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Operation of the Heart (Part II)
by David M. Augenstein
In the Operation of the Heart (Part I) we learned that the word “heart” in the Bible always refers to the innermost part of our being and our minds. It is out of the heart that flow the real issues of life. It is the internal qualities of our heart, shaped by our thoughts and beliefs, which determine much of who we are.
In Part II of this study we will examine several healthy heart conditions. In Part III we will examine serious heart ailments. For the diagnoses, we will consult the Blueprint for our Lives and Hearts, the Word of God, and the great physician, Jesus Christ.
Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues (outgoings, source) of life.
How do we “keep” our hearts? Here are just three of many ways:
Phl 4:6 –7 Be careful (anxious, worried) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth (surpasses) all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
And, consistent with the first and great commandment:
Col 3:14-15 And above all these things [put on] charity (the love of God in the renewed mind in practice), which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Pro 28:25-6 He that is of a proud (haughty, egotistical) heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat (prosperous). He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely (in the ways of the Lord), he shall be delivered (protected from the Enemy).
A healthy spiritual heart is a believing heart . . . believing the powerful, unadulterated truth of God’s Word. (So then, by sheer logic, a heart ailment is an unbelieving heart). This believing heart encapsulates many positive attributes. It allows for the building of:
Trust, confidence and faith rather than doubt, worry, fear and terror
Fruit of the spirit (love, joy and peace . . .) rather than hate, sorrow, confusion, anxiety and ungodly anger
Having your needs met more abundantly versus always in need
Rejoicing in the reality of the eventual return of Christ rather than always fearing what is going to happen to you when you die (that’s a biggy).
Heart of Believing
True believing (producing actions and results in harmony with the Word) comes from the heart, not positive thinking, mind control, lucky charms, statues or phases of the moon.
Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.
Believing must be very important if all things are possible to those who believe. Our salvation and eternal life is dependent on our heart and our believing:
Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word (of God) is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Rom 10:9 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. Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
NOTE: “Confess with your mouth” is where you are speaking from the depth of your heart and that your words are in alignment with your heart. “Confess with your mouth” is also an orientalism of the Biblical times. When somebody said something, it was true. If somebody promised something, you could be assured they would come through. If not, their reputation would be destroyed and they were no longer to be trusted.
When we are miraculously saved by the power of God through our free-will believing, it means we are saved from the wrath to come and saved from eternal death. It also means we obtain an eternal life and inheritance, baptized in holy spirit and we receive Christ into our hearts.
Our salvation (spiritual wholeness) and eternal life with God and Jesus Christ is not fully realized until the return of Christ. In the meantime our salvation is only the beginning of a new life, as God wills to have us come to an accurate and experiential knowledge of the truth of His Word (I Timothy 2:4).
While we are on the subject of receiving salvation (the new birth, becoming born again, saved) I like to always point out that salvation is by the grace of God not by the works of man or our good deeds. This one truth alone has set many free in their hearts knowing they are no longer subject to the law of sin and death (spiritually) for this is what Christ died for (read Romans).
2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
Eph 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The use of past tense (for example, “hath raised us up together”) is a figure of speech to indicate the certainty of a promised future event. It is as good as done! Good works comes after salvation; it is not a condition for it. We want to do good words because we are saved. The only condition is: believing in our heart that Christ is Lord and God raised him from the dead. You can no more earn salvation through good works than you can lose it through sins or works of evil (although God has a way of dealing with that also!). Because it is a gift of God to those who simply believe as he has chosen us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1). (Through God’s infinite foreknowledge He knows of all who will believe. This still allows salvation for anyone and does not violate the law of freedom of will.)
It is wonderful and spectacular that the origin of everything goes back to the Word. In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1) and God used his Word by calling the creation into being in six days (Genesis 1). We cannot go anywhere spiritually without believing and having a respect for the accuracy, integrity and authority of the Word. The Will of God for our lives is written in the Word of God!
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Heart of Love
Jesus told us of the first and great commandment:
Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.
We are to love God with all our heart, all of it. Love for God proceeds from the heart. It is with the heart we love with the love of God. When we love God we will love His Word, do His commandments and love His people.
How do we love God?
1Jo 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jo 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Heart of Joy and Rejoicing
Our hearts should joy and rejoice in the Word, in the blessed Hope and in those we nurture in the faith.
Jer 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them (he ate it up!—not literally, of course); and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
Boy, oh, boy! Jeremiah hungered for the word of the Lord. What is the joy and rejoicing of our hearts, that is the question. Is it the Word?
The first use of “heart” in Acts is in the first recorded sermon on the first day of the Church Age given by Peter on the day of Pentecost. Quoting King David, who prophesied of Christ’s coming hundreds of years before:
Act 2:25-6 For David speaketh concerning him (Jesus), I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
Through his knowledge of the scriptures, David foresaw the coming of Jesus Christ. Not only did his heart rejoice but he knew his soul would rest in the hope of Christ’s second coming!
True joy and rejoicing is related to the future hope we have in Christ’s return. We also joy and rejoice when we speak the Word, win somebody to the Lord Jesus Christ and help them become established in the faith, which includes the reality of Christ’s eventual return for His church at the gathering together.
1Th 2:19 For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye (all the believers) in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
Other Godly Qualities of the Heart
What God has accomplished in the heart of a believer at the time of the new birth is truly marvelous. But we can only realize it and benefit from it by knowing what the Bible says. Feast on these last verses.
1Pe 1:20 –23 Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
2Cr 1:21 –2 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ (the anointed One), and hath anointed us (anointed with the perfect blood), [is] God; Who hath also sealed us (with the official seal and signature that cannot be broken), and given the earnest (token or a down payment) of the Spirit in our hearts (for there is truly far more to come in the future).
2Cr 4:6-7 For God (Who is Light and Love), who commanded the light to shine out of darkness (physically and spiritually), hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Gal 4:4-7 But when the fulness of the time (the perfect time that was prophesied of many times before by many prophets in different times and places) was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.The Believer
The wonders of modern medicine like heart replacement, bypass and treatment technologies never dreamed of twenty years ago have come a long way to extend our lives, but only God can heal the inner heart and offer eternal life and true salvation.
Now that this phase of heart surgery is over, perhaps we found areas of our heart that needs restoration or repair. We should be better equipped to walk on out in Him and keep His commandments.
|Many readers have inquired of my background, so I thought I would place a brief bio here. I am David Augenstein and I reside in Findlay, Ohio with my wife of 21 years and my 17-year old autistic, piano-playing son. My biblical background includes 12 years of study with The Way International. My wife and I decided to leave that ministry in 1987 and have since studied the Scriptures on our own and use many other resources for learning (and unlearning). We have a small and recently growing fellowship in the home each week. Professionally, I have a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental. My wife and I have run a small business called Automotive Environmental & Safety Engineering for nearly 12 years. We specialize in publishing EPA and OSHA compliance guidance and training materials for fleet and vehicle maintenance operations. www.envirosafeshop.com Thanks for asking.|