Subject: The Heart (Luke 6:45)
45A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
There is nothing like going on a treasure hunt. It may be a shopping trip through an antique store or a scuba dive among the ruins of old sunken ships, but the thrill of finding something uniquely valuable keeps you motivated. Can you imagine what treasures could be found if we dove into the Word of God, like we would a great shopping trip or that scuba dive?
The amazing thing about a treasure hunt is that you get hooked! You can hardly wait until the next time. The excitement of finding something valuable the last time, keeps you anticipating more of the same. This is the kind of joy we find as we search the scriptures. It will change our appetite for worldly pleasures and give us a new determination for the pleasures (and treasures) of Jesus.
Once the appetite of a believer is truly changed, so is his language. His heart is now able to speak words that encourage and deposit good into others. Jeremiah 17:9, 10 says that . . . 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 1 0I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Now, it is God’s time to search your heart. Allow Him to send Jesus deep inside to apply the Blood to those hidden places of unforgiveness and hurt. You will be surprised at the change in your spiritual appetite and the great treasure you will find in the Word and “The Word” will find in you!