|By S.C., Zamboanga City on 24 February 2012
The third gem and nugget from Proverbs presented to us in the conference is the need to guard our heart. Godâ€™s economy is to dispense Himself into man in his spirit. But before God can enter into our spirit, He must first pass through a very crucial part, which is manâ€™s heart; before He can touch our spirit, He must first touch our heart. Manâ€™s heart is composed of the soul â€“ mind, emotion, and will â€“ plus our conscience (Heb. 4:12, Jer.15:16, Heb. 10:22). Proverbs tells us to guard our heart â€świth all vigilance.â€ť Every day we need to come to the divine Cardiologist to have a heart check-up. Psalms 139:23-24 says â€śSearch me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there is some harmful way in me, and lead me on the eternal way.â€ť Our hearts must first be gained by the Lord in order for Him to use us.
What is the real condition of our heart? Matthew 15:19 tells us what comes out of manâ€™s heart is unclean because what is inside of man is unclean. However, Ezekiel 36:26 says that God has given man a new spirit and a new heart. We have a new spirit that enables us to communicate with the Lord and a new heart for us to have a new living.
Matthew 5:8 says â€śBlessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.â€ť To be pure in heart is to be single in purpose, a heart only for God and nothing else. God gave us a new spirit and a new heart. Our spirit is for us to receive God, whereas our heart is the ground for Christ as the seed of life to grow in us. The book of Proverbs, with a view of Godâ€™s economy, instructs us how to live rightly in order to build up our new man. The building up of our new man depends on how much of Christ has grown in us and the growth of Christ in us depends on how much our heart is for Him.
Even though God gave us a new heart, often times our heart for Him is not pure. Our heart becomes idolatrous. The word â€śharmfulâ€ť in Psalms 139:23-24 means idolatrous. Those that take the place of God in our hearts are idols. Instead of having only God in our heart, we have different things that replace Christ. We need to realize our heart can only contain one thing. It cannot contain both Christ and basketball. It can not contain both Christ and business. It must only contain one thing- only Christ!
We may think that our heart for the Lord is pure. Then, we need the Lord to expose our heart like in Peterâ€™s situation. The Lord told the disciples that he will be delivered and that the disciples will be scattered and be stumbled. But Peter replied saying â€śEven if all will be stumbled, yet I will not.â€ť Peter thought that his heart was pure for God, but the Lord exposed him, when he denied the Lord three times. May we allow the Lord to expose our real condition and thus deal with our heart.