Lack of knowledge or clear understanding of the truth causes God’s people to perish. My prayer is that this teaching will lead you to understand the depths of God’s love for you and that you would respond to His open heart to return to Him and be healed. Everyday we have a choice to turn to Him in thousands of little ways. However, too often we don’t think through the outcome of choosing random “anythings” that will turn our hearts away from the LORD. We aren’t supposed to give our hearts away on a whim because they are valuable and precious to God but if we don’t guard them that is exactly what happens.
There is a song that goes, “Do you love Me? Do you love Me? Do you love Me? I mean really love Me?”
This is an important question I am posing to you today: Do you love God more today than yesterday? More this minute than last minute? More this second than last second? All the little things begin to add up in our hearts! How in this corrupt world that doesn’t begin to know a thing about true love can you guard your heart for your True Love? Listen closely because real love can be nourished and even flourish but it takes some guarding! Let me share my heart for a minute:
Salvation means to be saved, healed and delivered from our sins. People tend to think that being saved is a neat little package that gives you salvation from your sins, healing from your wounds and deliverance from evil the second you open your heart to Jesus, walk down an aisle and that’s the end. But opening your heart to Jesus is really just the beginning. When you open your heart you receive the very seed of faith into your heart and that seed over time is watered by the Word and the rain of the Holy Spirit and it grows and grows and becomes rooted and grounded in God’s love (the good soil) and then it blossoms and bears fruit – ALL through God’s gift – JESUS!
Two ways we can choose to respond to God: with a heart of obedience and desiring His will above all or nurturing a stubborn/resistant heart of stone – just living to have our own way! That stone will have to be broken sometime. You can ask the LORD to teach you His ways that you might gain a heart of understanding. He will be the best teacher you could ever hope for and He will lead you through the messy maze of a world we are living in. His ways lead to life and our ways may seem right in our own eyes yet they lead to death. (We have to stop and think before we make our life stink)! The LORD wants to help you and teach you to surrender to His Holy Spirit. Because that is where the power is to live victoriously in this world!
Don’t lean on your own understanding or do what your mind says solely, because our minds are naturally resistant to the Spirit and they have to be renewed. Doing what you “think” apart from God renewing your mind with the Word will only lead to the discipline of God in your life. Discipline is always for our good to turn us back to Him and teach us what is right in His eyes. Discipline will always occur in a believer’s life because those whom HE loves, He disciplines! Spankings are good so that we do not continue on in our own destructive way! It’s painful but it guards our souls from going to hell. We can choose to be babies all our lives or we can grow up and be Sons of the Living God full of strength and able to serve Him with pleasure.
I wonder… are we learning what makes the LORD happy or are we holding on dearly to what the world longs to destroy us with- the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and boastful pride of life? GOD HATES when we value the opinion of others over obedience to His love and purposes and HE HATES the world system that eats up His people, chews them hard and spits them out. Friend, the world will only embrace you for a second and then you are history. If you are a friend of God you can not love the world but if you love God you will gain a friend who always sticks closer than a brother.
That’s puzzling because I thought that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes/trusts in Him will not perish but have everlasting life? Yes! Yes! and AMEN YES! Jesus died for the people of the world but HATES the world system: lustful desire to do anything in my flesh as I please, constant craving for anything I see or want to be or that seems to look good to me when it’s full of worms in reality, thinkin’ my thinkin’ is above all and I can tell the whole world exactly how to fall but in truth I’m really nothing at all and people are watching me. I need some freedom to Really Be instead of all this silly make believe.
Let’s get some reality:
His glorious presence unfolding in you and me. The LORD is good just taste and see.
CAN I GET A SOUND CHECK? IS ANYONE STILL AROUND CHECK?!
Faith without works is dead.
Have you missed it?….Faith has legs and those legs better be walking you out of the dregs of darkness into His marvelous light…Healing light that shines from the center of God’s heart…JESUS CHRIST! Yes! We have a part to play, starting this very day – RETURN (RUN) to JESUS and Be Healed!
What are we doing…. just acting all cozy when nothing right now is looking too rosy?
