Crushing Heart

God hates sin because Sin robs us of Gods best for us. Good place to read is Joshua 7:1-12, who occupied the heart of Achan? World or God. The Lord said that all the treasures of the city were His. They were to be placed into His treasury. But Achan hid from God some of that treasure. Our heart is God’s treasure, we spend so much time and energy hiding that treasure that is His, “we die”.

Sin against God, the cost; not just the sinners life but all that were his. A God that is jealous of our desires, knows that the sin within destroys us, one part at a time, never releasing its control, ever tightening it grip, like shaking hands with someone who continues to tighten their grip, increasing the pressure until our hand gives in and begins to crush, the out come, a useless hand no longer able to do the tasks it was designed for. Satan, steering us and comforting us with the thought that we can continue with abandon and it’s OKAY!

It’s not, sin leads to death, not the death that puts us with our Lord and Savior. A death that separates us in our heart daily from the incredible relationship we desire. Crushing our heart, squeezing the life from us.

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Heart of Flesh

” Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” Proverbs 1:7, . Fear? What do I need to fear ? What is this loving God going to do, what has He done ?1 John 4:18 states “perfect love casts out fear”. Seems to be opposing view on fear, we are taught that Christ is Love, perfect. So perfect, Love is present with us every moment and yet, we are to fear? Although this appears to confuse, the truth is ” Fear of the Lord IS the beginning of knowledge”. Think for a moment, knowing what God offers in your life, if you passed that up for the world, would the potential of that loss not invoke fear?? Really knowing exactly what God offers and knowingly disregarding this gift would be crazy right? Proverbs 1:7 goes on to say “but fools dispise wisdom and instruction”. So right, crazy is the one who refuses to take instruction and seek the Lord. Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on you’re own understanding”. The Heart again, all our heart, trust Him for knowledge and not ourselves, not the world, trust only in Him. Seems to me this simple muscle is a central part of who we are and who we become. Ezekiel 36:26, ” I will take away the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a NEW heart of FLESH”. Wow I have a new heart of flesh……
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The Heart; Healthy or ?

The heart of man, is it just a muscle, is its sole purpose to pump blood? Without it, we cease living, this life giving fluid keeping us alive! If our physical heart and blood are healthy we in turn are. When either our heart or our blood are not healthy we suffer. As I read thru Psalms and the Proverbs the healthy heart “ Spirit filled” and the unhealthy heart “ evil” are constantly referred to. Psalm 28:3 “while evil is in their hearts”. They speak one thing and do another, coming from “their hearts”. Do we speak one thing to those around us and in our hearts say something else? Do we guard our hearts against evil by filling them with The Lord. Psalms 28:7, “in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults”. So much about the heart, Proverbs 2:10, “for wisdom will come into your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul”. As we release our hearts to God, this infilling transforms us into His people who want His precepts for our lives. We begin to acquire a hunger for Him. This hunger in our heart for all He has for us, again an ever filling vessel that when filled, can be filled more, never running out of room for Him. 
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Heart in Love

Psalm 19:7-11Perfect, reviving, sure, rejoicing, pure, enlightening, enduring, righteous, these are a few of the key words in this part of Psalm 19. These words describe the Word, He is perfect so what He’s says is perfect. The Word revives us, brings new life to us. Sure, the word is absolute, true. When filled with the Word we rejoice, full and joyful. “I am the Light, of the world”. John 9:5, pure, perfect and holy. The word will enlighten you, fill you with a new knowledge from the Lord. The word never, ever changes, it endures the ages and the non believers. It stands on its own, by it’s own, never to fail. The Word brings righteousness to all those whom are His. All of our senses are involved in the Word. The precepts “rules” of God make our heart rejoice. Makes our heart celebrate, we can get caught up in this celebration, participate with all of ourselves, falling in love anew. 
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In my Heart

2 Chronicles 6:8, Solomon speaking to Israel of his father David and The Lord, “But The Lord said to David my father, “Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart”,”. So the Lord credited David for what was in his heart, being equal to the building of His house. The thoughts of our heart are “continuously evil”, Gen 6:5, but when our heart is His, we are credited for the thoughts of our heart, which are His. Remember the thief on the the cross? Luke 23:40-43, this thief had no time left, life’s journey was over and he was suffering here for his choices. The evidence before him exposed Jesus and he knew Jesus in his heart “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom”, his heart change, the Spirit in his heart spoke and he was credited for what was in his heart, “I assure you, today you will be in paradise with Me”. The condition of his new heart, no time left, set the course of his eternity, “ eternity with Christ”. How could the explanation for eternity be presented more simply? Surrender, allow the Holy Spirit in and the transformation begins. We know, the new heart is now, but our transforming is a journey. This trip is filled with new, sometimes difficult times all meant to bring us completely to Him. To reveal a new “ in my heart” for Him.
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New Heart

