Monday, August 27, 2018

Wonderfully Made - Part 4 - The Heart






Our fourth subject for study in the series is our heart. This is our amazing blood pump, which sends about seven and a half tonnes of blood around our body every single day, delivering this fresh delivery to the tens of trillions of cells in the body through its 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Our hearts beat more than 100,000 times a day to do this job. It is hardly surprising therefore that the human heart has been called one of the biggest engineering miracles in the whole world.

Even the ancients with so little medical knowledge realised how important the heart is. It is often referred to in the Bible as the centre of our affections, desires, wisdom and understanding — hence we read of 'the wise in heart’, also the Lord gave to Solomon 'a wise and understanding heart’. It is seen as the centre of our being. However, the inescapable fact is that man is a sinner, so we read that before Noah’s flood God's verdict of man was that ‘every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually’, Gen. 6. 5, this is the first use of the word heart in the Bible. Even after the flood, man’s heart was unchanged, but God accepted the sacrifice offered up by Noah. And the Lord Jesus explained that, ‘Out of the heart of man proceed evil thoughts’ and every form of wickedness. The law of Moses demanded man should love God with all his heart, but Jeremiah wrote that ‘The heart is deceitful above all things,and desperately wicked: who can know it’?

In his letter to the Christians at Rome, the apostle Paul explained that ‘with the heart man believeth unto righteousness’, showing that true faith in Christ brings a right state with God. As Paul went on to say, ‘if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved’. 

So the heart is the seat of wickedness, but also the source of true faith! Christ died for our sins, and faith in Him saves us, and our sins are then forgiven. 

There is a simple children’s chorus that says:

Into my heart, come into my heart, 
Come into my heart Lord Jesus
Come in today, come in to stay, 
Come into my heart Lord Jesus.’ 
If this is prayed earnestly, then the Lord Jesus will always answer this prayer!

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