What do the heart and the devil have in common?
Both are deceitful and wicked.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? Jeremiah 17.9
Jesus spoke of the heart as the source of evil thoughts:
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. Matthew 15.19
Paul considers the works of the flesh as being thoughts of the heart:
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5.19-21
Therefore, the heart and the flesh are the same.
The works of the flesh and thoughts of the heart are the same.
We can say that those born of the flesh and those born of the heart are the same.
Those born of the heart were formed by emotions just as those born of the flesh were formed by emotions.
This kind of “Christian” likes messages with a strong emotional appeal.
They like a pastor that turns a blind eye.
They like to stand out, receive praise and be acknowledged.
When this doesn’t happen, their fervent hearts become sad and even abandon the faith…
Those born of the flesh are pure emotion.
They feel good while in church, but feel cold in the faith once they leave.
They live by what they feel or do not feel. For this reason, they aren’t able to overcome themselves, much less the world.
They were deceived by a faith that comes from the heart. Time ends up revealing their frustrations.
Their faith is guided by emotions, not the Bible.
Their faith was born in the heart and comforted by emotions. There, it flourished and continues to nurture itself.
Emotional advice, emotional music, emotional meetings, emotional praises; this is, their faith is a fruit of their emotions. It is like foam. They are never able to obey the Word of God or endure the afflictions, tribulations, and trials of the deserts.
This kind of faith does not have the courage to hold the sword and defend it. Instead, they defend their denomination, the pastor, but never their belief.
Their cowardice causes them to accept everything, except to fight. They even accept a partnership with evil, just so they don’t have to confront him.
The faith of the heart is like cosmetics. It melts in the heat of battle. It covers the person’s ears to the sound of the trumpet, and he runs from the outcry of war.
How could the Spirit of God count with such people?
Religions and religious people are like this. Conscious or unconsciously, they work in collusion with hell.
Many people sustain a faith that is heated by a blanket of emotion; others, by the coldness of tradition. But there are also those who make no difference at all, they are warm in the faith.
However, contrary to the sensations of religious faith, intelligent faith surfaces. This kind of faith thinks, evaluates, meditates and assesses.
This faith believes that God cannot lie or take back what He promised. He will do exactly as He promised.
This class of faith does not look to the circumstances; it does not look back, or to the sides. It moves forward, no matter the cost.
As an example, the apostle Paul used his intelligent faith together with the thoughts of God. And left precious advice:
…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal… Philippians 3.13-14
To Timothy, he said:
…I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day. 2 Timothy 1.12
He knew, not felt, in Whom He was believing.
How about you? Have you known (intellect) or felt (heart) Who you have believed?