The anointing of Saul as king, 1Sam 9-10, thru out this passage Samuel has conversations with God, God listening to His children, listening to Samuel, granting their requests and laying out the proof of who He is. How gracious and loving, not just granting the request but assuring His people that He was the orchestrator. We have a God who demonstrates love and humility at every turn and yet our hard hearts continue to accept the deceptions of the enemy.1 San 10:6, “ The spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy and be turned into another man”, the spirit comes upon us and we become “another man”. A new man, then Sam 10:9 “When he turned his back “Saul” to leave Samuel, God have him another heart”. The miracle is salvation, we receive a new heart.
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Heart’s Focus

“Those who walk with God run to help with the needs of others”.Poh Fang Chia.The simplicity of this, walk with God, if my focus is on God might it be that I will see what God sees, the needs of those around me. When running to help those in need I again focus on God, continue to see what He sees. Begin to look for the needs in God’s children and seek to follow His every desire in the lives of others. 

Just think, if I am focused on what God sees, then I am not focused on what I see. My heart in turn is directed towards the heart of God and not on the heart of the world. That simple, let God in and the world flees, if only we believed this truth, we always want it to be a difficult solution when, in reality it is just my focus.

Remember, Jesus presented a simple example, He placed the needs of others above His own. What a unique God that seeks the heart of His creation and places our need above all else,”His life for our eternity”, seeing the needs of others above our own is humbly letting our God work thru us, in us and for us.

Changing our heart, cleansing us in His perfect love.
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Discover Faith

As you travel east on I84 there is a state park just west of Hood River Oregon called Starvation Creek. This park resonates with me, there is a calm beauty that truly does not reflect its name. History tells us a snow storm stalled two trains there and supplies had to be brought in by skis from Hood River to keep the passengers from starving. How often does our train stall, we get stranded and don’t even know it? Supplies are sent and we look to those who brought them with a “what is that for” attitude. So often our hearts become so full of today that seeing the sunrise is blocked by the cloudless sky. Day and night blend together into one continuous fog. We need the light to see we are stalled and in desperate need, but again the cloudless sky hides the light. Faith, this begins the clearing of our heart, faith, requires we believe He is there when we can’t see Him thru our fog. Suddenly, thru faith, the cloudless sky clears! Hebrews 11, the record of faith, the results of faith, the love of faith, faith, powerful force from and thru Christ, “the founder and perfect or of our faith” Hebrews 12:2.
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Arrogant Heart

Proverbs 16:5 “ Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord, be assured, he will not go unpunished “. The Arrogance of mans heart, so full of man that there is no room for God or anyone other than self. Man continues to absorb the world believing he is in sole control and therefore all credit is his also. King Herod had the “ Words of The Lord “ on His lips and yet took credit for those words in his heart. Acts 12:23 “and immediately the angel of the Lord smote Him, because he didn’t give God the glory”. Giving God the glory, comes from our heart, the heart hardened to the Lord can’t, nor desires to Glorify God, yet a heart turned to the Lord, nurtured by the Lord, seeks to glorify Him who should be glorified. Giving God the glory comes from a humble heart, a heart that feels the depth of the love of the Lord in our lives.Can we even begin to understand the meaning of “abomination” before the Lord, this appears to be the worst of the worst, one inciting a response from the Lord that is total and sometimes final, apparently it is used when there is a tremendous breach in the connection between our heart and His. An abomination is to our Lord, a heart so self centered that there is no room for Him, this arrogance denies His existence, credits self for all and expresses life from, evil. Proverbs 16:9 “the heart of a man plans his way, but The Lord establishes his steps”. Our heart seeks its own path, when the only true path for our life is the one designed for us by Him. Yet even knowing this we continue the practice of seeking our own way. Pharaoh, Herod, Moses, Abraham and even King David, these great men sought their own way and history records the punishments, in the case of Moses, no promised land, Moses took responsibility in his heart and stands with God today. Pharaoh in turn was hard to the end and his eternity is, well not one I would even venture to describe.
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Heart Again

Proverbs 4:23, “keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life”. Preceded by 4:1,”Hear, O son a fathers instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight”. Insight; the understanding of the true nature of things. “Webster’s “. A call to be mindful of the teachings, the value of what’s to come. Then, defining the heart, “ from it flow the springs of life”. The condition of our heart determines all the choices we make, we choose the Law or we choose the Spirit. Galatians 5:19-24, separates the law from the spirit, a choice we make. Having the spirit in us , but living under law seems to be what we choose, but we can live in the spirit. Galatians 5:25-26 simply states “if we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another “. The law provokes, conceits and creates an attitude of envy, how difficult a way to live. Yet Psalm 16:11, “You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fullness of joy”. We can experience “fullness of joy” with Him, yet…..

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