Chapter 2 - God Speaks To The Heart


 

 

Chapter Two

God Speaks To The Heart

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“We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he lives.”

Deuteronomy 5:24

 

“Come now, and let us reason together, Says the Lord , Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”

Isaiah 1:18

 

“But the wisdom that is from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace loving, courteous (considerate, gentle).  [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straight-forward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).”

James 3:17 AMP

 

“And he was called the friend of God.”  James 2:23

 

“Adulterers and adulteresses!  Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”  

James 4:4

In the first chapter, you learned that with God—It starts with the heart.  Your heart should be 100% committed to God.  This is the point that will take you beyond the mere physical and into the metaphysical realms of the Spirit as God truly dwells with you and then empowers you for a more satisfying earthly life.  Of course, many that consider themselves Christian believe that this spiritual or metaphysical power was reserved for the early church leaders and the first twelve apostles.  Or, at least that it only existed during the early periods of the church.  God’s Word teaches us differently.

 

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

 

“And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  Mark 16:17-18

 

“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs.”  Mark 16:20

 

        Acts 1:8 and Mark 16:17-18 are the words of Jesus.  After the heart is given to God, the power of the Lord will be released into your life.  With your whole heart, God will know that you can be trusted to do His work.  Having surrendered to Him — it then becomes a desire of your heart to please and worship Him .  Doesn’t this make you a slave?  No.  Doesn’t this severely restrict your happiness on earth?  No.  When I surrendered to God, my life and happiness exploded.  No longer constrained by the fences that I built, I was free to explore the possibilities that God laid before me.

 

        God could have manufactured some stupid robots if he wanted slaves.  Instead He gave us each a free will.  The freedom to choose Him first over earthly issues.  In other words, God should have the absolute highest priority within our lives as illustrated below.

 

Priorities

 

        First         God        Put God First!

                        Sub Priorities

        Second        Family        a.        Spouse

     b.  Children

     c.  Relatives  

 

        Third        Yourself        a.        Friends

     b.  Job

     c.  Your Skills

     

        Fourth         Church        a.        Friends

     b.  Members

     c.  Committees

     d.  Ushering

  1. e. Money $ 

 

   

Too often being in church is equated with and is treated as if it were on a par or level equal to that of level one.  However, this is God’s priority level.  It is reserved as a place for your heart to reside and commune with God.  Some pastors even place the church ahead of God through their man- made traditions and their indoctrination of people.  For example: In Matthew 15:1-2, the scribes and Pharisees ask of Jesus: “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders?”  In other words, your disciples are not doing it the way we (us elders) say it is suppose to be done (in our church). Put God first and people ahead of material goods and gifts of money to the church in your priorities.  Isn’t that what Jesus Christ did?  Listen to what Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees in response to their question …

 

He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?  For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God’ —then he need not honor his father or mother.  Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.”  Matthew 15:3-6

 

 

It Is Man’s Traditions v. God’s Commands!

 

 

Jesus then teaches the scribes and Pharisees that they have messed up God’s commands through their man-made traditions.  Here (the church says) it is okay to give all your money to them and then let your mother and father starve or otherwise go in need (because you have no money left in which to honor them according to God’s Word).  In fact, the church leaders say that by doing this—you honor God.  This is the same dogma I have heard in the 21st Century “Word of Faith” church.  Nothing has changed in this regard in 2000 years.  Should you obey God’s commands or the traditions of the elders of your church?  The answer should be clear if God speaks to your heart.  It must be God’s commandments first.  They take priority over the church and its doctrines.

 

For now, what about those priorities shown above?  Nobody should seriously argue about whether God should be first in his or her life.  If they do, it simply indicates that they are among those whom Jesus is talking about in Matthew 7:22-23 or they are simply NOT meant to be with God.  But should your own family be placed ahead of the church in priority?  If so, why?  God has ordained the church to get the message of “repentance and salvation” out to the world.  This is the Gospel of Christ.  So, doesn’t the church have to take priority over your family?  I don’t know of any verse that tells you to “take care of the church or you are worse than an infidel” but, the Bible teaches this very message concerning the [your] family.

