Thursday, December 18, 2014
Faith Reconstructs Our Heart
In Matthew 5 we learn about God's radical reconstruction of the heart. Check this out.....
First, we recognize we are in need and poor in the spirit. Next, we repent of our self-sufficiency and often times feel sadness. We quit calling the shots and surrender control to God and humble ourselves to Him. So grateful are we for His presence that we yearn for more of Him and His spirit. As we grow closer to Him, we become more like Him. We forgive others and show mercy like never before. We change our outlook on life and situations and become pure in our thinking. We love others and become peacemakers. We endure injustice and often times treated badly for doing good or being obedient to our Father.
It is a demolition of the old structure and a creation of the new. The more radical the change, the greater the joy and stronger His spirit is in us.
And though our heart isn't perfect, it isn't rotten any longer.....and though we aren't invincible, we live in peace knowing that He knows our name and He has a place for us next to Him.
The reconstitution of a heart isn't something we can do on our own. We need Him, we have to seek Him, we have to listen to Him, but most of all we have to have FAITH in Him. Just like a heart patient going in for heart surgery needs a surgeon, our spiritual heart needs a Savior.
Sometimes we might be facing certain circumstances and we might not have Faith in what we see with our eyes or we might not be able to see the ending clear but our Faith will get us through anything. God knows the outcome and He knows what we are capable of as humans here on earth. He can give us the strength if we seek Him.
He knows that His work in our lives will plant a seed in others. We must be a walking testimony for those around us. We must live and walk in Faith. Sometimes that faith will be tested and it is up to us to seek Him for guidance and protection. He will be our fighter in battles we cannot win on our own and we will be able to be the living Gospel in somebody's life. Our faith and way of life can plant a seed in somebody else's heart.
We should never underestimate the power of a seed. As far as I know, James, the epistle writer, wasn't a farmer, but he knew the power of a seed in fertile soil. The principle for peace is the same as a principle for crops. Never underestimate the power that God has in our lives.
This is a new year of change and seed planting! I'm ready for 2015!!!!!!!