To The Heart
a New Testament perspective, we are to be the temple of God. "If
any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the
temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" (I
Corinthians 3:17). Using this analogy, our body
the Outer Court, our soul is the Holy
Place, and the
spirit is the Holy of Holies where the Ark with the
rests. Soul is made up of the mind, will, and emotions as the
Holy Place also has three pieces of furniture: the golden lamp stand,
the table of shew bread, and the altar of incense.
up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this
glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of
The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah"
This a picture of
opening the gates and the doors to allow the Ark of the Covenant to
brought through the Outer Gate and into the Holy of Holies.
Ark itself was made of shittim wood overlaid with pure gold.
The Ark is a picture of Jesus. The wood represents his
and the gold represents his deity.
three entrances: the gate
to the Outer Court (Exodus. 27:16-19), the door/veil to the
(Exodus. 26:36-37, 36:37-38), the veil to the Holy of
Holies ( Exodus
Outer Gate: "And for the
gate of the
court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and
scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their
pillars shall be four, and their sockets four"
Door To The Holy Place: "And
shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple,
and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.
And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and
overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou
shalt cast five sockets of brass for them"
Veil to the Holy of Holies: "And
thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine
twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be
And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid
with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of
silver. And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that
thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the
testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place
and the most holy" (Exodus 26:31-33).
through the five senses: the eye gate, the ear gate, the
gate, the smell gate, and the taste gate. These would be like
the Outer Gate to the tabernacle or temple. For Jesus to come
into one's life, the outer gate first must be opened. The
individual goes to church and hears about Jesus or he reads in the
Word about Jesus. "Search
scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are
they which testify of me" (John 5:39).
Intellectually, he comes to know about
is good, but it is only head knowledge and has not penetrated the
heart at this point. I have known people who have had a lot
head knowledge about Jesus and the Word of God, but the knowledge had
yet to penetrate the heart.
The first door
stands between the Outer Courtyard and the Holy Place. The
of man (mind, will, and emotions) receives and assimilates by means
of the door of the conscience. The conscience must also be
opened. He must have a conscious awareness of the need for
Jesus. He must also be willing to let go of sin. Recently I
spoke with a man living in sin, but was in no wise willing to let go
of the sin. Therefore, the door was not open to receive Jesus
as his Lord.
In the book of Hebrews,
it speaks of two veils. "And
the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all"
(Hebrews 9:3). Again, the first door/veil is that of the
conscience. However, the question is, "What is the door
between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies?" I
have come to see that
second veil is the heart of man. Look at the following
scriptures about the heart.
LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as
be of a contrite spirit" (Psalms 34:18).
when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto
Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall
we do?" (Acts 2:37).
what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy
heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if
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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
with the mouth confession is made unto salvation"
truth of the Gospel must go beyond the mind and penetrate the heart.
When this occurs and the individual gives his life to Jesus
Lord, then Jesus comes into the spirit of the man and the individual
is made alive and becomes a new creation. "Therefore
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed
away; behold, all things are become new" (II
The catch is that the
heart as the inner veil remains, in one sense, standing between the
new man (the new spiritual creation) and the soul (the mind, will,
and emotions). Look at what Jesus said to the church in the
book of Revelation. "Behold,
stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the
door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me"
(Revelation 3:20). Jesus is in the spirit of the Believer and
is knocking on the door to the soul. What is the door between
the spirit and the soul? It can only be the heart.
desires to fellowship with the Believer on a day by day basis.
he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me"
(Luke 9:23). Again, a relationship is established when we
our lives to Jesus, but he also desires to fellowship with us each
and every day. "And ye
me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart"
Holy Of Holies
|The Holy Place||The 1st |
|The East Gate|
|The Inner Man||The Heart||The Soul|
(mind, will, emotions)
|The Body||The Five Senses|
intellect of man only touches
the mind of man. Human knowledge is not the answer here.
Human knowledge may cause one to puff up in pride. "Now as touching things
offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge
puffeth up, but charity edifieth" (I Corinthians
8:1). "Ever learning, and
come to the knowledge of the truth" (II Timothy
3:7). "But the natural man
not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto
him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually
discerned" (I Corinthians 2:14). "But
the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they
are spiritually discerned" (I Corinthians
Therefore the question arises, "What
speaks to the
"heart" of man?"
1. The Word of God.
"It is the spirit that
quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto
you, they are spirit, and they are life" (John
6:63). Jesus taught and preached the Word so that people
have the faith to believe and be healed. "So
then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). "But
what saith it? The word is nigh thee,
even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which
we preach" (Romans 10:8).
2. Healing Words.
The words that we speak out of our heart either bring life of
death. "Death and
life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat
the fruit thereof" (Proverbs 18:21).
sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the
bones" (Proverbs 14:30). The word
translated "sound" is the Hebrew word for healing.
We should have a heart that reaches out to bring healing to
others. "A wholesome
tongue is a
tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit"
(Proverbs 15:4). The word translated for "wholesome" is also
3. Melodious Music.
"And it came to pass, when
the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and
played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil
spirit departed from him" (I Samuel 16:23).
"Speaking to yourselves
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in
your heart to the Lord"
4. A Testimony.
What happened to the Old Testament believers are for our
example. "Now these things
were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things,
as they also lusted" (I Corinthians 10:6).
Furthermore Paul repeated his salvation experience on various
occasions. Jesus spoke to the man who had been set free, "Howbeit
Jesus suffered him not (to follow
but saith unto him,
home to thy friends, and tell
them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had
on thee'" (Mark
5:19). It is difficult to argue with one's testimony.
