Proverbs 4:23 says; “keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” The heart of a man or woman is what is most important to God. It is not our acts or our deeds that impress Him, but the condition of our heart that pleases Him. The Bible teaches us that while man is concerned with the outward appearance of things, God is concerned with the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). This is due to the fact that the heart is the source of a person’s good or evil deeds. Luke 6:45 says; “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.” The Scriptures also reveal that through a man’s hardened heart he can store up God’s judgment for himself (Romans 2:5).
In order to keep our heart right before God, we must first repent. By asking God to forgive us for our sins, and by receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior; we position ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit’s purifying work in our heart and the renewing of our mind through the Word of God. Then we can as is written in Colossians 3:1 “set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
Today we encourage you to set your heart on the things above. Choose to live a Godly life, by walking in His ways and keeping His commandments. You can start by praying this prayer aloud to Him;
Dear Lord Jesus,
I ask that You would forgive me of my sins and wash me clean with Your blood. I welcome the Holy Spirit to purify my heart, and I ask that as I meditate on Your Word that my mind would be renewed. I choose to set my heart on the things above, and I keep my eyes fixed on You Lord.
In Jesus Name I Pray,