The heart was designed in such a way that only God can truly fathom it. If our very faith emits from our heart, our inner man, should we not study as much of what Scripture has to say about it as possible? Today, I want to share some verses with you of how the heart constitutes the real you. Many of these verses would be helpful to memorize. If you hide within your heart the truth of what it is capable of and to Whom it is responsible, then you will have a far greater chance at becoming a man or woman after God’s own heart.
- Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart… that I may discern between good and bad (I Kings 3:9). Because our heart determines our decisions, it is crucial that it be in tune with God.
- For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day (II Corinthians 4:16). The heart is our source of courage when it is filled by God’s strength.
- For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21). What we value most is what our heart is governed by.
- That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19). We should be seekers of God’s heart, that we may better understand and share His love.
- Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). Our entire life depends on how well we protect our heart from evil.
- But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man (Matthew 15:18). What is in our hearts is bound to make itself known whether in words or actions.
So, what will you do with the heart God has entrusted you with? Deciding what to do with the real you is the most important action you can take. Uproot the infectious tendrils of sin, and refresh your Christian life by filling your heart with what God intended to reside there-a love for Him.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.