Posted by: missionventureministries | December 13, 2017

THE ACTIONS OF THE HEART – Proverbs 23:7

 

 The Bible talks a lot of about our thoughts. In fact, most of Jesus’ and Paul’s instructions didn’t center around the outward appearances or things people did, but on the thoughts of their mind, and the attitudes of their hearts. 

Jesus said: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). 

The thoughts of men’s heart give evidence to what their spiritual state is. What you think about in your mind, so you are. In other words, our mind is powerful and we become what we think. A person is known by their actions, and we need to realize that actions begin with our thoughts. 

The character of a person’s thoughts determines the character of his life. His actions are inspired from within. Every product of the soul, whether it is an action or a purpose, is first a thought.  

Because we were born with a sinful nature, sin lies in the soul first in thoughts and then, if we let it take root it will reveal itself in actions.  

The moral success of life consists in being Christ focused and not letting evil thoughts germinate in our mind. In our verse we learn that the heart determines our everlasting destiny, because a heart without holiness will never see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). 

Paul instructs us to focus on: whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report…to think on these thing (Philippians 4:8), and to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  

The heart as the Bible describes, literally functions like a conscience; it gives us a gentle nudge, or a sense of warning. And as we read in the following verses, the Word of God often refers to the “thoughts of the heart”. 

Above everything else, guard your heart. Everything you do comes from it. (Proverbs 4:23) 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) 

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders… (Matthew 15:19) 

The Lord knows us very well and tells us that: “It will come about on that day that thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil plan” (Ezekiel 38:10) 

And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? (Matthew 9:4) 

We should never forget that: “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  

We have to keep in mind that our behavior follows our thoughts, not the other way around. The thoughts we entertain are processed by our hearts and come out of our mouth and in our actions.  Analyzing and addressing our thoughts are key components of conquering the habits and behaviors that seem to hold us hostage, and it is up to us to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  

The best way to do this is to acknowledge the need for change and to draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8). Because without Christ, we were incapable of thinking right because Jesus is the only purifier of the heart; and we are not (to) be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2). 

Remember that: Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:5-6). 

Some people loudly proclaim with their mouth that Jesus is their savior, but their lives are deceitful and sinful because they have not permitted him to be the Lord of their lives. The Bible calls these people hypocrites; they say one thing but live in rebellion to the commands of God and the Bible. That is way, the Bible informs us that the fool says in his heart,“There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

We like the Psalmist should be asking God to: Create in me a clean heart . . . and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).

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