March 22nd, 2011 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »
March 22, 2011
Did not our heart burn within us . . . ? —Luke 24:32

We need to learn this secret of the burning heart. Suddenly Jesus appears to us, fires are set ablaze, and we are given wonderful visions; but then we must learn to maintain the secret of the burning heart— a heart that can go through anything. It is the simple, dreary day, with its commonplace duties and people, that smothers the burning heart— unless we have learned the secret of abiding in Jesus.

Much of the distress we experience as Christians comes not as the result of sin, but because we are ignorant of the laws of our own nature. For instance, the only test we should use to determine whether or not to allow a particular emotion to run its course in our lives is to examine what the final outcome of that emotion will be. Think it through to its logical conclusion, and if the outcome is something that God would condemn, put a stop to it immediately. But if it is an emotion that has been kindled by the Spirit of God and you don’t allow it to have its way in your life, it will cause a reaction on a lower level than God intended. That is the way unrealistic and overly emotional people are made. And the higher the emotion, the deeper the level of corruption, if it is not exercised on its intended level. If the Spirit of God has stirred you, make as many of your decisions as possible irrevocable, and let the consequences be what they will. We cannot stay forever on the “mount of transfiguration,” basking in the light of our mountaintop experience (see Mark 9:1-9). But we must obey the light we received there; we must put it into action. When God gives us a vision, we must transact business with Him at that point, no matter what the cost.

We cannot kindle when we will The fire which in the heart resides, The spirit bloweth and is still, In mystery our soul abides; But tasks in hours of insight willed Can be through hours of gloom fulfilled.


March 22, 2011

I think I am learning a lesson in a series of lessons about staying connected to you Lord, even though I may have sinned and or fallen short of your laws and my expectations. It is a lesson about embracing you even when I feel unworthy of your love, mercy and grace.

And God says…”You will fail Me, others and yourself. Trying not to fail is like walking on rocks in a river, teetering every time there is a wind or wave and you lose your balance. I came to give you life and life more abundantly, to set you free from the bondage of sin…not that you would sin no more, but that you would stay connected to Me through Jesus Christ. And through the connection let me change you from the inside out. Whatever happens in your life know that I will not leave you. Nothing can separate you from My love…nothing.

Romans 8:38-39 (New International Version, ©2011)

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.




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