Summary: God regards the state of your heart more than your deeds.
MATTERS OF THE HEART
2 Chr 25:1-2
What you feed your heart will ultimately determine who you become. Until you get it right in the heart nothing has happened to you yet. When the chips are down in your life, it is what you have in your heart that emerges and your life begins to give expression to. Everything about your life starts with the state of your heart and that is why the condition of your heart is very critical to God.
If you look at the beatitudes in Matt 5, you will realize that its main focus is the state of your heart. For the first time we are seeing God telling us that your blessedness was not determined by what you did but by the way you regarded situations. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Then the scriptures now tells us some things in verse 27 ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you that whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her in his heart. The truth is that God fully appreciate is that once the matter is settled in your heart, it is only a matter of time and it will manifest. Accordingly sin in the sight of God leaves the arena of the action and goes to the place of the thought and the state of the heart.
If you regard iniquity in your heart, the Lord will not answer your prayer. Ps 66:18. Ps 141:4 Incline not your heart to any evil thing, to practice evil works with men that work iniquity.
Ezekiel 36:22-38 is talking of the future restoration of the people of God. You will see that verse 26 specifically says a new heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and you shall keep my commandments and do them.
This means that one of the core operations of the Holy Spirit is to make the heart more amenable and responsive to the word of God. A man of God said something recently that success is not about skills but about having the heart to venture. If you get it right in the heart you can achieve great things in your life. It is all a matter of the heart. Too many of us assess people from the context of what we see at every point in time. The bible tells us to know no man after the flesh. 2 Cor 5:16. Do not be too much in a hurry to conclude about me. There is more about me that what you are seeing right now, so do not be in a hurry to judge me.
Rom 12:2 Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. This implies that change really starts in your life with your heart. Each time we see turbulence and confrontation in your life, the real target of the devil is your heart. Once he gets there, he is in full control of your life. The heart is where the crux of the matter is in your life.