Monday, October 28, 2019

It's a Matter of the Heart


By Andrea Merrell

So, keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is 
authentic and real, honorable and admirable, 
beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, 
merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts 
on every glorious work of God, praising Him always. 
Philippians 4:8 TPT

Candace was determined to change her behavior. With her strong, independent spirit, she was convinced it would be a snap.

How wrong she was. And how disappointed. The more she tried to change, the worse things became. She even put a rubber band on her wrist to snap every time temptation reared its ugly head. It was too much like Pavlov’s dog and his theory of classical conditioning. All she ended up with was a bruise on her wrist.

The problem is even if she had achieved the desired behavior, there was no change on the inside. No heart-change. As they say, the dead body would have floated to the top eventually.  

The Bible says, Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV). Matthew 12:34 says, the mouth speaks what the heart is full of (NIV).

Sounds to me like the heart is vital to our Christian walk. We need to internalize God’s Word in order to change our inner (sinful) nature. Chris Tiegreen says, “When we try to achieve behavioral change without heart-change, it can’t be done. It leads to constant failure and frustration.”

If your desire is to change your behavior, start on the inside. Change your thinking. Agree with what God says instead of what others say—or even what you tell yourself. Fill your heart with good things (see Philippians 4:8), for out of it will flow the issues of life.

Remember … it’s a matter of the heart.


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