Written On Our Hearts
The heart is the center of us all. Scripture tells us this about the heart.
Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Proverbs 27:19, “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
And Jeremiah says this in
Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
So we can see that the heart is important when it comes to our walk with God.
Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew 22:37 tells us this “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
So the question is, “What is in your heart?” If the heart is a reflection of you, then it is important to examine yourself to see what really is in your heart.
Proverbs 3:3-4 says this, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
We see that God wants us to write love and faithfulness upon our hearts.
Colossians 3:14-17 says, “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Messiah rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the Word of Messiah dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
If we are going to have the Word of God dwell within us then we must be doers of the Word as James 1:22-24 tells us this, “But prove yourselves doers of the Word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.”
We see that we are to let the Word dwell within us or in other words, the Word must be written on our hearts.
Jeremiah 31:33 says, “For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord: “I will put My law within them and write it on their heart; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
This is what we call the New Covenant as Hebrews 10:16 tells us, “This is the covenant which I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put My laws upon their hearts, and write them on their mind,”
But before God can write His Word upon our hearts we must first have a new heart, a heart after God, a heart of a new creation, a heart of a born again person.
Ezekiel 36:25-26, “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
Psalm 51:10 says , “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
If we are the people of the New Covenant then we must be people whose hearts are no longer of stone. We can not be people who are stubborn and rebellious against God’s Word, His total Word. We can not pick and choose what we want to believe or live by. Yeshua, the Word made flesh, (John 1:14). said that He and His Father were one, (John 10:30). Yeshua said this when all there was was the Torah, Torah meaning God’s teachings. Today people do not think that they have to live by the Ten Commandments. Does this mean that they believe in murder, stealing, coveting, lying under oath, and that they can serve two masters? (Matthew 6:24). If they do, then they are not people of the New Covenant. To have God’s Word written on our hearts, means that we must live by God’s Word, otherwise our hearts are as cold as stone. We must die to ourselves, so that we can be born again as new creations, born of the Spirit, the Spirit of Messiah, fighting the spiritual battle with the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, (Ephesians 6:17). Galatians 5:13-26 takes us back to the beginning, walking in the Spirit causes us to put love in our hearts. “ For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the desire of the flesh is against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, in order to keep you from doing whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law, (because you are living out the law). Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior, idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law,(because now the fruit is a part of you). Now those who belong to Messiah Yeshua crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit as well. Let’s not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”
Are you people of the New Covenant, then what’s written on your hearts, God’s Commandments which bears good fruit, or the fleshly actions of this world, which bears bad fruit? As Matthew 7:15-20 says, “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.”
It’s the heart that God looks upon, 1 Samuel 16:7. God’s Commandments, which sums up His Word, will be written upon our hearts, and upon our hearts it will remain forever, but only if we have a heart for Him to write it upon, today.