Notes: The Heart

bible devotion notes - the heart

Recently, I was privileged to be part of a morning devotion in which we studied about the heart. This is a topic of great significance so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to share the notes from the devotion.

Key Verse: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23.
In the Easy-to-read version this text reads, Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.”

Our next verse is Matthew 5:28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Now Notice the passage below:
“Unsanctified human affection always misleads, for it beckons in other paths than the way God has pointed out.” Letter 34, 1891. {1MCP 297.1}

The key words from the passage above are ‘unsanctified human affection’. So what this is saying is that certain affections can make us follow a path which is contrary to God’s will.

Practical Application:

*1.Self Conduct:

Not one word should be spoken, not one action performed, that you would not be willing the holy angels should look upon and register in the books above. You should have an eye single to the glory of God. The heart should have only pure, sanctified affection, worthy of the followers of Jesus Christ, exalted in its nature, and more heavenly than earthly.(Adventist Home, Chapter 8)

*2.Choosing Friends Wisely:

Your acquaintances who are utterly averse to spiritual things, are not refined, ennobled, and elevated by the practice of the truth. They are not under the leadership of Christ, but under the black banner of the prince of darkness. To associate with those who neither fear nor love God—unless you associate with them for the purpose of winning them to Jesus—will be a detriment to your spirituality. If you cannot lift them up, their influence will tell upon you in corrupting and tainting your faith.It is right for you to treat them kindly, but not well for you to love and choose their society; for if you choose the atmosphere that surrounds their souls, you will forfeit the companionship of Jesus. (CSA 49.6)

*3. Guard The Heart:

With many young ladies the boys are the theme of conversation; with the young men, it is the girls. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). They talk of those subjects upon which their minds mostly run. The recording angel is writing the words of these professed Christian boys and girls. How will they be confused and ashamed when they meet them again in the day of God! Many children are pious hypocrites. The youth who have not made a profession of religion stumble over these hypocritical ones and are hardened against any effort that may be made by those interested in their salvation.—Testimonies for the Church 2:460.

Advice for Girls:

“Turn your mind away from romantic projects. You mingle with your religion a romantic, lovesick sentimentalism, which does not elevate, but only lowers. It is not yourself alone who is affected; others are injured by your example and influence…. Daydreaming and romantic castle building have unfitted you for usefulness. You have lived in an imaginary world; you have been an imaginary martyr and an imaginary Christian.”
{AH 52}

“The religion of Jesus Christ is first pure, then peaceable, full of righteousness and good fruits. Many have fallen into the sad error which is so prevalent in this degenerate age, especially with females. They are too fond of the other sex. They love their society. Their attentions are to them flattering, and they encourage, or permit, a familiarity which does not always accord with the exhortation of the apostle, to “abstain from all appearance of evil.”(1 Thessalonians 5:22)”. The Review and Herald, March 12, 1872

“When a woman relates her family troubles, or complains of her husband, to another man, she violates her marriage vows; she dishonors her husband and breaks down the wall erected to preserve the sanctity of the marriage relation; she throws wide open the door and invites Satan to enter with his insidious temptations. This is just as Satan would have it.” {2T 306}

Advice for Guys:

“You are not at all times as cautious as you should be to abstain from the very appearance of evil. You are in danger of being too familiar with the sisters, of talking with them in a light and foolish way. This will injure your influence. Guard carefully all these points; watch against the first approach of the tempter” {4T 364}

“The young boys are likewise left to have their own way. They have scarcely entered their teens before they are by the side of little girls of their own age, accompanying them home and making love to them. And the parents are so completely in bondage through their own indulgence and mistaken love for their children that they dare not pursue a decided course to make a change and restrain their too-fast children in this fast age.” Testimonies for the Church 2:460 (1870).

“A young man who enjoys the society and wins the friendship of a young lady unknown to her parents, does not act a noble Christian part toward her or toward her parents. Through secret communications and meetings he may gain an influence over her mind; but in so doing he fails to manifest that nobility and integrity of soul which every child of God will possess.” {MYP Page 445}

Conclusion ??:

“The question is asked, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” and the answer is given, “By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.” The young man who makes the Bible his guide, need not mistake the path of duty and of safety.” {Messages To Young People Page 446}

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. Ecclesiastes 11:9.

From all that we have seen today we should consider this one verse: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 .  In order to follow God’s will a work of reformation must take place within us, this happens when Christ comes into our life:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalms 51:10


~ Special thanks to Ruth C. on who was leading out this devotion.

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