I absolutely love how the Lord puts a through-line in all the messages coming out of Shulamite Ministries. It’s like a single, evenly flowing Voice heard and recorded through many witnesses. And even though our vantage points may be a little different, because we’re individuals in a personal relationship with God, the singleness of The Voice still comes through, unifying us all. It’s like many facets of the Spirit’s message, each unique as well as cohesive. This is something only He can do.
In my last post I ended by saying I would follow up today by showing that God puts a premium on living from the heart. And since then, I recorded Martha’s message of the month, “Loving the Truth.” In it she speaks about the heart and loving the truth. It’s just amazing how complimentary her message is in relation to where I’m going. In this light, the Spirit has actually used her message to bridge my points.
In this teaching, she references Psalms 15, where David asks who can dwell in the Lord’s tabernacle. It is the one who tells the truth in their heart and swears to their own hurt. Yes, the honest man is the one who enters His presence. It’s the person who lives in their reality, while remaining dependent on God to resolve life’s issues.
Martha talking about the heart specifically:
“[It’s important] to tell the truth in your heart. To know what your heart is feeling. To be in touch with your heart in the reality of your heart. Do you know when you hate? Do you know when you lie? Do you know when you covet, have greed and deceive? Do you know what your heart is full of?”
On Monday I was experiencing something of a crisis and remained in the honesty of my heart. I didn’t have the immediate power to resolve the issue, but I did know Who did. Watchman Nee says that God expects one thing of us, and that is to tell the truth. We can do nothing else. But if we tell God the truth, He will take care of the rest. We’re not living in the honesty of our hearts in order to be able to fix and analyze them. We live out of our hearts because that’s where we can enter into relationship with God. The heart is my implanted source of need—a living, beating source of dependency on God.
Martha says in “Loving the Truth” that God abhors a liar. He just doesn’t fellowship with a dishonest man. I’m not elevating the importance of my heart over my spirit; I am just saying I’m anchored to my heart because it beats with the reality of me.
God comes to give me a new heart, with a new life, as I am made a new creation. Yes, my heart of stone has become a heart of flesh. It beats with the resurrected life of Christ. The heart is all about relationship. God values my heart because the clean heart is where relationship happens. This is why we have to be aware of our hearts.
Faith is about Love—love for God, love for others and love for myself, and Love happens within the heart. We can’t be men after God’s own heart without being connected to ours. We must remain honest about ourselves, in the reality of the heart, because the heart is the meeting place of the soul and the spirit. The heart is the seat and center of human life – the place of desires, feelings, passions – and is where the issues of the spirit and the will are settled.
Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 NOG
In my next post, I will show what it is to live in the head versus the heart.