5. Love. "Hatred stirreth
up strifes: but love
covereth all sins" (Proverbs 10:12). "By
this shall all men know that ye are my
disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John
speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which
is the head, even Christ" (Ephesians 4:15).
him, because he first loved us" (I John 4:19).
When we love others as God has loved us, it may also touch
6. Miracles. "The same
came to Jesus by night, and said
unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no
man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him"
(John 3:2). "And they went
forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and
confirming the word with signs following. Amen"
(Mark 16:20). It is hard to argue with a miracle before your
eyes. The early church prayed that God would minster through
now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that
with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth
thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name
of thy holy child Jesus" (Acts 4:29-30).
7. Parables. In I Samuel 12:1-13, Nathan used a
parable to speak to David's heart concerning his taking the wife of
the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought
and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his
children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay
in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter"
(II Samuel 12:3). Jesus also used many parables.
"And he spake many things
unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow"
8. Prayer. Elisha prayed for his servant. "And
prayed, and said, LORD, I pray
thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of
the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses
and chariots of fire round about Elisha" (II
Kings 6:17). Paul prayed for the eyes of the church of
Ephesus be opened. "The eyes of your
understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of
his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the
saints" (Ephesians 1:18).
9. Inspirational Art. "And
the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name
Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of
Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God,
in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of
workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in
gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of
stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of
workmanship" (Exodus 31:1-5). God
chose Bezaleel to oversee the work of the marvelous tabernacle which
would have been inspiring to see.
10. The awesomeness of creation. (through the beauty and complexity).
"The heavens declare the
glory of God; and
the firmament sheweth his handywork" (Psalms
19:1). We may touch the heart of another by pointing the individual to
the awesomeness of God's creation. "For
the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal
power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse"
11. A Sacrificial
life. Saul, who later became Paul, observed the stoning of
Stephen. "And cast him out
of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes
at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul"
(Acts 7:58). Our lives speak to others. "Having
your conversation honest among the
Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may
by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of
visitation" (I Peter 2:12).
illustrations. Isaiah walked around naked for three years to
illustrate what was to happen to the people.
"And the LORD said, Like
as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a
sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia"
(Isaiah 20:3). Hosea married a young lady that became a prostitute
(Hosea chapters 1-2), in this, he demonstrated God's love for Israel
who had played the role of a prostitute.
13. Tender touch. "And Esau ran to
meet him, and embraced him,
and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept"
(Genesis 33:4). "Greet all
the brethren with an holy kiss"
5:26). In today's western culture, the kiss is not
but often a hug or tender touch is. I know of a "black" man
had been living on the streets who stepped into church. A
young "white" girl child ran up to him and gave him a hug
his leg. This experience broke the race barrier and melted
demonstrations. Jesus washed the feet of the disciples to
illustrate humility in serving others. "After
that he poureth water into a bason,
and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel
wherewith he was girded" (John 13:5). "If I
then, your Lord and Master, have washed
your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet"
(John 13:14). If you come into my office, you will find that
use all kinds of graphic illustrations to communicate to one's heart.
15. Prophecy or Word of
Knowledge. Jesus used a word of knowledge. "The
answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast
well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands;
and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly"
(John 4:17-18). There is a true modern day prophet who
periodically visits and ministers at my church. When gives a
of knowledge and prophesies over individuals, quite often, I see that
their hearts are touched and their lives are changed.
Visions & Dreams. Although we can not "make" or
"cause" anyone to have a vision or dream, we can (1) speak to the
vision or dream that God has already given to them and (2) we may ask
God to give them a vision or dream or (3) share with them a vision or
dream that God has given to us about them. "And it
shall come to pass afterward, that I
will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young
men shall see visions"
For example, I had a client that built up a stone wall about
emotional wounds, but God gave the individual a vivid dream about the
individual's past. Immediately, the individual's heart was
to receive emotional healing.
17. The Anointing. The anointing breaks the yoke.
it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away
from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke
shall be destroyed because of the anointing"
(Isaiah 10:27). "The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach
the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to
preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the
blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To
the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19).
anointing of God upon you may break through to touch another
individual's heart when nothing else will.
18. By Dancing. Dancing may be a form of worship.
him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments
and organs" (Psalms 150:4). "Then
shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together:
for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and
make them rejoice from their sorrow" (Jeremiah
31:13). Since dancing may come from the heart, it may also
touch the heart of another.
19. A Gift. "A
man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men"
(Proverbs 18:16). A gift may open the heart of another when
words fall short. "A
gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath"
(Proverbs 21:14). A gift goes beyond the intellect to touch
20. Friendship. "A
friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity"
(Proverbs 17:17). "A
man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend
that sticketh closer than a brother"
(Proverbs 18:24). A beautiful example of this is the
between David and Jonathan. They entered into a covenant with
each other because of their love for one another. Even after
death of Jonathan, David reached out to the household of Saul because
of Jonathan's friendship with him.
21. The Fear Of The Lord. "And
of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save
with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment
spotted by the flesh" (Jude 1:22-23).
We would like
to think that everyone will respond when we extend love toward them,
but everyone doesn't. Some will only respond when they
their wrong actions to their consequences. "As the bird by wandering, as
the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come"
(Proverbs 26:2). Some must start with the fear of the Lord.
of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and
instruction" (Proverbs 1:7).
heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go
for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me"
(Isaiah 6:8). After volunteering, the question is, "What way
ways should you use to minister to the heart of the individual whose
life needs a touch from God?" The answer is that you should
and ask God.