mini devotional: the one about our hearts

ridiculously early mini devotional time ☺️
“Then ADONAI will be king over the whole world. On that day ADONAI will be the only one, and his name will be the only name.”
‭‭Z'kharyah (Zec)‬ ‭14:9‬ ‭CJB‬‬
this verse inspires me to make God the Lord/Master of my heart.
3 verses that talk about hearts stand out to me:
  • Psalm 119:36,Bend my heart toward your instructions and not toward selfish gain.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6,Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:5May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.
From these we see that we should allow God to direct our hearts, which makes sense because our hearts are deceitful (Jer. 17:9). And if our hearts are deceitful and we want to be live truthfully and not live a lie, then we need to ask God to lead our hearts.
what does this mean in real life (application/why should we care)? it means that we shouldn't be led by the emotions our hearts create: insecurity, guilt, fear, anger, distrust, etc. because we know our hearts lie and because Proverbs 23:7a tells us

"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."

Jesus also emphasizes this in Matthew 15:18-20.
We act out what we believe to be true and these beliefs come from our hearts. (if we believe we aren't valuable, then our actions will reflect our inner insecurity; if we believe we aren't forgiven, we'll drown in guilt; if we fear, it reflects our inner distrust of God & His plan & His promises to us; etc.)
let's allow God to be King 👑 over our hearts today so we can do His will and be led by the truth.
Song for meditation:
King of My Heart, Kutless