For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. ~ Rom 10:10
Isn’t it amazing how, when you buy a new car, suddenly everywhere you look you see your make and model? That’s what this past week has been like for me.
My Lifegroup has begun a Rick Warren Bible study and, in the midst of our conversations and emails amongst ourselves, the matter of the “heart” has come up. I, quite interestingly, have noticed I’ve become hypersensitive to anything relating to the heart while I’ve been in the Word these past several days.
Below are a few “heart sightings” I’ve had:
- the goal of instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5)
- when asked what He believed the greatest commandment to be, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
- set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)
Today’s Quiet Time has me shouting from the rooftops because, in the midst of my scribbling out today’s PRONOUNCE IT verse, this is where the Spirit has led me:
From this: “be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6
To this: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:19, 20
Yes, this is the “Great Commission.” No, neither verse speaks directly about the heart.
But it is the desire of my heart. (Ps. 37:4)
He’s called me to share my heart and His Word with other women.
It’s amazing how He has taken a wistful prayer to go to seminary to study His Word and transformed it into a burning desire to be in the midst of a group of women as we pour our hearts into learning from the Word.
To be very truthful, I’m anxious. I have been happily content working with the junior high girls this year and am looking forward to another awesome year with them when we start back in September.
No sooner do I start feeling anxious than He brings me to passages like Philippians 1:6 and Matthew 28:20. Breaking it down to the brass tacks of it, it’s like He’s wrapping Himself around me speaking straight to my heart, “No worries, Lisa. I got this.”
My gracious, God is good.