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Where is Your Heart?

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:21

Our hearts are reflected by our thoughts, and God looks at our hearts. So how important are our thoughts, knowing that God listens to every thought we have? People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (Genesis 16:5) What thoughts do we need so that the Lord will know that we have hearts for him as opposed to hearts for the world?

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2) The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6) These verses are telling us that our minds should be governed by the Holy Spirit which means that we are to think on things above. Exactly how do we do this and handle our worldly lives?

We are the Lord’s servants, ambassadors for Christ, and we do everything for the Lord. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. (Colossians 3:23-24) This implies that whatever we encounter in this world, we learn to respond through the Spirit’s guidance, making Godly choices. A true Christian is in communion with the Lord, knowing his every thought, every word, and every action should reflect Christ. The more we do this the more natural it becomes to be Christ-like, and the more our thoughts are on serving the Lord and walking in his wisdom. We show the Lord that we have a heart for him when we give him priority in our lives, when we learn to control our thoughts and emotions, and when we are guided by the Spirit, becoming one with God. This brings great peace, joy, and security.

The way we overcome our habit of worldly thinking and move toward Godly thinking, is to Study the Word, Pray, and participate in Christian fellowship. We do this by taking one step at a time. Schedule time to read the Word, and time to pray, and time to fellowship with Christian brothers and sisters. Schedule times to commune with the Lord by quick prayers of praise and thankfulness. You can do this in your thoughts most any time during your day, because the Lord is hearing your every thought.

Today move your thoughts away from worldly things and toward Godly things. Think about those things that are pleasing to God and those things that permit the Spirit to guide you in Godly wisdom. Handle all your worldly tasks today through the Spirit by asking the Lord for his help and guidance. Invite the Lord into your life today.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be mindful of the Spirit and to seek your guidance and help in all things. Remind me that I am your servant and it’s only through the Holy Spirit’s presence that I can be an effective witness for you. Thank you for your love and care for me as shown by your willingness to guide me in your divine wisdom, and for saving me through Christ. Teach me to surrender more to your good, pleasing, and perfect will, so that I can be free in Christ and less of a slave to the world. In Jesus name, Amen