When we sit down to something — to eat, work at the computer, study, etc. — it indicates we are set on doing something for a while. There is no flitting about in sitting, unless perhaps we find ourselves in a wheeled office chair rolling around the room from one thing to another. When we are seated, do we have a heart for what we are seated to do? In relation to that we must consider what is seated in the heart. Is it that which brings stability to our life is the heart flitting too easily from one thing to another?


 In Jeremiah we read some words to take to heart as we consider our life focus. We read. . .


 (9) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (10) “I the Lordsearch the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”(Jeremiah 17:9-10 ESV)


 Is our heart properly focused or is it being deceived and drawn away from God. Being aware such can happen should keep us mindful of what is held and nurtured there. God is fully aware of what goes on within our heart and the fruit its condition is set to produce and we need to consider it as well. Understanding the heart is the seat of our thoughts, what characterizes them?


  On an occasion when a paralytic was brought before Jesus, Scribes thought within themselves that He was blaspheming for telling the man his sins were forgiven. Jesus knew their hearts and we read. . .

 (4) But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? (Matthew 9:4 ESV)


  What our heart is most closely attached to will impact the manner in which we process what we hear and see. Because of their mindset, many of the Jewish leaders rejected Jesus as the Messiah regardless of the power witnessed. Ultimately they witnessed this paralytic being instantly healed (Matthew 9:6-7), but was that enough to change their mindset?


 As we consider our heart being the seat of our thoughts, what characterizes them; evil or good? As Paul noted in his letter to the church at Philippi, may our thoughts be characterized by what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8) By so doing the fruit of our deeds will be of the same essence!




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