The state of one’s heart is the state of one’s self. Learning to care for the heart is learning to care for one’s self. The Bible says that man is a-three-part being in the book of 1Thesalonians ~ The God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body” (1Thesalonians 5.23). Too often attention is focused on the body and the soul, while a successful life requires care of all three parts of the human condition. The most important part is the heart, the human spirit. Few people think about the state of their heart until it is severely wounded or broken. The book of Proverbs says ~ “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit [Is like] a city broken down, without walls” (Proverbs 25.28). The ‘walls’ that are mentioned in the forgoing verse refer to protection — for thousands of years the main instrument of protection of a city was its high fortified stone walls. As a city that is destroyed and without protection so is the spirit of the man who does not protect and care for his heart.
Like the human body, the health of the heart begins with cleanliness. In the book of Jeremías, the Bible says ~ “Wash your heart from wickedness, That you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?” (Jeremiah 4.14). The present state of the society in which we live is constantly bombarded with thoughts of wickedness and evil. The Holy Spirit speaking through the prophet Jeremiah revealed that malignant thoughts contaminate the human spirit, leaving it tainted and soiled with toxic and vexing substances in the spiritual world. Imagine the state of the physical body if it had not been washed for the last three or four years. Fortunately, scripture brings to light how the heart can be cleansed of every contaminant, and the method is really quite simple. Let’s have a look at the book of Acts ~ “And made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith” (Acts 15.9).
No Mystery to Faith
The Bible teaches that the human spirit is cleansed by faith. Faith is the spiritual detergent with which one can daily scrub all the filth out of the heart. Thank God, faith is something that is very easy to understand and to foment. In the book of Romans, we see that ~ “Faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10.17). There is no mystery to having great faith. Faith is a product of the word of God. The more of the word of God one has in his heart, the more faith he will have… it is as simple as that. A person’s faith is always in direct proportion to the amount of the word of God that is in the heart. The quality of relationship one has with the word of God determines the quality of relationship one has with God. There is absolutely no deviation from this spiritual law in scripture, ever. Jesus said ~ “…to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed” (John 8.31).
The Anointed Word
It is noted that Jesus never used the word ‘Christian.’ Jesus preferred the word ‘disciple’ when referring to those who would follow Him in search of everlasting life. With this in mind then, Jesus said that the only ‘true’ (real) Christians are those who ‘abide’ in (not visit) His word. These are those who have washed their spirits daily in the blood-soaked word of the New Testament. ~ “And from Jesus Christ… to Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Revelation 1.5). As the believer sustains his faith daily by spending time in the anointed word of God, Jesus Christ is able to wash and cleanse the heart from all filth of the world by His atoning blood which is contained in the New Testament. Jesus said ~ “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26.28).
When Jesus used the words… “My disciples indeed” (John 8.31), He was pronouncing the fact that the real disciple, or genuine Christian, is constantly surrounded by those who are merely cultural Christians, but who are not disciples. The true Christian is he who keeps his heart cleansed and justified by faith, as the writer of the book of Hebrews explains ~ “Now the just shall live by faith; But if [anyone] draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10.38). Remember what Salomon said in the book of Proverbs ~ “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit [Is like] a city broken down, without walls” (Proverbs 25.28). A clean heart is a strong heart, and a strong heart is one that wins the good1 fight of faith and lives in constant victory.
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
1. 1Timothy 6.12
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