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Get Real!

Search me, O God, and know my heart… Psalm 139:23 NRSV

BusinessmanSome people are hard to read. They seldom speak their minds, and carefully guard their public image. You know there is more to them than meets the eye. But it’s hard to peek beneath the surface and get a glimpse of what’s really going on inside of them.

Jesus’ followers don’t really have that luxury. In fact, I would go so far as to say that many of us want to be known. We want to stop being pretentious. We want to be loved for who we are, and become what God created us to be. So we have laid ourselves bare before the throne of grace, and invited Jesus to redeem and restore us from the inside out.

MP900438486[1]How nice it is to be able to live a life that is honest and open before God. What a relief it is to not have to pretend or put on false fronts. What a joy it is to be a real and genuine person!

Today we can continue to pray the prayer the psalmist prayed. We can get real with God. We can continue to invite God to look into the inner recesses of our hearts and minds. We can continue to allow God to know us, and shape and mold us.

So why not invite God to take a look inside? Let God meet you where you really are. Then just watch what God’s grace can do!

 

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Where It Begins

One of the simplest, but most powerful songs sung by Christians is Lord, I Want to be a Christian. Those who sing it express their heartfelt desire to not just be a follower of Jesus Christ, but to be more loving, and to be more like Jesus. The refrain simply repeats, “In my heart, in my heart…”

That tells me faith begins in the heart. Knowing the truth and living by the truth are critical. But it is what I believe in my heart, and who I lovingly embrace in my heart that matters most.

So look into your heart, and make room for Jesus!

 

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The Heart of Things

He looked around them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. Mark 3:5 NRSV

MC900444825[1]During Jesus’ ministry he encountered many who refused to believe he was the Messiah. Not surprisingly, they also had trouble recognizing their need for his saving grace, redeeming love and healing power.

Through signs, wonders and the resurrection, Jesus gave ample evidence of his true identity and mission. An open and unbiased examination of his life and teachings would lead most to recognize that he was not just another religious radical or Jewish heretic. But Jesus encountered many who were unwilling to examine his claims and miracles in an open and unbiased way.MP900443384[1]

Jesus recognized and rebuked those who sought to discredit him. He knew their real  problem was not just a lack of faith, but a hard-heartedness in their hearts. They were puffed up with self-conceit. With all they had going for them, they thought they had no need for the hope, help and healing Jesus was offering.

On the same day Jesus dealt with these hard-hearted men, he met a man who not only had a need, but had a heart that was open to receiving whatever Jesus was willing to give. Recognizing his need for healing, and seeing that his heart was ready to respond, Jesus helped him.

MC900434722[1] An open heart is a heart that recognizes its need for help and healing. It’s a heart that acknowledges its need for God’s love, grace and power. An open heart is a heart that welcomes Jesus Christ, listens to what he has to say, willingly receives all that he has to give, and then responds to his call!

It really is a matter of the heart. Jesus did all that had to be done. Now it’s up to us.

It’s a matter of the heart!

The question is, are we going to allow Jesus to step into our life each and every day? Are we going to seek out the healing power, redeeming grace and abundant life he offers? Or are we going to fall back into a spirit of self-sufficiency, and keep Jesus at arm’s length?

Are you keeping Jesus at arm’s length?

It all depends on the heart. May we be always aware of our need for Jesus, always ready to respond to his call, and willing to receive the love, grace and power he came to give!

Open Your Heart To Jesus, Today!

Prayer:

Son of God and Savior of the world, I need you, and I have put my faith in you. Come and fill me with the love you give, with the peace you offer and the power you promise!

Amen.

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Got Trouble?

Perfumed scents lift the heart, but trouble can tear the soul to pieces. Proverbs 27:9 adapted

Trouble comes and trouble goes. The trick is not letting trouble trip you up, or tear your life apart.MP900407536[1]

What do you do when the storms of life rain on your parade?

When David was in trouble, he fell on his knees and cried out to God. When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, he put his faith into action. When Jesus was confronted by his enemies, he gave them a sobering dose of truth.

The Bible’s great figures of faith did not let life’s trials and tribulations compromise their faith. Instead, they put their faith into action. In the end, God gave the guidance, power and sustenance they needed. With God’s help, and an active faith, they were able to flourish during those most difficult times!

MP900337409[1]Our faith can function like a sweet perfume. The scent it gives off can lift the spirit. It can open our eyes to hope. It can draw our minds closer to the truth. It can empower us with God’s Spirit.

I don’t want any trouble. But when trouble comes, this verse reminds me that no matter how bad things get, I can cover myself in a heart-lifting, mind-renewing, spirit-energizing faith!

Let Your Faith Lift Your Heart!