says it well. “A heart full of joy and goodness makes a cheerful face, but when a heart is full of sadness the spirit is crushed.” Proverbs 17:22 says “A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Our heart thinks (Matthew 9:4; Mark 2:8), it remembers, and meditates (Psalm 77:5-6; Luke 2:19). God made our hearts to understand, to discern and give us insight. An understanding heart cannot be separated from our morals. We intercede for those in our prayers to have eyes that see and ears to hear. What we see and hear we take into our heart unless we have the power of the Holy Spirit to reject what is wrong or evil in God’s sight. James 1:5 says to ask for wisdom in our circumstances and it will be given to us. James 1:6 says we must ask in faith without doubting.
To be in God’s Will our heart must be pure and clean (Psalms 51:10). We must have a heart that is receptive to God’s Word and His direction to live as we are purposed in our Mother’s womb. The Holy Spirit teaches us to discern, understand, the statutes and God’s guidance to live a life in Jesus.
Our mouth reveals what is in our heart, the ear determines what we receive in our heart. In Proverbs 2:2-6 says “So that your ear is attentive to [skillful and godly] wisdom and apply your heart to understanding . . . “. With the power of the Holy Spirit we have wisdom and with that wisdom we understand the knowledge of the glory God (Habakkuk 2:14). We cannot have a pure and clean heart without the power of the Holy Spirit to teach us an understanding heart.
God gave us the greatest commandment: “ (life), (thought, understanding), ’ (Mark 12:30) If we do this, we understand the fullness of God’s love for us.