Thursday, July 17, 2014

Struggling to Have a Heart like Jesus

Struggling to Have a Heart like Jesus

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You know how God will speak to you through certain passages within the Bible, through a study, or through a devotion, or even through a sermon and usually the message is about something you need to correct within yourself. Well, more than anything in this world I want to have a heart like Jesus. Today, I followed a rabbit trail and discovered something amazing. For the first time, the light clicked on and the Lord revealed an amazing truth to me.

I have always had this emboldened image in my mind as to what a person with a heart like Jesus should be like - a bubbly outgoing sociable person who had an angelic glow and was always giving and serving. I failed in achieving to be like such a person. I thought I will never have a heart like Jesus for I am to shy, I lack the gift of speaking and intelligence, I have health issues, I am at a lost most of the time as to what my gifts are so not sure where I should serve and pretty much dirt poor which makes it hard to give or do anything to help out. I thought how can I do his will and have a heart like his when I failed in all these areas. I thought Lord, I am not perfect and it is way too hard of a struggle to become like this person.

However, the struggles we go through in life is how our Lord shapes and molds us into being just like him and to have a heart just like him. I let the enemy’s tactics that plague this world throw fear, shame, doubt, ignorance, and envy at me to bring me down and interfere with what the number one goal of every Christian should be – to have a heart like Jesus. Why? Because I have been so hung up on the struggle to become like this perfect person and forgot that there is no perfect person. Jesus was the only perfect person that ever walked on this earth. None of us will ever be perfect if we were perfect we would not have to seek God for help, guidance, comfort and wisdom. How important it is for us to remember Philippians 4:13 (KJV), “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

The Lord provides us strength to get us through the struggles in our lives. As we depend on him, and seek him daily through His word and prayer the more we begin to be more like him and to have a heart like his. If we lack the will and diligence and are bound and determined to have our feet in two worlds ( this world and the world in which our Lord resides in), we will never discover what it means to have a heart like Jesus and the enemy of this world will hold us back and will delight in seeing us fall and crumble.

The enemy knows I will never measure up. We all fall short of the glory of God. But to strive to have a heart like Jesus can be shown in many ways; it can be a smile, a hug, a touch, a prayer, an anonymous donation, providing a meal, or a helping hand. It is the little things that touch the heart, heal the heart and show how much we love each other. Sometimes we are limited at what we can do or say because of a disability, but that does not matter to Jesus and it does not mean we do not have a heart like Jesus or can prevent us from having one if we only abide in his commandment as in John 13: 34-35 (KJV), “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

It is important to remember that the enemy doesn’t want us to love one another, to be like Christ and to do God’s will. He wants us to be torn, to be confused and to be inflicting emotional pain upon one another. The enemy’s goal is to keep us from loving like Christ. We need to guard our hearts from the enemy, seek the Lord daily and ask him to put a hedge of protection around all of our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV), “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

We will continue to walk through this world struggling to achieve the great love that our Lord has for each and every one of us, but if we cast our worries upon Him, obey and do His will, He will take care of our hearts.

Father God,
Please give us a heart that overflows with love for each other. A heart that is like yours and one that long’s for your will and not the enemy’s will. Help us to protect our hearts from the enemy’s attacks that would prevent us from having a loving heart like yours. Enshroud us with your love; help us to make you the focus of everything in that we do daily. Guide us, direct us and help us in our time of need.

Amen.
Love to you all and God Bless!
Carol