From Fathers Heart To Yours
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Abundance of Our Heart

The Abundance of Our Heart

The world is full of words and all of those words have meaning and power. When I look at the Bible, I find a volume of scripture about words and their importance. Scriptures like, life and death are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) In James we are told that the tongue, though very small, is full of deadly poison. (James 3:8). It is also a great fountain that can be full of blessing. (James 3:9-10).
Jesus said out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45). When I look at this, I ask myself, what is my heart full of? David asked God to search his heart to see if there was any wicked way in him. (Psalms 139:23-24). I believe that he wanted this search and revelation of his heart so that he could rid himself of anything occupying space in his heart that was not upright and clean in the sight of God. We all need this search of God; Jeremiah wrote that "the heart is desperately wicked, who can know it?" (Jer. 17:9).
As my heart is examined, I am shown what the abundance of my heart is. What is my heart full of that my mouth wants to talk about? Jesus said that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matt. 6:19-21). Now I can see that the abundance of my heart is also my treasure. Jesus said to lay up treasure in heaven, not on earth. If my treasure is Jesus and the things that pertain to the kingdom of God, then it stands to reason that is where my heart is and that is what my mouth wants to talk about.
When Jesus was here in the flesh, He was always talking of His father and the things of His kingdom. The devil, however, was constantly trying to get Him to speak of something else. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He was enticed to use his mouth and His power for selfish reasons. The religious people were always about asking questions and provoking arguments to get something to come out of Jesus' mouth that they could use against Him.
Now the devil has no new trick. He is using the same tactics on us today. We, just as Jesus did, must purpose in our heart that we are not going to sin with our mouth. (Psalms 39:1, 141:3).
Now God desires us to be honest with Him and with ourselves. (Ps. 51:6). We must have the right treasure in our hearts so our mouth will speak of it. If we fill ourselves with the word of God, if we think about all the wonderful things that God has done and is doing in our lives, our heart will just get full to overflowing with joy. The joyful lips will begin to praise and thank Him! It will be what you want to talk about!
Perhaps you have not known the ways and working of God in your life, and you find it difficult to acknowledge them and thank God for them. I would think though that you have had a relative or acquaintance who knows the work of God. You may remember hearing them speak of God's wonderful love and His mighty deeds in their lives. For me, it was my sister. Just think and perhaps you can remember a witness, a testimony, a time when someone crossed your road of life with a word of God's love and grace.
I am here today to say that what Jesus Christ has done for millions of others, He will also do for you! Maybe you're not a Christian right now but you can become one. Maybe you've never tried asking God to help you with your life but you can now, Maybe you've never been honest in your heart with yourself and God but you can start now. Perhaps you've been laying up the wrong kind of treasure and your heart and mouth are full of the wrong things; that can change today. If you will believe in your heart and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life, you will be saved and all things will become new in your life! (Romans 10:9-10, 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Then your mouth will be used to praise and speak the treasure of His goodness in you! (Psalms 35:28, 19:14, 51:15).