Broken And Fixed Hearts

Psalms 34:18a: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; . . .

Some of Strong*s definitions of broken: burst (literally or figuratively), break down, break off, break in pieces, break up, brought to the birth, crushed, destroyed, hurt, etc.

Psalms 57:7: My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

Some of Strong*s definitions of fixed: to be erect (stand perpendicular); (causatively) to set up, establish, fix, prepare, apply, (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous) firm, be fitted, be fixed, be meet, perfect, (be or make) ready or right, etc.

F. Whitfield:

The worst of all mockeries is a religion that leaves the heart unchanged: a religion that has everything but the love of Christ enshrined in the soul.

Author unknown:

The heart of the human being longs for God, and logic demands (a) divine existence.

Author unknown:

There exists a God-shaped hole in the heart of every man that can only be filled by Him.

Rufus H. McDaniel:

What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought, since Jesus came into my heart.

The Bible gives a lot of attention to the human heart. It seldom refers to the muscle in our chests that pumps blood around our bodies. Our hearts are the real and eternal essence of the persons we are. The Bible says a great deal about the differences between the hearts of lost souls and those of saved souls. The only One who can fix the heart of a lost soul is God Himself.

Proverbs 21:1: The king*s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

I asked the Lord to be my heart surgeon when I received Jesus. Perhaps that is why I love the passages in the Bible that speak of what Jesus does in and to our hearts when we receive Him. We find wonderful descriptions in the Bible of His work in and on our hearts. Hearts with Christ in them and hearts without Him are polar opposites.

Many individuals believe that they have received Jesus who have not. They have believed that they could receive a Jesus who would not correct their heart or change their lives and behavior. They have received a false Jesus. They have received a Jesus who they believe permits them to remain what they want to be rather than what He wants them to be. They have received a Jesus who is a bandaid rather than a heart surgeon.

Ezekiel 14:3a: Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, . . .

Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .

Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Acts 15:8-9: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them (the Gentiles) witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (the Jews) 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Luke 6:45: 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.

Psalms 73:26: My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Hebrews 3:12: Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Romans 10:9-10: That 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

1 King 8:61: Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

Psalms 119:32: I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

The heart of the believer is Christ*s garden. He bought it with His precious blood, and He enters it and claims it as His own. A garden implies separation. It is not the open common; it is not a wilderness; it is walled around, or hedged in. Would that we could see the wall of separation between the church and the world made broader and stronger. It makes one sad to hear Christians saying, *Well, there is no harm in this; there is no harm in that,* thus getting as near to the world as possible. Grace is at a low ebb in that soul which can even raise the question of how far it may go in worldly conformity. A garden is a place of beauty, it far surpasses the wild uncultivated lands. The genuine Christian must seek to be more excellent in his life than the best moralist, because Christ*s garden ought to produce the best flowers in all the world. Even the best is poor compared with Christ*s deservings; let us not put Him off with withering and dwarf plants. The rarest, richest, choicest lilies and roses ought to bloom in the place which Jesus calls His own. The garden is a place of growth. The saints are not to remain undeveloped, always mere buds and blossoms. We should grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Growth should be rapid where Jesus is the Husbandman, and the Holy Spirit the dew from above. A garden is a place of retirement. So the Lord Jesus Christ would have us reserve our souls as a place in which He can manifest Himself, as He doth not unto the world. O that Christians were more retired, that they kept their hearts more closely shut up for Christ! We often worry and trouble ourselves, like Martha, with much serving, so that we have not the room for Christ that Mary had, and do not sit at His feet as we should. The Lord grant the sweet showers of His grace to water His garden this day.

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