CURING MY HEART

A scriptural meditation on the “heart cure”

HEART: The inner “chatter”, what I am really thinking deep within while my outside actions and words seem fine.

My heart is deceitful above all things! If I want it cured and truth full I will need  the Holy Spirits help to:

Take heed, keep my soul diligently so that I don’t let what God has done go out of my HEART. Then I can teach God’s truth to my children and grandchildren because they can see beyond my words to my heart. Deuteronomy 4:9/           Be humble, (having a sense of worth strength and security from God while admitting my own weak messed up self) See God’s love in the uncomfortable consequences he brings to help me deal with my iniquity= (Deciding for myself what is right, doing it in my strength, and moaning about how hard it was and taking credit.)Leviticus 26:41/         Put my time effort thoughts money creativity and risk into seeking relationship with God, seeking his kingdom’s welfare, seeking his righteousness.  Matthew 6:21/              Stop living for pleasure and discipline my heart to enjoy life Gods’ way and I must be open to feedback and willing to change.  Deuteronomy 10:16/         Take heed to my inner thoughts which can easily believe the lie that there are other priorities in life besides God. Deuteronomy 11:16/             Lay up Gods’ words in my heart and in my soul by keeping them in front of me at all times. Deuteronomy 11:18/                Talk with others about the wonder of Gods’ truth and think on them and obey them.  Deuteronomy 30:14/             “Set my heart” unto ALL Gods’ words if I expect my children to not pick and choose their obedience. Deuteronomy 32:46, 1 Chronicles 22:19/           Take diligent heed to serve God with ALL my heart and soul. Joshua 22:5/           I must actively put away the spending of my heart-thoughts on non-God issues and instead incline my focus to Him. Joshua 24:23/           Like Hannah, pray and say, “My heart rejoiceth in the Lord because I rejoice in thy salvation Chronicles 16:10 and 1 Samuel 2:1.2 /            Don’t allow my heart to faint, fear, tremble, or be terrified  Deuteronomy 20:3 /            Return my heart to God by putting away other priorities, prepare my heart unto God and serve him with truth and ALL my heart, considering all he has done for me.1 Samuel 7:3 and 1 Samuel 12:20/          Be single hearted for God 1 Chronicles 12:33/           Let my heart smite me when I have sinned and beseech the Lord to forgive  2 Samuel 24:10/             Find in my heart to talk to God  1 Chronicles 17:25/         Ask God to keep his truth forever in the “imaginations” of my heart and to prepare my heart unto God   1 Chronicles 29:18/       Have in my heart to ask for wisdom and knowledge to help God’s people 2 Chronicles 1:11/   Let my heart be glad and merry  over remembering the good things God has done 2 Chronicles 7:10/            Lift my heart from the gutter into the ways of the Lord and learn to hate evil 2 Chronicles 17:6/        Learn to act out of a “perfect” heart” thinking and imagining on God’s ways continually with all my heart not just part.2 Chronicles 19:9 and 2 Chronicles 31:21/            Let God give me a tender humble repentant “soft” heart 2 Chronicles 34:27 and Job 23:16

FAITH HOPE

FAITH: the kind of belief that forces me to act on my belief and this strengthens and gives substance to my HOPE.

HOPE: the active inner discussion of, picturing of, appreciating of, the promises that I can’t yet see but (because God cannot lie) are absolutely real. This HOPE empowers and pushes my FAITH, which causes me to act on the promises and builds my FAITH and strengthens my HOPE and round and round.

There are lots of things that we believe that do not demand action. We believe that it is 186 million miles to the sun, but are unlikely to do anything different as a result. Faith is a specific type of belief in a cause and effect world that if we obey then God will do something wonderful. The devils have faith in God that causes them to act. James 2 19 “the devils also believe, and tremble.” They react in the certain knowledge of their doom. We act in the certain knowledge of God’s love and promises. If someone said that they believe that they will be given a million dollars if they went to the bank today, but they did not go. They:

  1. don’t believe it
  2. don’t have any sense of needing money
  3. don’t have any picture of how much money that is
  4. really don’t want to be in the position of having to be grateful
  5. don’t think that they deserve it
  6. think that they can earn even more money on their own by not wasting time picking up the million

So what do I believe? How should I then live? 2 Peter 3;11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of person ought I to be in all holy conversation and godliness?

How can you tell if a body is alive? It breathes! Even so, James 2;26 faith (the body) without some form of action (breathing) is dead. If you say you believe that there is a bomb in the room and you sit there. You are either suicidal or frozen or don’t believe it. If you hide under the desk you are unwise but at least you believe what you say. Even so faith does not always result in wise action but it always results in action. I find that if I try feebly and imperfectly God meets me in my obedience and empowers it, gives it good results and teaches me to act even more wisely.

RADICAL MINDFULNESS

Remember the rule? If you want to know what godliness looks like—just picture what you normally do and then godliness will, pretty much, be the opposite!

So what is my normal state of mindfulness? Well, not to be mindful at all! I let my focus drift to the future the past and everywhere else. If I manage to pull my focus to the present I tend to take for granted the good and even find fault or resent it and picture and long for my present reality to be something else:

WHAT DO I HAVE?

WHO IS IN MY LIFE?

WHAT CAN I DO?

WHO AM I?

If only I had more then I would be happy, then I get more and am not happy. Look at how rotten my car is my house is my food is etc.

If only that person loved me or that one was my friend. These people I have are selfish ungrateful electronic addicts who suck my dry and return nothing etc. etc.

