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My Heart belongs to Jesus!

The heart in the bible seems to be very important; in the old testament its mentioned nearly 800 times, in the new testament is mentioned more than 160 times (depending on the version). After hearing is where all the spiritual action takes place. It’s where the faith occurs is where we meditate if we will accept the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and is where the baptism occurs.

set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:22

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
Galatians 4:6

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10

We will look at the functions of the heart according to the bible.

The heart is where the mental process occurs; our thoughts (Luke 2:19) our secrets (Romans 8:27;1 Corinthians 14:25), our intentions, our knowledge (2 Corinthians 3:3), our understanding (Philipians 4:7).

The heart is where our emotions are (2 Corinthians 2:4; Philemon 1:7)

The heart is where our worship is (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)

The heart is where the conscious is (Acts 2:37; 1 Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 10:22; 1 John 3:20)

The heart is where repentance and obedience takes place (Acts 8:22; Romans 2:5; Romans 6:17)

The heart is where the faith is, where we believe or don’t believe (Mark 11:23; Acts 8:37; Acts 16:14; Romans 10:6; Romans 10:8; Romans 10:9; Romans 10:10; Ephesians 3:17; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 3:12; Hebrews 10:22). With our whole heart we either believe or not, we have two examples believing with faith consequently receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Acts 8:37

He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. Acts 16:30-33

The heart is where the baptism, purification, receiving of the Holy Spirit takes place (Acts 15:8-9; Romans 5:5; 2 Timothy 2:22; James 4:8; 1 Peter 1:22; Hebrews 10:22)

After hearing is where we either have faith or don’t if we do decide to accept is where the baptism purification of the Holy Spirit takes place. When our hearts get baptised our conscious which is part of our heart purifies (Hebrews 10:2 and Titus 3:5). Peter speaks about the baptism that takes place in our heart that cleanses our counscious.

and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. 1 Peter 3:20

In Acts we have two examples of the baptism of the Holy Spirit taking place in the hearts after having hearing having faith and through the confesion of Jesus’ name.

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit…Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:37-38 and 41

One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized Acts 16:14-15

In these two passages we have examples of how faith comes through hearing, when we hear we either believe or don’t and if we do accept we get baptised by the Holy Spirit thus making our hearts clean only through Jesus’ name.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

In this passage it tells us to purify our hearts and how do we do that? We can do it just like Paul did getting baptised.

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized Acts 9:17-18

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. Acts 22:16

Ananias told Paul to cleanse his sins and we know that water baptism can’t do that only the Holy Spirit can remit the sins of our hearts.

God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Acts 15:8-9

The one and only baptism takes place in our hearts.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

The Holy Spirit cleans our conscious and water cleanses our bodies not our conscious.

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water Hebrews 10:22

The heart is very important because is what God wants from us.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37

Jesus (the husband) wants the pure heart of his church (bride). The ones that have allowed the Holy Spirit to baptise them thus purifying their hearts are the blessed ones.

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

Are we ready to allow the Holy Spirit to baptise us to purify our hearts just like the examples in the bible?

Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved.
How long will you harbor wicked thoughts? Jeremiah 4:14