Summary: Part of a three part series telling the role of the heart in conjunction with your spiritual growth.
My focus this evening will be the Heart.
It was once stated by an anonymous author that:
"Thy speech betrayeth thee." Speech is the index of the soul. Utterance is the open door through which the character is known. Words are the fruit of the lips, and by their fruits we know them.
Scripture: Book of Proverbs, 4th Chapter, Verse 23-27
Penned by that Great Author, King Solomon, The Father of Wisdom. Coming from the KJV
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. The amplified Bible reads "Above all guard your heart, for it affects everything you do."
Webster’s definition of the heart is that it is a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by it rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood.
The Hebrew and Greek meaning of heart is the feelings, the will, and even the intellect. It’s the center of everything.
The Latin meaning Kardia, which means heart, are the thoughts and feelings, which are the soul and also the mind.
Now you can begin to see the significance in this tri-unal series.
The heart is the inner self that thinks, feels and decides. Biblically speaking the word heart has a much broader meaning than it does to the modern mind. The heart is that which is central to a person. Nearly all the references to the heart in the bible refer to some aspect of Human personality.
In the Old Testament the word heart occurs 860 times. This fact alone indicates the importance of its role within the spiritual realm. The Bible reads out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
In Matthew the 15th chapter verses 18 and 19. Reads
"but those things which proceed out of the mouth comes forth from the heart and they defile the man.
For out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts, murderous, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, and blasphemes."
In the Bible all emotions are experienced by the heart: Love and hate, joy and sorrow, peace and bitterness, & courage and fear experience all emotions. The thinking processes are said to be carried out by the heart.
The heart may think,
" So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honor more than to myself?"
"Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given understanding to the heart? "
" But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:"
" Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;"
" When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;"
And speak to itself,
" If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?"