 

 

 

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel [unbeliever].”  1 Timothy 5:8 KJV

 

 

 Everyone can now see that God expects you to honor your mother and father and to take care of your family.  If you hear anything different from the pulpit of a church, you are certainly attending a modern day Christian cult.  What?  Christian cults?  Yes, they exist and for four years I attended one.  It is a fact that some churches are in the God business instead of God’s business.  Any church that tries to separate you from your family [even if they are all unsaved] in the name of Jesus Christ is a cult.  This is not God’s way and it is not God’s message.  

 

God cares for your entire family and their very salvation may depend upon your fellowship with them.  If your church preaches isolation because “you are set aside special for God” — get out of there fast.  Suffice to say here that absolutely no compromise should be accepted concerning the basic word of God from any pulpit.  Especially so when it comes to fellowship with your family.  That includes your brothers, sisters, mother, father, uncles, aunts, cousins, second cousins, third cousins and all other relatives.

 

 Then what about the resources God has for church leaders?  Shouldn’t these leaders be able to drive around in a BMW, Cadillac, or Mercedes Benz car?  Shouldn’t they be able to fly from point to point in their own personal Lear Jet with their own pilot?  After all, wasn’t Jesus Christ this rich?  Isn’t that the same standard for everyone else “doing God’s work?”  Jesus gives his own clear instructions to his disciples and they are to travel light.  In other words, don’t accumulate a lot of assets as you go about God’s business.

 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20

 

“He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts — but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics.  Also he said to them, ‘in whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place.   And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them.  Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city!’  So they went out and preached that people should repent.  And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.”  Mark 6:8-13.

 

The message from Christ is clear that these first apostles were to travel light with very few assets.  Yet today charismatic church leaders pump out a steady stream of errant teachings concerning the tithe (giving money to the church) in overt attempts to extract every bit of money they can from people for their own dishonest gain.  Why?  To pay for expensive buildings, planes and cars?  For personal luxuries even the very members of their own congregations do not enjoy.  Is this your idea of how church leaders should be paid in the 21 st century?  Do you think this speaks well for the church?  After all, weren’t all those diamonds meant to be for God’s kids?  I will give you a clue here and speak more on this later.  For now, think about being a friend of the world or a friend of God.

 

What about those large and expensive churches that men build as they declare their faith to God with ornate dwelling places?  Do you think God wants to dwell in those buildings?  No.   He wants to dwell inside of you on a one-on-one basis.  Those nice buildings are a great place for God’s people to gather together.  But, the building God wants for Himself is your temple.

 

“God, who made the world and everything in it … does not dwell in temples made with hands.”   Acts 17:24

 

“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”  1 Corinthians 3:9

 

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”  1 Corinthians 3:16

 

“If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.  For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

1 Cor 3:17

 

“For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father .  Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”  Ephesians 2:18-22

 

The temple that God seeks to dwell in is located within your heart.  It is not made of man-made materials.  About twenty people having this “heart for God” characteristic gathered together at the physical altar of God inside the church’s physical building to dance, praise and worship God.  As we lifted up our holy hands unto God, we pressed into His Holy of Holies for closer fellowship.  I was one of those people.  As we pressed in closer to Him , our goal was to simply lose our self.  To lose our own identity and to allow His Spirit to have its way with us.  As our individuality faded, God’s glory increased and His presence increased.  No one can press into God’s Spirit like this and stand on his or her own feet for very long.  Soon, I was gone.  Crashed to the floor like others and totally into His presence.  I have fallen down on concrete floors and even flew 5-7 feet back from a physical altar to the floor.  All without any harm because for me, I was simply letting go of myself and letting God have His way with me.  I was “pressing in.”

 

The services were awesome and the sheer presence of God Almighty was so very powerful.  Many thought it was the music being played; some thought it was the choir singing.  Naive pastors think it is their own talents or the power of their own “anointing.”  I remember one time the volume of singing and the chorus voices I heard was so overwhelming in praise to God that I opened my eyes to see where this beautiful sound was coming from.  It was not coming from the musicians and the few singers present.  I knew that I had entered into a realm of praise presently shared with the angels of God.  

 

God taught me that He wants to dwell within the hearts of His people.  Months later the music changed and the worshippers dispersed to other area churches.  Along with the worshippers leaving, God’s presence also left.  If you do not learn anything else from this book, learn this fact.  If you go to a place of worship where people have given their hearts to God, you will find God’s presence in that place.  For it is found among and within the praise and worship of His people.  It is not found in a church building.  A church that is dead is only that way because it has no heart inside of it for God.

