When Your Heart is in the right place, you will go the right place, say the right things, associate with the right people and get the right result.
It does not mean life will be rosy or comfortable, or smooth-sailing. You will face opposition and some struggle, but they will be opportunities to see the power, sovereignty, beauty and presence of God.
We were created by Him and for Him. He gives us rest and fulfillment. Outside Him, we will be famished, restless like a fish out of a sea or like an eagle 🦅 in a cage. He loves us with an Everlasting love, unconditional love, Agape love.
Little wonder He said, “My Son, give me your heart.” Life is spiritual. God is a Spirit. We hail from His breath. But we wandered away from Him. Only He can satisfy, give us peace and restore us. Only the Prince of Peace can give us peace profound.
My son, give me your heart. My daughter, give me your heart. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone will hear My voice and open the door, I will come in and dine with him and he with Me. Let me into your heart. And I will give you a New Beginning, a New Start, a New Song. The old will go and the new will come. You will pass from death to life. You will become a New Creation.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. And how wonderful if I am your treasure and your heart is in My hands! How glorious and victorious you will be if I am your treasure and pleasure and your heart is in My hands! How beautiful and fitting if you love me too and your heart is in My hands! YOU will be Unconquerable, indomitable, unquenchable. Besides, you will have life more abundant-the God-kind of life – Zoe. And the angels will have a party 🎉 and praise God for your bravery and noble choice. You can do it today, even right now!
9 That if thou 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom10:9-10
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matt6:19-21
“I heard Him say, “Go there and speak” But I ran away, boarded a ship Like the Titanic, I was bold. I was wise in my way, in my eyes. Unbeknown to me, I leaked and was weak. I had betrayed myself, my soul sold.
And down I went, drowning to a point of no return. Then I remembered my fault And cried out to Him. In the depths I raised a hymn of praise, I worshipped my Maker for His mercy, His wisdom, power, sovereignty. Like Paul and Silas, I was not silenced, Even in the rain, pain and grave.
He was moved, quickly forgave Commanded an earthquake To wash me ashore. And there I was, Even with a pillow Under my head. How loving, how caring!
“If they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?”Luke 23:31
Among other interpretations of this suggestive question, the following is full of teaching: “If the innocent substitute for sinners, suffer thus, what will be done when the sinner himself–the dry tree–shall fall into the hands of an angry God?” When God saw Jesus in the sinner’s place, he did not spare him; and when he finds the unregenerate without Christ, he will not spare them. O sinner, Jesus was led away by his enemies: so shall you be dragged away by fiends to the place appointed for you. Jesus was deserted of God; and if he, who was only imputedly a sinner, was deserted, how much more shall you be? “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” what an awful shriek! But what shall be your cry when you shall say, “O God! O God! why hast thou forsaken me?” and the answer shall come back, “Because ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh.” If God spared not his own Son, how much less will he spare you! What whips of burning wire will be yours when conscience shall smite you with all its terrors. Ye richest, ye merriest, ye most self-righteous sinners–who would stand in your place when God shall say, “Awake, O sword, against the man that rejected me; smite him, and let him feel the smart forever”? Jesus was spit upon: sinner, what shame will be yours! We cannot sum up in one word all the mass of sorrows which met upon the head of Jesus who died for us; therefore it is impossible for us to tell you what streams, what oceans of grief must roll over your spirit if you die as you now are. You may die so, you may die now. By the agonies of Christ, by his wounds and by his blood, do not bring upon yourselves the wrath to come! Trust in the Son of God, and you shall never die.
12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts4:12
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”John3:3
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom10:9-10
Life and Judgment Are Through the Son
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life John5:24
“Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long.” Psalm 32:3 (CEV)
It’s not just swallowing too much food that’ll torpedo your health in 2014. Swallowing your sin can have even more disastrous results.
One of the healthiest choices you can make for 2014 is to receive the forgiveness of God. Many people start the New Year carrying around a stinky garbage sack of sin. Carrying around that sack won’t just make you ineffective for serving Jesus; it’ll ruin your health, too.
The Bible teaches in Psalm 32:3-5: “Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long. Night and day your hand weighed heavily on me, and my strength was gone as in the summer heat. So I confessed my sins and told them all to you. I said, ‘I’ll tell the LORD each one of my sins.’ Then you forgave me and took away my guilt” (CEV).
In fact an October 2013 study by scientists at Princeton University and the University of Waterloo scientifically verified what David said centuries earlier: Feelings of being physically “weighed down” by guilt are real.
God has given us a foolproof method for relief from those soul and body-destroying feelings of guilt: repentance. How do you do that?
1. Make a moral inventory. Psalm 138:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (LB). In other words, you start by grabbing a pencil and paper and asking God to bring to mind your sin. Take your time. Don’t rush it. Be specific.
2. Accept the blame. The greatest holdup to healing is you. Don’t rationalize it. Don’t minimize it. You may not own 100 percent of the blame, but accept the 10 percent of the blame that’s yours.
3. Ask for forgiveness. Believe that God will forgive you. Ask him to forgive you based on what he promises in the Bible (1 John 1:9). Don’t beg. Don’t bargain. Just believe that God is able and willing to forgive you.
Don’t put yourself at risk of spiritual heart disease. God wants to use you in 2014. Come clean about your sin. Start over.
Then see what God can do through you in 2014.
Talk It Over
• Make a list of sins you’ve never confessed to God. Accept the blame for your failures, and ask the Lord for forgiveness for each sin on your list.
• What keeps you from confessing your sins from God?
• Are there some sins you struggle with confessing more than others? Why?
All who did not believe
Were not received.
No rank or possession,
No character or profession,
No boasting or sneering,
No piety or conniving,
Or façade of godliness,
Universal was the doom.
All swallowed in the swoon.
My soul tremble
At the apathy.
Be not simple.
Stop the party.
Come to yourself;
Like the prodigal;
Come and confess
Come like the lost.
If you are in the cold
Or if you are lukewarm
If the first love is gone.
Come let us reason.
There is every reason
Leave the madness
Debunk the carelessness
Put to flight the foolery.
Come in a hurry.
The day is far spent
Night is on the advent.
And when you’ve made your peace
Tied the knot with the Prince of Peace
O what a joy, what merriment in heaven!
Thou shall have bliss, safe in the Ark
Thou shalt have warmth, safe in the Ark
No principality can touch, safe in the Ark
No foe or power can touch, safe in the Ark!
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
inspired by C. H. Spurgeon devotional
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”John3:3
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.’ (Psalm 91:1-16 NIVUK)