Heart Matters

Jeremiah 17:9
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And [d]desperately wicked; Who can know it?

Ever since the fall of man in the garden of Eden, man has a heart problem. In the natural, the heart is important because it is the one organ that supplies the rest of the body with enough blood and oxygen to keep it going thus a healthy heart is paramount for a healthy body. When your heart ceases to function then the whole body shuts down.
The same applies to our spiritual life. The condition of our spiritual heart determines the state of our spiritual health and the problems we deal with spiritually, have their genesis in the conditions of our hearts.

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

The heart is so important that we are admonished to guard it will all diligence because ALL issues of life flow from it. It your heart is defiled then all that flows from it will be defiled as well. Your heart has to do with your thoughts, your emotions and the well spring of life. This is the seat where decisions that drive your life are made.
The parable of the sower talks about the different types of hearts and how they respond to the word of God sown in them. The condition of your heart is so important it affects how the word of God affects your life.
The important and tricky thing is that only God knows the true condition of our hearts. Because man sees only the outside, we can fool each other but we can never fool the Lord!
This week we look at some of the issues that defile our hearts. What is the condition of your heart?

Reflective Thoughts
What would you say is the condition of your heart, is it healthy or does it have a problem that is affecting other areas of your life?

What are some of the things you can do to protect and guard your heart?

Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out as he transforms your life?