1. Preface

By Vincent C. Finnegan

God wants your heart. He sees, not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance. God looks on the heart and deals with man accordingly.


  • “After the race, I thought my heart was going to explode.”
  • “If it takes all night, we are going to get to the heart of this matter.”
  • “The nurse had heart for people like few I’ve ever seen!”
  • “When everyone else quit, he kept on going. That boy has heart.”

The physical organ in the human body, cause, compassion, and endurance out of intestinal fortitude are all very different uses in today’s spoken language of the same word: “heart.” The context tells us its meaning. In like manner, the word “heart” in the Bible has different usages, determined by its context. This study concerns itself with the heart as the center of your personal life, the heart of your mind which determines the issues of your life. This heart is the control center, the cause which influences all the effects of life.

A Christian receives many great spiritual realities with the gift of holy spirit. Galatians 4:6 states, “…God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts….” This aspect of the gift and all other aspects received with the new birth are ours to use. However, what is ours spiritually does not automatically come into manifestation in our lives. We have the responsibility by our free will to evidence the gift in our lives.

The spirit of His son in your hearts has no automatic impact on the heart of your personal life. The heart is always determined by your freewill believing. To have your heart be Christ-like is your responsibility. The heart of your personal life is the source of all life.

Chapter One — The Source of All Life