Thursday, January 12, 2012

Totally Surrendered to Jesus……….. Part II

“…..One thing you lack. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”   Mark 10:21 NIV

Jesus knew that only the single-hearted are free from all the things that tempt and torment the half-hearted.

“Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”  Jesus knew that only such a radical decision would free the man from his divided heart.

So many of us have put our security and based our foundation upon our bank accounts, spouses, jobs, homes …etc, which can cause us to have idols that produce a divided heart.

We trust in the things we own, see and possess rather than faith in Jesus Christ.   Many people who have been hurt, abandoned, poor, and homeless or rejected have a difficult time trusting totally in Jesus. They claim they do but their actions do not line up with their words.  They cannot see or touch Jesus in the natural and that makes it even more difficult to trust in His Word.  

Therefore, they are apt to trust in bank accounts, spouses and jobs.  Their security becomes more important than obedience to God.   It is sad but their past controls their future.  Their past builds their security foundation even if it is built in bad, abusive relationships and unhealthy environments because they only trust what they see.   They are afraid to risk stepping out in faith because their past controls their heart.

This does not mean they love God any less.   Their heart is divided by worldly security, fear, emotions, deception and a lack of faith. 

 I desire to surrender and have an undivided heart but I cannot because………………(you answer it?)

Proverbs 4:23 says:

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

How would you live differently, if you believed your heart was the treasure of the Kingdom of God?

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

You see, your heart is the place where the abundant life Jesus promised flows into you.

You can’t ignore your heart and expect to hear from God.

Take some time to ask the Lord to search your heart, and then ask for the courage to give over to Him whatever it is that’s giving you a divided heart.  

When you exchange it for the peace and joy that comes to those with a single-hearted focus, you won’t have any regrets.

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