Where Did I Put My Heart? (Treasure – Part 4)

I am constantly putting things down on my way to do something, and struggling with their retrieval. It can be very frustrating, so I am trying to learn to think about where I place things. When I put my glasses down, I say out loud (so my ears are in on the project) “My glasses are on the radiator cover,” or “the TV remote is in the refrigerator.” You get the idea.

Jesus says:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NASB)

Today I want to highlight the tail end of this little passage. Where is your heart?

You control your affections. You are the one who places your heart. I know this runs hard against western thought. After all we are a people who fall in love, are driven crazy, and inherit tempers.

I get that there are emotions that can take us by surprise, and that our feelings can get ahead of us. But feelings ARE NOT REAL! Don’t tune out here. I am not saying they don’t exist, I am just saying they are known liars, or at the very least exaggerationists.

Have you ever said (or thought) “you make me so mad!”?

WRONG! Until you take responsibility for your heart, your life will always seem out of control. [Tweet This]

Peter actually tells us that a heart can be trained! Did you know that?

…having a heart trained in greed… (2 Peter 2:14 NASB)

This tells me we can train our hearts in compassion, in forgiveness, in love, in generosity. We could train our hearts in the fruit of the Spirit.

How you ask?

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 NASB)

Train your heart – choose what you treasure wisely.

Thanks for coming by today.

Ben

0 thoughts on “Where Did I Put My Heart? (Treasure – Part 4)

  1. Caddo Veil

    This is excellent, Ben--I especially love the part about my feelings being exaggerationists (if not outright liars). It's true, I'm a drama queen and I often use it for the purpose of humor--but I could stand some work, some meditation on Phil 4:8-9. So, thank you very much, as always, brother. God bless you and the fam--love, sis Caddo

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Good afternoon! I sure don't agree with folks who deny feelings exist, we just need to be aware of their bad reputation for fogging the truth.

      Have a great afternoon.

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  2. Debbie

    I love the truth that we can train our hearts, choose our affections! Really great stuff, Ben. You are so good at showing us these scriptures in a way that changes everything! God bless you!

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  3. Debbie

    Hi Ben!
    I have a Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle mix) named Henry VIII.
    At 7 months I took him to Obedience 101 classes. We worked for 30 minutes every day on the simple commands. He was a star.
    At 13 months he joined a Pet Therapy class and easily passed, becoming a certified Pet Therapy dog.
    That was 5 years ago. Henry hasn't forgotten one bit of his training - even the things we almost never practice anymore.
    I can't say the same about my heart as it's often forgotten. You're so right. It takes continual training.
    Great post.

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