God Stimulates the Arrangements of Our Heart

Proverbs 16:1 Dissected & Defined

“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.”

Dissected & Defined

Preparations are acts of arrangement. Your heart is your meditator. An answer of the tongue is a verbal audible response of your thoughts.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase:

While using the definition of preparation as an act of arrangement, we see Solomon realized a hard to understand truth. He understood how God sometimes places man under His control in order to maintain His sovereignty over all. 

Let me explain. The word “arrange” means to put into an order. The heart is where we do our thinking. So we learn that the arrangements of our thinking are intended to be stimulated by God. 

Your Heart Is The Information You Have Opened

Since God has a particular way He wants us to act. In order for us to yield to those desires of God, we are going to have to talk right and think right. Hence the heart is not where you store acquired information, it is where you dwell on certain information that you have chosen to download from your mind. So we see your mind is your computer; your heart is your desktop. It’s the information you have opened in the computer of your mind. 

These open thoughts come from the random grabbing of information we have filed in our minds. God intends these files to be in a particular order. If they are arranged properly you respond right. If they are not arranged properly, your mind will not be arranged, but rather deranged. 

A Deranged Mind Is Out Of Order

Therefore a deranged mind is out of order. This will lead the heart to grab the wrong file in times of adversity and dwell on improper thoughts. Having done this, we will say wrong things. God designs the arrangement for our thought and actions. He can force us to stay focused on these arrangements in order to keep us in check. Or, we can discern His proper arrangement for our thoughts and choose to let that “mind be in you.”

So think what we want and have God intervene or think what He wants and have the mind of Christ. Now that’s a nice arrangement. 

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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