The book of Proverbs is full of verses about the heart. We will be looking into how the heart plays into how we live for God and its purposes and power. The heart is very important when it comes to God. Our heart is very important to God and others. The heart is more than the little beating things that pumps our blood throughout our bodies. There almost over a 1000 scriptures pertaining to the heart. It must be very important. Here we go.
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” PROVERBS 4:23 AMP
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23 GNT
“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NCV
“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Proverbs 4:23 MSG
Watch over your heart, Keep vigilant watch over your heart, Be careful how you think, Be careful what you think. Heart and think are grouped into the same meaning here.
Here it’s your heart and thoughts that we have to be careful to watch over.
When i was in the military we had mandatory watches. We had sentry or guards who would watch our planes, hangers, weapons, facility, every area pertaining to our base.
Why the words of intense caution to to watch and be careful for our heart and thoughts????
1. Everything begins with a thought. “Life consists of what a man is thinking about all day” Ralph Waldo Emerson
2. What we think determines who we are. Who we are determines what we do. “The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
3. Our thoughts determine our destiny. Our destiny determines our legacy. “You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” James Allen
4. We can change the way we think. “Whatever things are true.. noble.. just…pure…lovely… are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; THINK ON THESE THINGS.” PAUL THE APOSTLE
James Allen said, “Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results.”
One of the biggest reasons people are not happy, blessed and successful and achieving their dreams is that they desire to change their results without changing their THINKING.
THIS WORD HEART IN THE GREEK MEANS THE CORE OF OUR BEING. Feelings, will, and intellect. The word heart is a combination of heart, mind and soul. This word heart is speaking of all of them combined.
This area of our lives Our Heart flows the springs of life, our lives are shaped by this area of thinking, our thoughts run our lives, this is where life starts.
God has written in His Words all these powerful, amazing, incredible words and principles and rewards. He has given us promises but the key that unlocked the door is our faith and belief which becomes our thinking.
You can only access to the level of your thinking, which your faith and belief is wrapped in.
God says your the head and not the tail, your to be above and not below, yes that is His Word for you, but your thinking is what becomes your reality. Not what He said, but what you believe is what you receive and this becomes your life.
“Jesus said to him, “[You say to Me,] ‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes and trusts [in Me]!” Immediately the father of the boy cried out [with a desperate, piercing cry], saying, “I do believe; help [me overcome] my unbelief.”” MARK 9:23-24 AMP
The father is desperate, he realizes Jesus wants to heal his son, but the father is battling within himself. I want to believe, but my thoughts are telling me its hopeless. It is a battle within his heart. He wants so bad to believe but his thinking is not there. Hope and hopelessness.
Here is where most people fail to receive the things they are believing for. We want healing, help, provision, love, increase, relationships, on and on, we want but there is a disconnect.
Christians pray and they say I prayed and they get discouraged, angry at God, give up and settle for less than what they were believing for at first.
Jesus said ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE AND TRUST IN HIM. Believing and trusting all are supported by what you are thinking. What is going on inside of your heart.
“Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my heart and my mind.” PSALM 26:2 AMP
““Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’” MATTHEW 22:36-39 AMP
This is the greatest commandment by God. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Three parts here, heart, soul, and mind.
In this context the heart is that part of human that controls the desires, emotions, hopes, dreams, and other intangible parts of our being. This is the heart.
The mind here typically refers to the part of a human that controls the intellect, reasoning, and thoughts.
Your heart remember is desires and emotions, this is the feelings side. People always say FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT. Not always true. God gave us our desires and emotions and feelings and they are to help with directing and guiding and living our life here. A young girl follows here heart and runs away with a young man and then breaks her heart. If you did not have this part of us we could never know love and how it feels or hurt or any of the other emotions.
The mind remember that part that controls the intellect, reasoning, and thoughts.
Heart feels, mind thinks. Can you see how when you are afraid, your heart feels fear, worry or doubt, it tells the mind stop don’t step out of your boat. What you feel sends a message to the control center, hurt so the mind get the message and goes into protect mode.
Lets say you habitually think lack and negative thoughts, those thoughts send messages to your heart, your feel and emotions and you get mean, selfish, nasty.
The emotions and feelings and desires the heart and the intellect, reasoning, and thoughts the mind are what controls you.
You pray and read your Word, but the thoughts, you are thinking are sending signals back and forth from heart and mind.
Right here is where most people get stuck and stay stuck because they do not have the discipline to put the right mindsets in place.
We all have heart and mind control. Most people just let things happen with no choice of learning to grow in heart and mind.
There was a third part of this scripture. Heart, mind and soul.
Heart is remember that part that controls your desires, emotions, hopes and dreams, and the mind is that part that controls your intellect, reasoning, and thoughts.
Emotion people are allowing their feelings and emotions to run their lives.
Mind people are allowing their intellect, reasonings, and thinking to run their lives. This is where you see secular leaders. SECULAR,
Soul when you look it up in this context means, “SPIRIT, BREATH.” YOUR CONSCIENCE.
MOST PEOPLE UNFORTUNATELY DO LIFE IN HEART OR MIND OR BOTH. BOTH ARE GODS BEST. THEY ARE PART OF WHOLE HEART OR CONTROL CENTER. BUT MOST DONOT USE SOUL, SPIRIT, OR BREATH.
IF YOU ARE WILLING TO CHANGE YOUR THINKING, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR FEELINGS. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR FEELINGS, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR ACTIONS. AND CHANGING YOUR ACTIONS, CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
THE SECRET TO REAL LASTING SUCCESS, HAPPINESS, JOY, PROSPERITY, CONTENTMENT, ETC IS————-SOUL CONTROL.
To please God, be successful, happy, fulfilled, prosperous you can not just run your life thinking positive or super feelings.
We are not human beings we are spirits, Gods Spirit housed in a body temporarily. If you do research on this subject it is all over the place. My point is how to live the life God intended for us to live.
The heart God said to guard it. Protect it, do not just any old thing get in. Don’t let your fears control you. This is why we stress coming to church, because Faith grows when we hear the Word. Come into this environment of faith, hope and love and we grow. Learning and serving like Christ.
Proverbs 23:7 As you think in your heart so is he, so you are.