What is in Your Heart?

Many people have heard that “you can have what you say”, and trying to speak the
right things, but find themselves saying and wondering “where did that come from”?

Whatever you have in your heart in abundance will eventually come out of your mouth
(Matthew 12:33-37), which says “either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else
make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.  O
generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things?  For out of the
abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  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.  But I say to you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give
account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by your words you shall be justified, and
by your words you shall be condemned”.

We are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26); and as God spoke in
Genesis chapter 1, the Bible says “He said, and He saw”.  We as children of the Most
High God have the ability to speak the word and see it coming to pass (Mark 11:22-
24), which says “and Jesus answering said to them, have faith in God.  for verily, I say
to you, that whosoever shall say to the mountain, be you removed, and be you cast
into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which
he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.  Therefore I say to
you, what things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them,
and you shall have them”.

The Bible gives us good advice (Proverbs 23:26); it says “My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe my ways”.  And in Proverbs 3:1-8 the Bible says “My son,
forget not my law, but let your heart keep my commandments.  For length of days, and
long life, and peace, shall they add to you.  Let not mercy and truth forsake you, bind
them about your neck; write them upon the table of your heart.  So shall you find favor
and good understanding in the sight of God and man.  Trust in the Lord Yahweh with
all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge
Him, and He shall direct your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord
Yahweh, and depart from evil.  It shall be health to your navel, and marrow to your
bones”.

The Bible tells us to guard your heart (Proverbs 4:20-23), which says “My son, attend
to my words, incline your ear to my sayings.  Let them not depart from your eyes; keep
them in the midst of your heart.  For they are life to those that find them, and health to
all their flesh.  Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”.  Let
us read verse 23 again “keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of
life”.  You are creating things in your life by the words you speak.

The Bible tells us that Samuel’s words never fell to the ground (I Samuel 3:19).  In
other words what Samuel said came to pass.  We have to exercise ourselves to
achieve the same.

There are many phrases in the book of Proverbs which teaches us the importance of
filling our heart with good things in (Proverbs 12:13-14), which says “the wicked is
snared by the transgression of his lips, but the just shall come out of trouble.  A man
shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth; and the recompence of a man’s
hands shall be rendered to him”.

In (Proverbs 15:4), says “a wholesome tongue is a tree of life; but perverseness
therein is a breach in the spirit”.  

In (Proverbs 16:21-24), which says “the wise in heart shall be called prudent; and the
sweetness of the lips increases learning.  Understanding is a wellspring of life to him
that has it; but the instruction of fools is folly.  The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
and adds learning to his lips.  Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul,
and health to the bones”.  

In (Proverbs 18:20-21), it says “a man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his
mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.  Death and life are in the
power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.

Over and over again, we see how important it is for believers to fill their heart with the
word of God.  Remember that out of the abundance of your heart the mouth speaks;
and the word of God is spirit and life.

Jesus told us that it is for us to know the mystery of the kingdom.  As you study the
parable of the sower, you see that the devil comes immediately to steal the word of
God out of your heart (Mark 4:13-15), which says, “the sower sows the word.  And
these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard,
satan comes immediately, and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts”;
Mark 13:19 explains that it is the word that they did not understand, that was taken
away.

The devil comes to steal the word of God out of your heart, then he can kill and
destroy you.  Therefore it is very important that we meditate on the word of God until
we have clear understanding, then we can keep what we understand in our heart.  
John 10:10 says “the thief comes not; but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am
come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.

Things get into your heart through your eye gate; what are you putting before your
eyes?  Television is telling their vision, the things that they believe, and for the most
part it is against the things of God.  Jesus says “the light of the body is the eye; if
therefore your eye be single (clear), your whole body shall be full of light.  But if your
eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness.  If therefore the light that is in
you be darkness, how great (terrible) is that darkness” (Matthew 6:22-23).  

Many Christians are trying to live their life, doing the same things that the world is
doing, but Jesus said that we are in this world but not of this world.  
We are told to be separate from wickedness.  Yes we are saved by grace, but if you
continue to do the things as you did before, you are snared (Romans 6:16) says
“know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you
are to whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness”?

Things also get into your heart through your ear gate; Jesus said “if any man have
ears to hear, let him hear.  And He said to them, take heed what you hear; with what
measure you mete, it shall be measured to you; and to you that hear shall more be
given.  For he that has, to him shall be given; and he that has not, from him shall be
taken even that which he has” (Mark 4:23-24).  We are supposed to be like the
Bereans, who would hear the word and then search the scriptures to see if it was so.  
Many people don’t read their Bible for themselves.

The Bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God (Romans 10:
17); and faith goes by saying (II Corinthians 4:13) says “we have the same spirit of
faith according; as it is written, I believed and therefore have I spoken; we also believe,
and therefore speak”.  And Psalms 68:11 says “the Lord gave the word; great was the
company of those that published it”.  Jesus said “I only speak what I have heard My
Father speak”.

Things gets into your heart by what goes out of your mouth.  When you confess the
word of God aloud, you hear what you are saying and people generally believes what
they say over other people, because you have to examine what others say.

The more times you spend in the word of God, the more powerful you life will be;
because you are filling yourself on the word of God.  Jesus said that when He was
tempted of the devil in the wilderness “But He answered and said, It is written, man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of
God” (Matthew 4:4).

In Deuteronomy 30:10-14 says “if you shall hearken to the voice of the Lord Yahweh
your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of
the law, and if you turn to the Lord Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all
your soul.  For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from
you, neither is it far off.  It is not in heaven, that you should say, who shall go up for us
to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?  Neither is it beyond the
sea, that you should say, who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we
may hear it, and do it?  But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your
heart, that you may do it”.

Paul says the same thing in Romans 10:6-8 “but the righteousness which is of faith
speaks on this wise; say not in your heart, who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to
bring Christ down from above).  Or, who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring
up Christ again from the dead).  But what says it?  The word is near you, even in your
mouth, and in your heart; that is, the word of faith, which we preach”.

Let us examine ourselves as the Bible tell us, and began to fill ourselves with the word
of God.  God told Joshua “this book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but
you shall meditate therein day and night that you may observe to do according to all
that is written therein; for then you shall make your way prosperous and then you shall
have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

You see we are suppose to observe to do according to all that is written therein.  
James says “but be a doer of the word and not a hearer only, deceiving your own
selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to a man
beholding his natural face in a glass.  For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and
immediately forgets what manner of man he was.  But whoso looks into the perfect law
of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the
work, this man shall be blessed in his deed (James 1:22-25)”.  And you can’t do what
you have no understanding of.  

Remember that Jesus told us that it is for us to know the mystery of the kingdom of
heaven.

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: April 24, 2009
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