Monday, February 17, 2014

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The Heart Of It All

          It is my contention that the seat of intellect is the mind and the seat of emotion is the heart. When you feel great joy, you can actually feel it in your heart. When you are feeling great hurt, you feel it in your gut. Paul mentions that some things effect feeling in the bowels. Doubtless, trying circumstances can cause a headache.

          When some one is 'truly' born again, they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior; the Holy Spirit then comes to live in their heart. These people are thus marked by God, that they belong to Jesus, and cannot be taken out of His hand.  Those that the Father has given to Jesus, cannot be taken away.

          Paul tells us that we, (the church) are all one body; each being different parts. The ear is useless without the eye; 1st. Corinthians tells us:  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? .... And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  We are all a part of the body of Christ.  Jesus said: "The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." As we can see, no part of the body of Christ can function without the others.

          The mind can play tricks on us.  Satan and his followers have a piece of God but they don't have the peace of God. They know, better than most of us, who and what God is, but fail to yield to Him.  Knowledge of God (in the mind) is only a part of salvation and true salvation has only begun when you humble yourself before the Lord (in your heart).

          The knowledge of the Gospel is in the mind, but the love of the Gospel is in the heart.

HEART - 1,223 Occurrences in the concordance - some examples follow -

Exodus 10:1  Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them ...
Ezekiel 11:19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. ...
1 Kings 11:4  As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had
Ecclesiastes 10:2  The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
Proverbs 23:15  My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed;
Song of Solomon 4:9  You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes,
Obadiah 1:3  The pride of your heart has deceived you
Proverbs 15:13  A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. ... A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
Psalm 28:7  The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 57:7  My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. ... My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident.
Jeremiah 4:19  I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. ... My heart, my heart--I writhe in pain! My heart pounds within me!
Psalm 73:26  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength
of my heart and my portion forever.

Matthew 3:8 Therefore let your lives prove your change of heart;

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Matthew 6:21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 12:34 You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

Matthew 13:19 When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and doesn't understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside.

Matthew 15:8 These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Matthew 15:18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies.

Matthew 18:3 And said, Truly, I say to you, If you do not have a change of heart and become like little children, you will not go into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

Mark 6:12 And they went out, preaching the need for a change of heart in men.

Mark 6:34 So when Jesus landed, He saw a vast multitude; and His heart was moved with pity for them, because they were like sheep which have no shepherd, and He proceeded to teach them many things.

Luke 3:8 Live lives which shall prove your change of heart

Luke 8:12 Those along the road are those who hear, then the devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved.

Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

John 12:40 "He has blinded their eyes and he hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and would turn, and I would heal them."

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don't let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.  

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

Acts 5:4 While you kept it, didn't it remain your own? After it was sold, wasn't it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven't lied to men, but to God.

Acts 7:51 You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit! As your fathers did, so you do.

 Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believe with all your heart, thou may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Acts 13:22 I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will.

Romans 5:5 tells us: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 8 tells us: And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (ESV)

MIND - 615 Occurrences in the concordance - some examples follow -
1 Corinthians 2:16 for,   Who has known the mind of the Lord so as for, "Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct
him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
Romans 8:6  The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind ...
Revelation 17:9  This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven... "This calls for a mind with wisdom. ... "This calls for a mind with understanding:
Romans 8:27  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the... And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit
intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and..
Romans 8:7  The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does
not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.
BOWELS - 39 Occurrences in the concordance - some examples follow -
Acts 1:18  Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
2 Corinthians 6:12  Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
Philippians 1:8  For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
Philemon 1:7  For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
Philemon 1:20  Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
1 John 3:17  But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

            And to sum it up - Philippians 4:7 says:  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

            Now, we all know that the physical heart pump is just a pump and doesn't have thought functions.  The Bible refers, time and again, to the heart as being the seat of emotion.  It is my conclusion that the heart referred to in this manner is our spirit. This is verified by the Bible telling us that the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in our heart.

          We can see from the above, that the heart must control the thoughts of the mind, by the Holy Spirit which dwells in the heart; for those who will yield to him.


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