 

“But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of [your people] Israel.”  Psalm 22:3 KJV

 

God Inhabits The Praises Of His People!

 

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”  1 Peter 2:9

 

Indeed, the temple in which you will find God speaking to you is the temple of your heart.  A fully dedicated gift of your heart to Him winds up getting you back something that is so marvelous that it is indescribable.  In His presence you will find perfect joy and perfect peace.  That is for starters.

 

“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.’ ”  Mark 14:58

 

What exactly does the word of God have to say about tithing and is your pastor telling you the truth about this aspect of God’s Holy Word?  The modern day tithe theology is examined later.  God’s Word may surprise many Christians who have bought into to this area of Christian mythology.

 

 

You should know that 98% of the Bible could easily be understood simply by reading the words.  That is to say, 98% of the Bible is exoteric in nature and is truly meant by God to be understood by all.  I.E. God didn’t call them the Ten Suggestions, He called them the Ten Commandments and all of them speak clearly and unambiguously.  All we have to do is open up our hearts and let God speak to it.  Only 2% or less is esoteric and meant to be understood by only a few (apostles, etc.).  To illustrate how God speaks to the heart, examine the Ten Commandments.

 

Ten Commandments! — Deuteronomy 5:7-21

 

[1] V7—“You shall have no other gods before Me .”

 

[2] V8—“You shall not make for yourself a carved image any likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; V9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me , V10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

 

[3] V11—“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

 

[4] V12—“Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. V13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, V14 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. V15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.”

 

 

 

[5] V16—“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”

 

[6] V17—“You shall not murder.”

 

[7] V18—“You shall not commit adultery.”

 

[8] V19—“You shall not steal.”

[9] V20—“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

 

[10] V21—“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”  Deut. 5:7-21

 

 If you are under the impression that the Bible is hard to understand, please explain to me which part of the Ten Commandments that you do not understand.  God is clear enough in these words.  The question is: “Where is your heart?”  If your heart is with God, the words of the Bible will speak to you with an internal and full understanding.  Here is how it works.

 

 Assume you are one of those Christians who think the Bible is a very nice book.  You like eternal salvation (fire insurance) but don’t think the rest of the Bible is relevant to your life.  That is why when you read in verse 19 “You shall not steal” — you don’t think it applies to the tools you steal at work or the extra lunch hours you take or even the expense statements you pad.  In this case, God’s Word does not speak to your heart and you are clearly one of the Christians Jesus is referring to in Matthew 7:22-23.

 

        Now assume that you read verse 19 and you do everything in your power Not To Steal .  God’s Word is speaking to your heart.  If the Dairy Queen cashier gave you change for a twenty-dollar bill when you only gave him a ten-dollar bill, you promptly return the difference.  For you, honesty and integrity are actually a part of your life.  You do not say to yourself: “That is not my mistake, tough luck.”  Even if you drive off and are five

miles down the road when you realize you were over changed on your order, the next time you are in the store, you refund the extra change (monies).  

 

Too many Christians think that it is okay with God for them to ignore these little areas of theft (sin) in their life.  What is at stake here is your own righteousness in God’s eyes.  As you take care of the little things when it comes to sin, God will give you greater things to handle for Him .  And, in the process, your integrity will increase.  Eventually, when you “practice” doing the right thing long enough, it will become second nature.  It will become God’s nature within you.  This is the Spirit of truth in action.  God is speaking to your heart and making its desire to stay on course with Him .  There is no such thing as a small or large theft with God.  A theft is a theft and you need to understand within your heart that this is God’s only reality.

 

        In addition to the priority of your family, God also has concerns about how to communicate with Him .  You can see from Isaiah 1:18 that God has an open door policy of communications.   He says to “come and let us reason together.”  Godly wisdom is further defined in James 3:17 as also having the ability to be reasoned with.  So let’s state this very clear here.  You have the ability to go and reason with God at any time.   He fully expects all of His people to exhibit the ability to be reasoned with.  If you cannot reason with your pastor or you are getting a “power play” from him or her, it is time to exit stage right.  You are not in God’s House!  Otherwise you could reason with them.  God doesn’t simply expect us to shut down our brains and turn them in at the church door.  On the contrary, He expects us to use them.