The time is now to pray and seek and hear – JEHOVAH is the only ONE to fear!
Can we see and hear the salvation of the LORD?
Isaiah 6:10 says, “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Lest they SEE with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.“
Do you see that? We need to see (with our eyes), hear (with our ears) and understand (with our hearts), return and be healed. What is it we need to see, hear and understand with our HEARTS to return and be healed by the LORD? We need to see, hear and understand that Jesus paid for our junk so we could be clean and free from the chains of the enemy. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save it… that’s the News Flash that’s the Good News… Jesus loves you and He has made a WAY! Open up your heart to Him today!
To understand deeply what’s going on check out these two points:
1. God needs to remove our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh.
Ezekiel 11:17-21 ”Therefore say, ‘Thus says the LORD God, ” I shall gather you from the peoples assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered and I shall give you the land of Israel.”‘ When they come there, they will remove all its detestable things and all its abominations from it. ”And I shall give them one heart, and shall put a new Spirit within them. And I shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances, and DO them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God. “But as for those whose hearts go after their detestable things and abominations, I shall bring their conduct down on their heads,” declares the Lord God.
Do you BELIEVE this? That God could recreate a new heart in our chest? The ONE who made us to begin withRight? Do you believe God’s WORD (JESUS IS THE WORD MADE FLESH)? I hope God’s WORD still lights a fire in our hearts – part FEAR of a Holy God and part LOVE for Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life and gave His life for yours and mine. God’s Word is solid and perfect and it’s an anchor and a Rock that you can build your life on in a world without foundations. Too hard to believe? Listen, if anything or anyone is watering down the Good News of who Jesus is and what He has done then I would politely move out of their way so they can clearly find the ditch they are looking for – but as for you…Follow Jesus! He is the real thing my friend. He has never failed me. Who are you going to listen to?
Ask God to cover any unbelief you may have because friend, it is sin. The LORD has given me and many others I know heart transplants through faith and belief in His Word. There is Nothing He can’t do! HE IS ABLE!
Unbelief is a blocker that your heart can’t live with.
Now, what is up and coming has brought me tremendous understanding and strength to continue to stand in this evil world…meditating on what Jesus took/suffered on my behalf…so I could for once really laugh! Jesus has bought me back!
2. The entire chapter of Isaiah 53 puts a tremendous spotlight on what JESUS endured to show us what it cost to buy back love (He loves us and died in our place to gain our love back). This should wreck your life:
Jesus Christ was or understood the pain of being:
- forsaken/abandoned by men
- Man of sorrows (suffering or sadness arising from loss or disappointment)
- Personal knowledge of grief
- Men hid their face from Him
- Not esteemed/valued/held in high regard
- Bore our griefs and sickness
- Carried our sorrows
- Taken away by oppression and judgement
- Stricken/Wounded/Worn out
- Grievously afflicted by God
- Pierced through (even to His heart – where water and blood flowed out) for our transgressions (going beyond set limits)
- Crushed for our iniquities (wickedness or heinous sin) – ALL OF US HAVE BEEN WICKED.
- Chastened/disciplined/refined for our well-being
- Scourged/whipped/receiving vengeance for our healing
- Our iniquity fell on Him (imagine the weight of ALL OUR wickedness falling on Him who knew no sin)!
- Oppressed ( crushed, burdened, trampled down, a heaviness or obstruction in the body or mind).
- Afflicted (Pain and mental distress) but didn’t open His mouth.
- Grave assigned with the wicked yet He was buried with a rich man in His death, because He did NO violence and No deceit (to trick or fraud) in his mouth.
THIS IS OUR GOD! A HEART OF GOLD, STEADFAST AND TRUE TO GET THE WORK DONE THAT FATHER HAD FOR HIM TO DO! THAT WORK WAS TO MAKE US NEW!
LORD, give me a heart transplant (a heart of flesh for this heart of stone) that I might understand that I need You more than life, that I might turn to You and find You right there waiting for me to receive Your healing LOVE in Your very heart of hearts…Jesus!
“But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in it’s wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.
“And you will tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the LORD of hosts.”