Thoughts Become Things Part 2: My Heart’s Capacity
Mark 4:20 (VOICE) Those last seeds—those sown into good soil? Those people hear the word, accept it, meditate on it, act on it, and bear fruit—a crop 30, 60, or 100 times larger.
DEVELOPING OUR HEART’S CAPACITY
Malachi 3:6 (CEV) I am the Lord . . . and I never change.
The question is not, “Will God heal me?” God is 100% predictable. The answer is yes. The real question is, “What can my heart receive? What can my heart conceptualize?” God’s promises must become believable.
Mark 9:22-24 (CW) Many times the demon has thrown him into a fire to burn him or into the water to drown him. If you can do anything, please have mercy on us and help him!” Jesus said to the father, “It’s not a question of if I can. It’s a question of whether you believe I can.” The father cried out, “Teacher, I do believe, but please help me overcome my unbelief!”
Believing may require repentance, forgiveness, meditation, or even reconciliation.
Matthew 5:8 (AMP) Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous–possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
You’re blessed when you get your inside world–your mind and heart–put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. – MSG
Proverbs 17:20 (KJV) He that hath a froward heart findeth no good . . .
“Froward,” in the Hebrew means, “twisted or distorted.” We must replace “twisted” beliefs (aka satan’s lies), with God’s truth.
Proverbs 17:20 (GNT) Anyone who thinks and speaks evil can expect to find nothing good—only disaster.
THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD
Hebrews 4:12 (TLB) For whatever God says to us is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are.
. . . the word of God . . . is a sifter and analyzer of the reflections [meditations] and conceptions of the heart. – WUEST
. . . [God’s Word] exerts a divine authority, in controlling irregularities and disorders which no human eye can penetrate. – DODD
Until your heart can conceptualize victory, you will not walk in victory. It is not a matter of can God give you the victory. He already has in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).
1 John 5:4 (KJV) “. . . this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
It’s NOT a matter of what can God do. It’s what can our heart see through the eyes of faith.
Psalm 139:23-24 (CW) O Lord, search my heart; test me so I can know my thoughts as you know them. Let me know if there is any wicked way in me, and then help me walk in the way I should go.