Listen to Yourself to Know Your Heart
- Date: July 4, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:45)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. It is the heart issues, here, that we are really talking about. What is in there comes out! Then we say, "Well, I didn't really mean it. Well, I'm sorry I said that." Well, it is fine to apologize. It is even fine to bring about a reconciliation of damages that have been done. But has your heart changed? Is that thing going to come out again next week and next week and next week? Listen to yourself. It is not about whether it is verbalized. It is whether it exists in your heart. That is what you're going to be judged for. As he speaks to us here and is admonishing us in these things, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
Practically, we are talking about, "How do I do this? How do I change my life pattern? How do I stop running my mouth, criticizing people, shooting my mouth off and always having to give my opinions?" Change what you are putting into your heart! Stop putting so much of you in there. "As a man thinketh, so is he." Brethren, "Be [anxious] for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7). He goes on in verse 8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." "As a man thinks...so is he." Think on these things.
Find an individual, a circumstance, that for some reason you have gotten yourself crossways with. Sit down and find out in this person's life, or in this situation, find everything that is true and honest and just and pure and lovely, good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy, and think on those things. Love thinks no evil. It does not demand its own. It does not behave itself unseemly. Love of self does. We have to change what we are putting in.
We have heard the old adage, right? "You are what you eat." We are what we eat in our spirit, aren't we? Listen, he says, we saw it in James: you can't get fresh water and brackish water out of the same well! Why is so much brackish water coming out of us? What does that make us? "Well, thank God, I'm saved but I'm just not sanctified yet." This is not a sanctification issue. "As a man thinketh (predominantly, the issues that we hold to with conviction), so is he." "By their fruits, (let's change that to "words"), you shall know them." He didn't say in James, "shouldn't." He didn't say that fresh water and brackish water shouldn't come from the same heart. He said it can't. If we are not horrified, if we are not seeing the sinfulness of our sin, that self-deception-if our light be darkness, how great is that deception, that darkness! You can't do that stuff and be right with God and inherit the kingdom of God! That is how important this thing is.
He goes on and he talks to us. He says, "Here are the things that I want you to speak about. Put them in there in abundance. If there be any praise, think upon these things." We want to move in the great revelations of Paul, and the revelation knowledge of the epistles. We want to know the power and the anointing of Paul in our lives, but he finishes this list for us and says, "Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you" (Philippians 4:9). Now, he just gave us a whole list here, and he said, "Here is what I want you to emulate in my life. You want to be like me?" Didn't the man tell us, "Follow me, as I follow Christ"? Here we are 2,000 years later, the church, and we are still following this man, Paul, as he followed Christ. "Here is what I want you to think about. Here is what I want you to fill your mind with."