The Heart Of The Mouth

human heartMy mouth can’t say anything that was delivered to it by my brain.  My brain is the control center of my body. I couldn’t thing these words and I certainly couldn’t type these words.  My heart is the main pump of my body. It supplies blood to my brain so that my brain can function. I have to have both the live. I actually need more than those two vital organs to live, but they are certainly the top two.

I see my heart as the emotional/motive control center. The brain is the “button pusher” part of this equation, but my heart is discerning about why I “push a button” that makes me talk. I know that in some ways it’s a weak analogy.  My heart is an involuntary body part. It functions automatically and I can’t just order it to stop from my brain.  The Word of God speaks a lot about my heart and it’s not referring to my main body pump, it’s referring to my emotional/motive production center. King Solomon writes a lot about the heart in Proverbs. Check this out….

20 Without wood a fire goes out;

    without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,

    so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;

    they go down to the inmost parts.
23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware

   are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
 
   but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,

    for seven abominations fill their hearts. (Proverbs 26:20-25 NIV)

 

I’m trying to cultivate my heart to reflect The Lord there.

I’m trying to have the words that come from my mouth to reflect His Presence in me.

I’m trying to keep my heart pure from bad motives.

I’m trying to live with the Lord controlling my heart and my mind.

I was reminded of the axiom: “My actions speak so loudly that you can’t hear what I’m saying”.

 Pressing On!
Dwayne 

Lead Me On & On

Hands folded in prayer over open russian Holy Bible on black backgroundI’ve learned many times and in many ways over the years that a leader must learn to follow before He can learn to lead. I’ve learned that the Lord gives incredible wisdom and insight to anyone who will listen – a leader and/or follower.  I love the writings of King Solomon – a brilliant and wise man who penned some amazing truths cataloged as Proverbs. The writings reveal his current heart condition. Check this out…

1 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water

    that he channels towards all who please him.
2 A person may think their own ways are right,

    but the Lord weighs the heart.
3 To do what is right and just

    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love

    finds life, prosperity and honor.
30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan

    that can succeed against the Lord.
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,

    but victory rests with the Lord. (Proverbs 21:1-3, 21, 30-31 NIV)

 

I’m open to the Lord speaking into my heart and life at any moment He chooses. He will speak into me great insight and wisdom if I will listen.  He speaks into me through His Word. He speaks into me through His people. He speaks into me through circumstances.  I want the Lord’s wisdom and insight to find a channel through my heart.

I believe that the Lord will lead me and direct me in the biggest decisions I face all the way down to the simplest decision like what to wear. My role is to invite Him to lead then let Him lead me on and on.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Heart Work Check-Up

Doctor giving girl checkup in doctor officeThere are all kinds of physical work that I can do to keep my body in decent shape. I can also exercise regularly. I still think it’s important to go to the Doctor for routine check-ups to make sure that nothing is going on that I’m not aware of. I think one thing the doctor does pretty regularly when I visit is check my heart. He draws blood work to check for any issues there. There is a physical check-up that begins with my heart and a spiritual check-up that begins in the same place. Check this out…

1 My son, do not forget my teaching,

    but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years

    and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
 
   bind them around your neck,

    write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name

    in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart

    and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,

    and he will make your paths straight.(Proverbs 3:1-6 NIV)

 

The Lord is really concerned about my heart because my actions follow my heart. He wants me to surrender the “spiritual control center” to Him. He wants my obedience to Him to flow out of my heart. As kids grow up most all parents focus on behavior. I think we would be wise to keep checking on the heart of our kids. If their heart is soft and shapeable, their actions are more likely to be within the boundaries that the Lord gives. If they are living simply to please me, then one day they will choose their own way instead of following the Lord.

I want to begin again to day with surrender of my heart to the Lord. He will prompt me. He will direct my actions. He will love others through me.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Heart Work

Man opens shirt to reveal gearsI’m trying to put into words just how my heart really works. I know about the physical part with the boundaries of blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.… I’m trying to articulate just how I take care of my heart – my soul, my emotional centerpiece. My love for my family is settled there My spiritual journey resides there. My character comes out of there. My feelings an emotions reside there.

King David seems to have a knack for speaking right into my heart. Check this out…

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;

    even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

    With him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 16:7-8 NIV)

Human heart anatomy from a healthy body

It is settled – the Lord has free reign on my heart. He counsels my heart. He speaks into me via my heart. He uses my heart to direct my head. I feel wiser and more competent when my heart is right before the Lord. He prompts my heart to acts of kindness. He prompts my heart to love. He prompts my heart in business decisions.

His presence in me means I have a heart and it’s warm, approachable and growing in my love for Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne