Your Seat Of Authority
When God said our heart is wicked in Deuteronomy 15:9 and in Jeremiah 17:9 God says our heart is deceitful and desparately wicked. I asked God, Why is our heart deceitful and wicked? I knew David asked God to create a clean heart in him, Psalm 51:10 KJV “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
God showed me why the heart is so important. Proverbs 4:23 KJV “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” All the issues on mankind’s life come out of man’s heart.
When you look at the word seat, things come into focus. A “seat” in this sense, is a place where something is established or settled. We have Ceasar’s judgment seat where Christ was sent for judgment. We have the Judgment seat of Christ where Christians will be judged.
In the secular realm, we have the seat of county government where county matters are settled. Then you have the seat of each state, the city where state governments govern laws of that state.
When God said the heart is where the issues of life come from, we learn the heart is the seat of authority of man. Remember, the heart is the gateway to the soul. The heart is like the place where you settle or establish things (just like county government).
Your heart is like the governing part of your being. Your heart will prevent or allow affections, imaginations, memory, a conscience and your reasoning. It is your heart, as your governing body, that determines what your soul will do.
If you look at the seat of county government and compare the process to mankind, you might have a clearer understanding of the role of your heart. Ordinances and rules are established, whether good or bad. Your heart is the seat of authority for your entire being. It is your heart that decides if you will do this or that. It is your heart that determines what you believe and where your soul spends eternity.
When David said to God, create a clean heart in me O Lord (Psalm 51:10) David knew his heart gets polluted, deceived and misguided. It is clearly the heart that God tries or tests in man, see
Psalm 17:3 KJV
Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
Proverbs 17:3 KJV
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
God tries man’s heart because it is the seat of authority for everything for man. When Satan tempted Jesus in Matthew 4, Satan was trying to cause doubt in Jesus’ heart. Satan tried to bribe Jesus’ heart too. Satan wants to turn man’s heart to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and pride (see James 1:14,15). Satan is a deceiver and he will not announce his plans, he is your enemy,
1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
If Satan can deceive man’s heart, over time, he can alter people’s thoughts, families, counties, states and nations. This is why morality is important. Religious dogmas harden hearts as in the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:29-37. Deception changes hearts into believing lies – whether through governments, teachers, family, religion, or friends and that is why you must turn to the truth, God’s word and Jesus Christ said,
John 14:6 KJV “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” That is the truth. You can allow that truth into your heart or not.
Until next time, God loves you.