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9/3 Only God can see our Heart and help us to Hear from Him

A.  God wants to help us understand our Heart.

As we have seen, the Bible has a lot to say about the heart.  Around seven hundred and sixty-five verses many of them occurring in the Psalms were written by David, who was described as man after God’s own heart. David understood the significance of his heart and we also need to gain that same appreciation of our heart, especially the important role it plays in the board room.

1. The heart is not particularly moral or ‘Christian’.

The Heart has its own ways of thinking and handling the pains and pleasures of life, Heb. 4:12.  The Heart has its own ways of thinking and handling the pains and pleasures of life, Hebrews 4:12.  It has its own ‘logic’ when dealing with life, usually different from the logic the brain uses.

Often we cannot ‘understand’ the human heart, because we are ‘blinded’ to what is in there by our sinful nature.  The Heart ‘hides’ from the conscious self some of our motivations.   That is why we need our Creator’s help to see what is in the Heart.

God searches the heart and one day we will be judged according to what He finds in our heart, Jeremiah 17:10, 23-24, Psalms 94:11, 15:26, Proverbs 6:18, Matthew 9:4, 15:19, Romans 8:27.

2.  We need to use the Right ‘Tools’ to fix the parts of our personality.

If we try to judge spiritual things by only logic, we will fail to understand spiritual things from God’s perspective.

To fix or heal any part of the personality, we need to correct the defect using the rules that govern that area.  For example, we cannot ‘fix’ emotional issues by just praying about them.  We need to express our emotions in a healthy way.

If we don’t use the right rules for the right human aspect, we will be as effective as playing basketball by soccer rules.  Obviously we all need to learn the rules governing the heart, spirit, emotions and logic and then apply them effectively.

B.  Ways we can deal with our Heart

There are basically only three ways we can deal with what is in our Heart:

1.  We manifest, or act out what is in our heart.

The media of the World is constantly bombarding us with the message: “Do what your heart wants”.  This is the message of lawlessness, or disobedience, that Paul warned us about, 2 Thessalonians 2:7.

“If it feels good, do it” is ultimately Satan’s golden rule, because it leads to long-term pain, such as drugs or HIV.  The way the World wants us to deal with our hearts is “Just do it” because the message Jesus came to bring is foolishness to them, 1 Corinthians 1:18.

2.  We can repress or disregard what is in our Heart

The other way people try and deal with their Heart issues is to cover them up.  In order to look OK to people we want to please, we have to put on a mask and cover up our real intentions.  Jesus noticed this tendency particularly in the religious world.

Jesus called the Pharisees “white-washed tombs” (Matthew 23:27) because they looked good on the outside, but inside were dead and decaying.  Every religion (as opposed to Faith) encourages us to cover up our heart failings, rather than deal with them in a Godly way.

3.  …or the third way is to learn to clean out our Heart.

Cleaning out our heart is of course the only method that God endorses and that really works, Psalm 51:10, Hebrews 10:22.

However, as Jeremiah 17:9 says, the Heart cannot be fixed or ‘cured’.  We will always have some measure of ‘unfinished business’ in our Heart until the day we die.  However, we can keep the Heart in check by renewing the Mind.

C.  Here is a Practical Exercise to help you find out what is in your Heart

1.  Find a quiet spot where you can have some quietness.

Pray and ask Jesus what is in your heart (i.e. what motivates you).  God’s answers should include positive and negative things.  Remember, the real you is a spirit being, so what your Heart wants is not necessarily what YOU want.  Record what the Lord tells you, so you can deal with it in the next session.

2.  If you have trouble getting an answer about what is in your Heart:

Pretend you are a ‘Superman’, who can do anything you want without consequences.  In other words, you have all the money you want, you cannot fail, and no one (including God) can judge you.  Pray and ask:  “Lord, if my heart could do anything it wanted, without restraint, what would your Heart do?” 

It is important not to feel guilty about any answer the Lord gives you.  It is the reality of your heart at the present time and God knows about it already!  Do not try to suppress any negative messages you hear, just record them on paper (somewhere where they will remain private).

In our next post, we will talk how our Heart can be in different ‘conditions’.  Some people may have a ‘shattered Heart’, or a Heart that needs to be in the hospital for total repair.  So join us then,

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.hearinggod.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

      

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