The Content and Intents of the Heart.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting. Psalm 139:23, 24. 

Hebrews 4:12 says, for the Word of god is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Webster’s thesaurus defines the word “Intents” to mean “purpose, aim, determination, and plans” (of the heart). The word “contents” means “ingredient, matter contained, its components, elements, subject matter, and substance.”

So from this verse we see all that our hearts contain is the sum total of who we really are. We live and speak by the contents of our hearts. What our hearts contain seeks to assert its power to operate in and through us.

Proverbs 23:7 says, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Is that something beneficial or detrimental to our walk with our Lord Jesus? I would like to suggest that a complete heart inspection is called for to answer this question.contents and intents

Many people are destroyed because they are unaware of the hidden desires of their hearts. Our Lord Jesus came from the contents of God the Father’s heart for the sole purpose of dwelling in the hearts of man. Therefore when God the Father views our hearts, He expects to see our Lord Jesus there! Where is the kingdom of God? According to Luke 17:21 it is within us.

Most of us have been told for years to focus on sin, to war, struggle, rebuke, and fight sin, when we should have been taught to focus where God is focused—our hearts—where the real battles rages. Have you taken time to search out all the things that lie deep within your heart?

Referring to Hebrews 4:12 says, for the Word of god is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God reveals the intents and contents of the heart of God towards man. The Word of god is designed to seed and grow within the heart of man. The Bible voices God’s concern, purpose, and intent for mankind.

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 says, All Scripture is given by inspiration of god, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect (fully mature) thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Listen to this next point: (spoken to a captive audience, prison house humor at Lewis Prison, Gila Bend Arizona) the intent of our heart determines what the sin is—even if there is no physical “sin act.” The intent to sin is seeded within the contents of the heart, which produces vivid thoughts and imaginations, which results in heart sins and or outward sins of the flesh, in god’s sight, we never have to actually commit the act to be guilty of the crime.

Matthew 5:28 gives an example: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. What? Does this saying of Jesus mean that we can commit a sin, even adultery, within our soul and not just bodily? The answer is yes!

From this Scripture we can conclude that it is not the acts of the flesh that determine the sin, but the inward status of the heart. God is focused on our heart’s motives, intents, thoughts, and imaginations; by them He determines the sin. Most Christians are flesh focused and sin –conscience while God is heart focused and destiny minded.

This Scripture reveals that sin is first an act of the heart. The character, motives, intents, and purposes of the heart are what God judges. Again Proverbs 23:7, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. That’s why it is so very important that what’s contained in the Scriptures become firmly rooted in the deep recesses of our hearts.

Let’s take a closer look at the content of our hearts. The heart is God’s creation and design, the engine and life of human body naturally and spiritually. It determines purpose, character, destiny and eternal life. The heart is a vessel of extreme intimacy it contains vast knowledge and unlimited memory base. It is the fountain of wisdom and understanding. The heart makes decisions and holds our purposes, thoughts and will. Proverbs 27:19 declares, as in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

I believe this means that when we study our hearts our heart studies us; when we look at our heart, it looks back at us. When we speak to our heart, it speaks back to us. The intents of the heart reflect our desires, motives, contents and influence the heart towards righteousness or unrighteousness, godliness or ungodliness. Intents and contents are inseparable.

A meaningful investigation of the contents of the heart will lead to an exploration of the intents as well. Intents are intense and powerful, they show up in one’s character, attitude, and temperament.

We have an example from the book of Daniel. Daniel was shown to have an excellent spirit because his intent was to please God. Because of this Daniel was used mightily. Daniel’s good intents and contents protected his heart from the lion’s den he found himself in and was a defense against the enemy’s attack on his integrity and service to God.

The intent of Daniel’s heart created a desire to not defile himself with food from the king’s table. The contents of Daniel’s heart were revealed by his intents to remain faithful and obedient to the will of God. Godly intents of the heart propel us into God’s presence (gives us intimacy) and ensures His continued protection as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, famine, and destruction. Godly intents ensure our eternal position and soundness of character.

In closing we must practice discovering the true intents and contents of our hearts in and through the presence of the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 says, for the weapons of our warfare are not, carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalthe itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Father God must see His Son within our hearts, and we must give Him all of our hearts and allow Him to build within us His kingdom, daily, our hearts must be turned to and tuned in with God’s purpose and kept in a “Yes, Lord” position.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Naomi Colbert
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 19:16:07

    Wonderful! God’s continued blessing upon your life, health, finances, family, and future in JESUS name! God bless you!


  2. Chris
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 20:04:41

    Amen, Manny.

    Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.


  3. kingintraining
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 16:14:18

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, what an excellent post! Such a great reminder when I pray, thank you


    • Mannyr
      Aug 13, 2013 @ 18:34:35

      It is a subject dear to my heart. Our Lord is a heart conscience person. After all He said, “I have come to heal the brokenhearted,…”


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