Proverbs 7 7-7-18

The Word of God can transform our minds every day, but what about our hearts? How long does it take for God to transform our hearts? Or does He?

Proverbs 7:24-25 “Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. [25] Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.”

It would seem that WE are in charge of our hearts. The heart is the amplifier of our desires. “I love you with all my heart,” is a classic example. We are exhorted by Christ to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:33).” God says that He will give us the desires of our heart–if our hearts desire righteous things:

Psalm 37:4-6 Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. [5] Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and he will do this: [6] He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Giving our desires to the Lord is the only way to guard our hearts (Prov. 4:23). When we commit our way to the LORD, we are surrendering our right to harbor any agenda, any personal goal, any dream–our desires. “Dead men don’t have goals.” When we look at the Apostle Paul’s story, we find a man whose heart was zealous for God, but hostile toward Christ. Once he met Christ, he gave up all of his own goals and made Christ’s goals his goals. He went so far as to say that he had died and that Christ lived through him:

Galatians 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in [through] me. This life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Today, let’s allow God to transform our minds with His Word even while we set our hearts on Him and His ways, making His agenda our agenda, His goals our goals, His heart our heart.

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