What’s In Your Heart Part 2

When we look at the make up of mankind we learn from scripture, man has a spirit ( the breath of life ), a soul ( one’s mind, will and emotions ) and a body ( one’s flesh ). When someone dies, their body is buried in the grave, their spirit goes back to the Lord who gave it ( Ecclesiastes 12:7 ) and their soul goes to heaven or hell. (Proverbs 23:14 and many other verses).  And the heart?

When someone gets “saved” truly born again as scripture defines, it is their spirit that is born again, made alive unto God, quickened (John 3:3 – 21; Ephesians chapters 1 & 2 ) and their soul is converted, (Psalm 19:7) and it is the soul that is saved 1 Peter 1:9 KJV
” Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

Those who do not get “born again” as Jesus explained to the Jewish Rabbi Nicodemus and Paul explained to everyone, their soul goes to hell as scripture makes very, very clear Matthew 10:28 KJV  “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Notice, not the spirit.

So people go about going to school, planning their future,  getting a job and working to acquire “things” in this world. I remember thinking and saying before I was saved, life seems useless because people are born to go to school to get an education so they can get a job so they can work all their life so they can retire and live on a fixed income that will not even take care of them. That is still true from a world’s point of view. But then I got saved and realized life was not about this world, but eternity and where and how we spend eternity.  People work so hard for things in this world. People are willing to sacrifice their children, their families and even any relationship with God, for things in this world. But I digress.

Matthew 10:28 tells us when a person dies in this world, not born again, even though we know their fleshly body is buried in the grave, God gives them a different body for their soul and that body with their soul goes to hell. The believer, those born again, also get a new body, a glorified body like Jesus had at his resurrection.

There is one key ingredient in determining if someone is lost or saved, their heart. The heart is the gateway to the soul. And it is the heart that God will try 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.”

There are a lot of people who have said a prayer, “the prayer of salvation” but their heart is in this world and the things of this world. How do I know? Matthew 12:34 KJV  “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

What is in their heart is what they speak about. Something is wrong when a believer will not even tell their children how to be saved because “they” don’t want their child to get saved at a young age and make a false profession of faith. Problem is, if you wait until a child is older or in their teens, you have lost  credibility because they will wonder why you never told them before.

The heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked, God says – Jeremiah 17:9 KJV  “The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Man’s heart can be deceived and if man’s heart can be deceived, his soul is deceived because man’s heart is the gateway to his soul.

These people who have said a prayer but do not have Jesus in their heart, are deceived into thinking they are saved because they said some prayer. Even Paul explained this in Romans 10:9-10 KJV  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Clearly, the key is your heart not some prayer you say.

How many believers have actually read God’s book? All of it? How can you say you love God with all your heart and never read his instruction manual?

And those who are saved and do not appear to have God in their heart are caught in a snare of the cares of this world. And that brings me to the focus of this series. What’s In Your Heart?

Often, believers look at the actions of people and determine if someone is saved or not saved. Scripture tells us we will know them (people) by their fruit. Scripture tells us things we should do and things we should not do, in our flesh. And yes, we all fall short. But believers have been taught if a man has long hair, he is in sin. Believers have been taught if a believer smokes or has a glass of wine or if a woman wears slacks, they are in sin. This is legalism. And Jesus was setting the record straight on legalism when he explained what defiles a man. Jesus mentions 13 things in   Mark 7:18-23 KJV  “And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
[19] Because it entereth not into his  heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
[20] And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
[21] For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
[22] Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
[23] All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

So how many of these thirteen things Jesus mentioned, come from within man’s heart? And how many of these thirteen things impact man’s soul?  We will look at how Paul explains this to the church, next time. Until next time.

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