Do You Need a Heart Transplant?

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Ezekiel 36:26 says, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Seriously!

That sounds like transplant surgery to me! But it’s a surgery of such promise. In her book, Fervent, Priscilla Shirer puts it this way…

Do you see the promise? I will give you. I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart that’s alive and tender again, one that’s beating and responsive again. Engaged again. Able to believe again!

How about you — is that the heart you want? Are you tired of sad? Are you sick of the numbness that comes from apathy? Do you want the heart of flesh that beats Christ’s life through your very being?

Let’s ask Him to make the exchange, brothers & sisters. Our hearts of stone for hearts of flesh! What will it look like when His spirit is poured out in us, on us, and through us?

This much I know — There will be joy, unspeakable, and full of glory. His light will shine; His good news will be shared; His kingdom will increase. Oh, the half of it has yet to be told of what God will accomplish with hearts that are His. And there you go!

But God...

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Mark 12:30 says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." Seriously?! 

Isn’t that a tall order? Impossible actually, without the Holy Spirit living in us.

My emotions, my mind, my strength, my very being are to love the Lord my God.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my emotions get the best of me. My mind thinks thoughts that are, honestly, evil. My strength often fails. My person, who I am in myself, betrays me.

But God!

Isn’t that a wonderful phrase? But God. With Him in control, exchanging my strength for His, my will and my thoughts for His, and my identity wrapped completely in who He says I am, then I am able to truly love Him the way He asks. For it’s in abiding in Him, listening to Him, waiting on Him, that I exchange my strength for His. I run and do not grow weary. I walk and do not faint, and I love Him for He puts this love in my heart. It’s a wonderful trade-off. Please think on it today. And there you go!
 

It is Well with my Soul...Seriously!

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Lamentations 3:22-23 says, The Lord’s loving kindnesses, indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Oh, bless the name of The Lord. His faithfulness and loving kindnesses (more than one) never, ever cease. When I awake each morning, His mercies are new.

When sadness overtakes me, darkness seems to be my lot, and I think things can’t get worse, this verse reminds me that if I wake up on earth or in heaven, His mercies are new, and He will not —cannot — forget to be faithful. For He is God!

Tho Satan should buffet,
Tho trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed His own blood for my soul.

That’s why it’s well with my soul. Because His mercies and loving kindnesses will never fail me. Every morning I’m covered by his blood, and He has a plan for my life each day.  And there you go!
 

Matthew 5:11…Blessed are you when people insult you. Seriously!

I don’t like to be insulted and I especially don’t enjoy being treated like I’m stupid. And if I am treated in this manner, I sometimes don’t respond the way I should.

Recently when I told a friend how hurt I was over a situation, she asked me if we could call that wounding “sin”. “Really”, I said? “Yes”, she replied “because Valerie, you can choose whether or not you will become wounded.”

Wow! I never thought of that. I made a pact with myself this year not to be the victim. Others may be wishing you or I ill-will or hurt, but Jesus says if they insult you for His sake Rejoice and be Glad.

And even if it isn’t for Christ’s sake, I can learn from criticism and act differently in situations—not reacting negatively, but responding with compassion.  And there you go!

 

Marching…Hup 2, 3, 4…Spreading the fragrance of Christ wherever we go. Seriously!

Our King leads us in a Triumph march as we go along daily spreading the sweet fragrance of Christ. Sometimes I’m not sure the smell I give up is a flowery scent or a heavenly perfume. Oftentimes it’s easier to give off a skank like aroma with the way I’m acting.

But thankfully Christ let’s us walk in a parade of flowers not giving off our own smelly scent, but instead His godly one, and if we do mess up, He helps us get back in step and march once again in time—where the enchanting aroma lingers way past the time of it’s passing by!

So today, whenever someone “smells” you and me, what will it be more like…sweet smelling perfume or attic moth balls. Let’s opt for the former and stay in step with the parade master!  And there you go!