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Is Your Heart Perfect?
By Brian Price 08/28/2015

"9 And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah.
10 And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father.
12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.
14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days." - 1 Kings 15:9-14

We read here in the Bible about the story of King Asa. King Asa was the daughter of Queen Maachah. Queen Maachah not only was King Asa's mother, but she was also the mother of King Asa's father, Abijam. In other words King Asa's father, Abijam, had fathered a child with his own mother, and as a result of that sin, King Asa was born to the same mother that gave birth to his father.

Now despite his upbringing, the Bible says that King Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. This serves as an example that no matter what your background is, you too can choose to live a life that is pleasing to the LORD.

Although modern thinkers teach that one's thought processes originate from the brain, and from a biological standpoint that may be true, the Bible makes it clear that the origin of one's innermost thoughts and desires come from the spiritual heart of man.

Jesus said in Mark chapter 7, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man."

And throughout the scriptures, we read examples of people in which the Bible describes them as having a heart that is right in the sight of God, or as having a heart that is not right in the sight of God. And sometimes, as in the case of King Asa, the Bible describes people as having a heart that is perfect with God.

And often times we don't even think about how the word heart is used in our language. Just a brief internet search of different news articles brings up such reports as, "Oldest Case Of Heart Failure Found In Ancient Mummy," or "Obama: Virginia shooting 'breaks my heart," or "'My Heart Is Ripped Out': Mother of 8-Year-Old Brooklyn Girl Killed by SUV Begs for Justice."

Two out of three of these news articles refer to a non-physical sort of heart. When one speaks of having his heart ripped out, this is referring to a spiritual heart that contains the deepest feelings and emotions that a person can have. It does not refer to the physical heart that pumps blood.

Even atheists use the term heart to refer to something that is beyond the fleshly organ inside a person. A self-proclaimed bisexual atheist made the following statement, "Your love can be an expression of your faith. Your faith need not be an expression of your hatred. If you hate someone because they don't conform to your beliefs, your beliefs only darken your HEART."

http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Humanism-A-philosophy-as-old-as-the- human-heart-20150615

He's right though. If you are an atheist, for example, and people do not conform to your beliefs (or non-beliefs), your beliefs only darken your heart.

So when we read passages in scripture that refers to someone walking with a perfect heart, this does not mean he is walking with perfect cholesterol. It means that the condition of his spiritual heart is completely void of evil thoughts and intents.

Jesus said in his sermon on the mount, "Blessed are the pure in HEART: for they shall see God."

The epistle of Romans says, "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."

The book of Hebrews says, "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an EVIL HEART of unbelief, in departing from the living God."

King David prayed in the Psalms, "Create in me a CLEAN HEART, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."

The book of Deuteronomy says in chapter 15 verse 9, "Beware that there be not a thought in thy WICKED HEART..."

Peter said to Ananias in the book of Acts, "Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to God? why have you conceived this thing in your heart?"

The book of Proverbs says, "Trust in the LORD with all thine HEART; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

It is clear to see that the perfect heart of which we read about with King Asa refers to his spiritual condition. He did not allow his heart to be filled with evil thoughts. He did not permit things like idolatry, whoredom, and murder to rule his desires. Instead, his heart was filled the peace that passes all understanding.

The book of Philippians says, "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)

If we are to truly and genuinely examine our own hearts, many of us would be shocked at what we would see. We would see someone who is selfish, self-centered, self-serving, and self-absored. The entire focus of this kind of person's heart is self.

But having a perfect heart in the eyes of God means having a heart that is filled with love and compassion towards God and towards other people.

1 Corinthians chapter 13 states that love itself does not think evil. Yet, if we think evil in our hearts, then perhaps we do not have as much love of God in our hearts as we think we do. If you find that your heart is preoccupied with how to get revenge on a person or how you will obtain something you lust for, then perhaps it's time to re-examine your heart, and start fresh with God.

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