August 1 What Is the Heart?

Your entire life is controlled and determined by your heart.

What is the heart? The Bible provides us with many truths about it. When it uses the word heart, it’s usually referring to our subconscious minds and their contents. Historically, the heart has been a metaphor for the center of our being.

Our hearts or subconscious minds are what motivate us in our attitudes and actions, even though we may not be aware of what is influencing us. Jesus Christ emphasized the following.

For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.(Matthew 12:34–35) But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man “unclean.” For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man “unclean”; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him “unclean.”(Matthew 15:18–20) In these simple statements, the principle of the heart and its power to control all of one’s life is evident. Whatever is in your heart dictates your experience in life. According to Jesus, all our actions are motivated by the content of our hearts or what is stored in our subconscious minds.

This leads us to the following truth to ponder: The way you think about your vision and how you act on it come from your heart, as well.

Prayer: Father, my heart is the center of my being and reflects who I actually am. I want my heart and life to reflect You. May my words and actions reveal the good things You have stored up in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: Whatever is in your heart dictates your experience in life.

Reading: Psalm 57–59; Romans 4

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