There is no point trying because I would just screw up everything. I can’t do this and I can’t do that and since I can’t what is the point of trying. What I could do wouldn’t change anything!

Look at me I am unlovable, I wish I was someone else.

RADICAL MINDFULNESS:

What do I have? Let me savor it and thank God for it, take care of it and share it with others. GRATITUDE

Who is in my life? Let me love on them and learn from them, enjoy them, be glad to see them and encourage them, and seek their best interest. LOVE (both phileo and agape)

What can I do? I can move my body members as servants to God according to a growing awareness of God’s principles in action and then delight in what God is able to make out of it. OBEDIENCE

Who am I? Let me delight in God’s design and craftsmanship and how it ministers to others and allows me to be a useful part of the body, rejoicing in the gifts of others. WORSHIP ( I would that everyone could be just like I but it is OK they can be them and didn’t God do a good job on them too!) I Corinthians 7; 7   11;1  II Corinthians 11;5  Acts 26;9

We look at reality with God’s eyes seeing the good and the evil but not RESENTING not going round and round on the details  then we seize the moment with God’s help.

Problems: we accept ourselves and God’s sovereignty when we can’t fix it. After all, no one gets away with sin or God would be mocked. We bless and minister to and pray for those who curse and use us. We set limits on the problem when we can and fix what we are able.

People: we love on them and learn from them and encourage them in the Lord and set limits when we need to.

Tasks: grab with all your might.

The we ask : IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE GOD WANTS ME TO DO ABOUT THIS SITUATION RIGHT NOW? If not, Lord help me let go and grab the next piece of life

REJOICE IN THE OTHER’S GIFTS

I remember a teacher who was asked to do a class at a longer seminar. The main speaker would talk then people could break up and go to smaller classes. The seminar made the mistake of asking the main guy to do an elective class and so no one showed up to the teacher’s class. He was complaining to the Lord who replied, “What do you want me to do? Make the other guy less interesting, less useful so people would come to your class?”

He made some apostles, some evangelists and preachers and teachers and some heads and some feet and a few of us are hangnails but all are of the body and all are needed.

Are there people in your church who are super eloquent, beautiful, sing like angels, are great with children, can act in public with no discomfort, are gifted with their hands?

You can tell if you have a problem with comparison by: do you praise and enjoy their gifts and then don’t want to be around them because you feel “less” by your own comparison. 2 Corinthians 10:12 measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. Most of the time we think of the problem of feeling superior by comparison; but most of the people I know do the comparison that leaves them feeling less beautiful or wise or gifted. Have you ever thought that they might be isolated and lonely precisely because God needed to give them special abilities but now no one wants to hang around with them. Isaiah 45;9 10 shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?or thy work, He hat no hangs? Who unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman what hast thou brought forth? I was raised with all manner of pottery in the house and often the cheapest ugliest pot was used most often and served the greatest needs.

So let those of us who see ourselves as “the least” learn to do our part knowing that we are much more necessary and remember to like and hang out with the prettier pots so they won’t be lonely.

AGREE TO DISAGREE AMICABLY

Boy, that title even rhymes! The Bible is full of bizarre, do the opposite of your natural inclination and it will work, suggestions.

Choose to walk two miles when forced to walk one!

When struck on one cheek, do not defend or counter-attack. Roll with it and try to find out where the attack is coming from!

When cursed–bless!

When badly used–do good to the user!

The first shall be last and the last shall be first.

Rejoice when persecuted-you are in good company.

etc. etc. etc.

When others pick a fight and you recognize a fool trying to mess with you. Do not respond to the topic that they have picked, ie. “Why does a good god allow evil?” or “How can he allow little children to suffer?” Instead, say “In my life I’ve always found that when I ask questions like that it is because there is SIN in me and I don’t want to deal with it. Or it is because I want to be my own god. I wonder if there is some sin or desire to be seen as wise and in control that you are struggling with and so you ask these questions?” Or “those are great questions, maybe we could get together and try to see what God’s word has to say about it. So the approach is “we are more alike than you think and whether you agree with me or not I like you and want to be in relationship with you.

Lois and I have paid a big price because our son William decided to live the homosexual life. We said that we had to disagree with his choices, based on God’s word, but we loved him and he was our son and we wanted to be part of his life. He, however, said that if we did not agree with his views then he would never talk to us or relate to us.

My daughter Cheri has a blog – christianscience4kids – and is somewhat bothered by heathen attacking her. More bothersome are the “Christians” that fight for the theory that God created over billions of years through quintillions of miserable deaths. Cheri has to DISAGREE but is kind and willing to relate–but they are not. Also bothersome are the Christians who believe the truth but attack and treat like dirt, those who disagree with them.

I once got up in church to share from God’s word that in the end times there would be people who knew that God had spoken all things into existence but because of their lust, (desire to argue and control) would argue for unchanging forces that work slowly over vast spaces of time. A gentleman came up to me and said rather loudly, “So you are saying that we who believe in God guided evolution and lustful? I replied that I was not saying anything but simply quoting 2 Peter 3:3-15 “Well!” He declared, “This discussion is over” He then marched away. What discussion? He did like to argue and was probably afraid to stop and look at the Word. I would have loved to help him walk away from a (knowledge puffs up) approach to a (knowledge with Agape) brings wisdom approach. He gave me no opening.

Jesus prayed, “Father don’t take them out of the world just keep them from sin while they are in the world.” Whatever the heathen do, we Christians should agree to disagree and still like and love and relate to others that disagree if they will let us. If we must suffer, let us suffer for being right with a good attitude not for being right with a bad attitude