“Lord, let me recover my sight.” Luke 18:41 Bartimaeus’ story shows how God opens the door of hope for broken lives. Notice the pattern—believe, ask, receive: 1) Bartimaeus believes in Jesus. 2) His faith leads him to a specific kind of asking, and 3) as a result, he receives a wonderful...
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23
Many people associate the heart purely with feelings and emotions. The heart includes our feelings, but it is much more. The heart is the control center of your life.
The heart has four chambers. Look at the chambers of the new heart that God promises to give to all his people.
1. A humble heart. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17
The gospel categorically excludes all boasting. Here’s a good question to ask yourself: What do I have that I did not receive?
2. A believing heart. “If you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
3. A loving heart. “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8
4. An obedient heart. “I will give you a new heart… I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26-27
Woody Allen once said, “The heart wants what it wants.” He was right. The prevailing desire of your heart governs the direction of your life. So, it’s important to know your own heart.
How well are these four chambers functioning in your own life?