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Pastor's Note for March 2014

Posted on Wed, Mar 5, 2014

Transforming the Heart to Respond

Transforming the Heart to Respond

“…Blessed are the pure in heart, for they WILL see God!” (Matthew 5:8)

Transforming requires an intentional decision to change.  We may have a tendency to hope God will invade our lives and turn us upside down and inside out for His purposes.  But the truth is, there is a threshold that even God himself does not cross and it’s our choice.  The wooing and gentle nature of the Holy Spirit is presented in the Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and I shall knock. If a man listens to my voice and will open the door, I also shall come in and I shall have supper with him, and he with me.”  Fellowship with God is the ultimate transforming experience.  Once we let Him in, He goes to work almost immediately to calibrate or adjust our heart towards Him.  Our response can only be on target when our hearts are pointed to what really matters.  If we place our interests before His, our response may be good and even appropriate; but not holy or timely. Responsive hearts are covered with humility, reachability, and teachability.  If the lord continues to knock at the hearts of our door and we reject His desire to fellowship with us, we may begin the process of grieving the Spirit and eventually quenching the Spirit (see Ephesians 4:30 & 1 Thessalonians 5:19). If we liken God to some pesky and arrogant neighbor who always thinks he or she is right about everything, then we may be more apprehensive to let Him in. Likewise, if we compare God to mentors who candidly point out our flaws and demand a level of perfection that will be impossible to attain, then we may not let Him in.  If we should ever have an “ear to hear His voice”, He will come in and have a conference/workshop style meal with us. If our hearts are too hard and unwilling to respond to God’s call, conviction, change, or His blessing, we may need a heart transplant.  Some of us will only hear God when he breaks our heart and rebuilds a new one.  King David understood this very well when he wrote Psalm 51.  After his egregious sins of adultery (Bathsheba) and murder (Uriah), David was confronted by God.  David realized his heart had been corrupted so he responded to God’s “knocking” by penning the words, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me!” (Psalm 51:10)  Let’s keep the porch lights of our front doors on and our desire to immediately respond to God’s knocking…And WHEN we fail in this life, the ease of getting up from our comfort with a sinful/damaged heart, opening the door, and “taking His yoke” will be less strenuous.

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

In His Blessing,

Pastor Ron

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