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Heart reflects the man
NLT: As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
NKJV: As in water face reflects face, So a man's heart reveals the man.
Definition of the heart
Hebrew #3820 leb (pronounced lave)
Greek #2588 kardia
inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding
inner part, midst
soul, heart (of man)
mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory
inclination, resolution, determination
seat of appetites
seat of emotions and passions
seat of courage
The soul and the spirit make up the heart man
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.
Merimos - To distinguish one part from another, to divide, to distribute
Heb 4:12 God bearing witness with them both by signs and wonders, and by various miracles and distributions of the Holy Spirit, according to His will. BLB
Heart affects our behavior
We do can do something with our whole heart Ps 111:1
We reason in our heart Lk 5:22
We say things to ourselves in our heart Lk 12:45
Heart can be divided, fickle, unfaithful Hos 10:2
Heart can be broken Ps 34:18
We can harden our heart; Hbr 3:15 While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
We speak what is in our heart Matt 12:34
Heart can be troubled
Anxiety in the heart causes depression Prov 12:25
The heart is like a vessel, it can hold things and it can be broken, it can be softened, it can be hardened, it can be healed and made whole.
Ps 31:12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.
Heart has rooms and doors, just like the atrium, ventricles and valves of our natural heart
Pro 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
H2315 chedar - chamber, room, parlor, innermost or inward part
Valves are like doors
Psa 24:7-9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King
of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty
in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King
of glory shall come in.
gates refers to the opening and closing of our heart
Our will opens and closes the door of our heart
Gen 4:7 "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door.
And its desire [is] for you, but you should rule over it."
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Enemy looks for places that are broken to enter John 10:1-2
Heart stores what we treasure, what we believe, what we count as true
Heart follows after what it treasures (values)
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Bible is full of pictures of the healing of the broken heart
Book of Nehemiah
Song of Solomon
Sometimes we know what is in our heart and sometimes we bury things so deep they are no longer part of our conscious mind.
Ps 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for He knows the secrets of the heart.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits
Jesus said, For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matt 12:34
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