 

 Then there is the hierarchy of the church.  You know, FIRST you need to speak to this person; SECOND, you need to speak to that person.  It could take you a long time to get to God if you listened to a lot of church leaders.  Some leaders might expect you to travel an obstacle course of people and time (where it takes you 30 days to see the pastor, etc.).  The object is to wear you down so you will just forget the issue.  A common tactic in the realm of cults.  Do you need to see the parish administrator, associate priest, priest, bishop, cardinal and pope before you get to talk with God?  If so, it might be time to leave the church you are attending.  No one stands between you and God.  And, if you need a Mediator, Jesus will help.

 

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5

 

        There is simply no one between you and God as far as communicating with Him no matter what you may have heard from various church leaders.   God expects to fellowship with you directly.  Direct fellowship with the Father is a big benefit of Jesus that is totally ignored by the church.  Why?  Use the Bible as your main reference source.  Use your network of people to help you understand and clarify God’s Word.  This includes the leaders, elders and pastors of your church.  However, there can be no compromise on the word of God such as the Ten Commandments.  This will represent 90% or more of the Bible to you.  Therefore, read the Bible and be confident that God will speak directly to your heart when you open it up to Him .

 

 

God’s Communication Plan

        God        God

                

        You  <<-> Jesus The Mediator

 

 

It is no doubt that those who don’t know Him feel that He is only there to spoil the fun.  However, those who know Him understand that He is the true King of adventure.  When I gave God my heart, the fun started to ramp up on earth.  The power started to flow and the fellowship, peace and joy became true realities.  In this regards there are a couple of extreme points of view in the world of Christianity.  There are those who believe that God does imbue believers ( His people) with extraordinary powers on earth and then there are those who tend to think of the Bible as a book bordering on fiction or of mere philosophy.

 

 I am always amused at those Christians that hold this second point of view of the Bible.  They like to embrace the parts of the Bible that speak of eternal salvation after death for those who claim Jesus as their savior.  Yet, they seem to be the first to throw out or dismiss the entire rest of the Bible.  The parts with instructions about how to live.  My amusement concerns this simple intellectual question.  If these Christians cannot trust the entire Bible as God’s truth, what makes them think that they can trust only the part of the Bible about salvation through Christ Jesus?  Now think about that and ponder how intellectually dishonest that particular point of view is.  

 

Hey, if you can’t believe it all, then why waste your time?  Jump into secular heaven and don’t worry about God’s eternal salvation. Isn’t that your intellectually honest conclusion if you cannot believe all of God’s Word?

 

        The reality is that you can trust the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God.  You can read it, understand it and apply its teachings to your life.  Once you do this, you will really start to live an interesting life.  A life of adventure with God at the helm of your spirit.  An excellent resource on this very subject is the book: “ Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust The Bible by Erwin W. Lutzer © 1998 and published by Moody Press in Chicago. 1  More about why you can trust the Bible later when I discuss the subject of God s eternal character and hermeneutics (the interpretation of Scripture).

 

Everyone who is engaged in Bible study should think of the Bible as:

B. I. B. L. E.

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!

 

Understand the simple fact that nothing in the Bible from God is designed to harm you or limit the degree of fun you can have in this earthly existence.  Quite the opposite is actually true in the Bible.  Read the Bible with the full understanding that God is telling you how to live a more fuller and satisfying life.  When He says DON’T, there is always a reason.  When He says DO, a reason always exists.  God does not take the time to explain Himself to His children.  When the Word speaks to your whole heart, you will come to understand and marvel at God’s power and His fellowship.

 

Does the Bible “speak” to you?  If it doesn’t, it is because you are approaching God’s Word with your intellect and not with your heart & spirit.  Someone once said that the reason many people do not understand the Bible is that they are reading some other person’s mail from God.  In other words, they are trying to understand something that they lack total perspective and details about.  These are details that God will fill in for you with His Holy Spirit.  When you open up your heart, God will open up your understanding.  Intellectuals point out inconsistencies in the Bible as a way of discrediting the Bible, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God.  Why?  To steer you away from the eternal salvation that awaits those who trust in God.

 

Recently, I listened to a program on the life of Jesus.  Many scholars were quite disturbed by the fact there is a gap in the life of Jesus.  We read in the Bible where he is in the temple preaching at the age of 12 and instantly there he is at the age of 30 starting a ministry.  What happened during those critical 18 years?  Of course, endless speculation then proceeds from the mouths of these biblical scholars.  Who taught Jesus?  At least some of the discourse is aimed directly at discrediting God’s Word.  At raising doubt.

