It’s as easy for God to steer a king’s heart for his purposes as it is for him to direct the course of a stream. – Proverbs 22:1 TPT
The way we view our heart, our deepest place, our very core, will dictate how we are influenced by God. The key to being led by the Spirit is acknowledging that you are filled with the Spirit and are a son of God ( see Romans 8:15-17 ). And the same principle applies to the purity of our heart and the ability for it to desire the purposes of God.
What is the heart? Is it not the center of our person? It is not the deep places in us that define who we are? If this is true then we better decide the nature of it.
I have heard this verse quoted many times in order to explain away bad behavior among a believer: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” But how many of us understand that this was written by a guy named Jeremiah, under the old covenant, before the heart circumcision of Christ was available to anyone ( see Jeremiah 17:9 )?
In speaking of the New Covenant, the prophet Ezekiel penned this: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”- Ezekiel 36:26
And even Jeremiah himself, talking of the new Covenant, prophesied this: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”Jeremiah 31:33
We are those people, who have received Christ and therefore received a new spirit and yes a NEW HEART. It’s actually true that our old self was crucified with Christ so that the body of sin might be brought to nothing ( see Romans 6:6 ).
You can not have the Holy Spirit and an evil heart. It doesn’t work that way. His Holiness burns up and immediately destroys everything that is impure and wrong. In order to house a Holy God, we have to be a Holy Vessel. That only happens by or co-crucifixion, burial and resurrection with Christ.
( Don’t believe what I just said? That’s Awesome! See Galatians 2:20; Romans 6; Colossians 2:9-10; 2 Corinthians 6:14 )
So concerning matters of the heart… we are those that carry the heart of a King. We are captivated by and captivate the very core of King Jesus and that is why our hearts are easily steered by His purposes.
If we choose to believe the lie that our hearts desires are evil, then we will never be easily steered by the heart of Holiness. But if we believe that our hears are His, that we are united as one wth Him… Then our easily-steered hearts will accomplish God’s loving purposes on the earth.