God communicates primarily to the heart

The Hebrew word for heart is ‘leb’ (3820) or lebab (3824). It has the meanings of inner man, mind, will or heart. (Brown, Driver, Briggs 2003) Just as Hollywood is said to be the heart of the film industry in the USA, the heart is the centre of a person, the seat of their emotions, where they express their most intimate thoughts and make their deepest decisions. In this respect it has the same sort of connotations in English as “gut feeling” has.

1 Sam 1:13 is an example of this “As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk.” Hannah was childless and taunted because of this by her husband’s other wife. So she cried out secretly in her heart to God who heard her cry and answered her.

Another example of this is in Gen 24:45 when Abraham’s servant prays in his heart to God for a wife for Isaac.

“As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man.” Proverbs 27:19

Mt 5:27+28 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery;’ but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Luke 6:45 “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”

The heart is the place inside where you mutter to yourself what you really think. It is where we go to fantasise about things both holy and unholy. It says of Mary, just after the birth of Jesus, that she “Treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 It also says that “During supper the Devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon to betray Him.” John 13:2 This is why we are told to “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.” Prov 4:23

“For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” Mt 6:21

“If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” Ps 66:18

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Mt 5:8

A question to ponder: What type of treasure is your heart full of at the moment?

1. Introduction.
2. God's nature as creator and communicator.
3. The role of the Bible.
4. Turn aside when you notice something.
5. Be careful what you worship.
6. The Holy Spirit quickens things.
7. Hide and seek using parables.
8. Ask the Holy Spirit.
9. The inner room is where we meet with God.
10. The importance of peace and stillness.
11. Don't hurry God will speak.
12. Waiting and longing takes us higher to a place where God acts.
13. What price do we have to pay?
14. Holding a word for a time and part of the whole picture.
15. How do we know it's from God/Act in faith?
16. Jesus is open to persuasion!
17. The Language God uses to communicate.
18. God communicates through our sensory organs.
19. God communicates primarily to the heart.
20. God offends our mind to change our heart.
21. Listening depends on your heart attitude.
22. Circumcision is the cure to a hard heart!
23. Listen to your heart
24. Eyes.
25. Lift up your eyes.
26. Make sure your vision is clear.
27. Ears/hearing the voice of the Lord.
28. Reach for higher levels.
29. How God communicates - impressions.
30. Seeing with the eyes of your heart.
31. Visions.
32. Open visions.
33. Trances.
34. Signs.
35. Dreams.
36. Conclusion.
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