 

A quick reminder is due.  This book is not aimed at convincing you to accept Jesus as Lord and savior.  This is a message from God to those who already claim to be Christians.  It is a wakeup call from God penned through the mind and hands of yet another willing and yielding spirit.  The Spirit of God told me at the time I watched that particular show: “What is this all about and what difference does it really make in the big salvation picture?”

 

It is irrelevant and it doesn t scratch God’s big picture.  Still, it can make a difference to those doubtful Christians who are constantly mulling over whether or not they should trust and believe in the Bible.  However, I will have to leave that matter between God and them.  After all, it is God who calls His people to both Himself and to Christ.  

 

“No one can come to me [Jesus] unless the Father who sent me draws him.”  John 6:44

 

 

Let’s step back a moment and examine the issue of reading someone else’s mail.  Could this particular thought hold any truth?  Well, consider the following writings from the Bible.  Are you reading someone else’s mail?

 

Are They Writing Mail To You?

 

Paul identifies who he is writing to in Romans 1:8

“To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints.”

 

Paul identifies who he is writing to in 1 Corinthians 1:2

“To those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.”

 

Paul identifies who he is writing to in 2 Corinthians 1:1

“To the church of God, which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia.”

 

Paul identifies who he is writing to in Ephesians 1:1

“To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus.”

 

Paul identifies who he is writing to in Colossians 1:2

“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ.”

 

Peter identifies who he is writing to in 1 Peter 1:2

“[To the] elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father , in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…”

Peter identifies who he is writing to in 2 Peter 1: 1

“To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ.”

 

John identifies in 2 John 1:1 who he is writing to.

“To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have know the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever.”

 

John identifies in 3 John 1:1 who he is writing to.

“To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.”

 

Jude identifies in Jude 1:1 who he is writing to.

“To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father , and preserved in Jesus Christ:”

 

John identifies who he is writing to in Revelations 1:1.

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show His servants — to the seven churches which are in Asia.”

 

Check out some of those vivid descriptions.  Those called to be saints.  Those sanctified.  Those faithful in Christ Jesus.  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ.  To the elect.  To those obedient.  To those with like precious faith.  To those who know the truth.  To those preserved in Jesus Christ.  Do you have some of these attributes?

 

If you don’t fit some of those descriptions, you are truly reading someone else’s mail.  It might make for some good reading.  However, to the extent you are lacking some of these attributes, you will have many gaps in your reading and your understanding will be incomplete no matter how much of an intellectual you consider yourself to be.  Plus, no matter how much you have been educated in biblical matters.  

 

On the other hand, if you have given your heart to God, He will speak directly to it through His Holy Spirit.  Eventually you will graduate in your understanding to a point where there is no apparent contradiction in the Holy Bible.  Only a lack of spiritual understanding by people reading someone else’s mail from God.  You will graduate to 1 John 2:27.

 

“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him .”  1 John 2:27

 

If you feel in your heart that you are really a Christian, do you obey the commands in the Bible?  If not, consider these words of the Lord Jesus.

 

“But why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?”  Luke 6:46

 

Could it be the reason that you do not fully understand the Bible is that you have never given God your whole heart?  It starts with the heart.  Once God has that, He will then speak to you in a way that will astonish you and He will give you thrills in life that you never thought were humanly possible.  Imagine knowing and fellowshipping with an eternal loving and living God.  Imagine what it was like back in the days of Eden when God talked freely with Adam and Eve and they talked freely with Him , as friends talk with one another.  Simply imagine that kind of intimacy with God.

 

This is where God the Father wants to take you with His Son Jesus.  It’s back to His fellowship through the gift of His Son and the subsequent pouring out of God the Father ’s Holy Spirit upon you in all of its abundance.  The resulting imparting of the Spirit of truth to you — fills you with perfect joy and peace.  It also gives you the strength needed to stand your ground for truth and righteousness as you live your life for God [even in the face of earthly trials and tribulations].  Standing one’s ground for truth and righteousness is the hallmark trait of the true and sincere believer.

 

“God does not dwell in temples made with hands.”   Acts 17:24

It is the temple of your heart that God wants to dwell in!

 

If You Open It Up!

God Speaks To The Heart



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