I have never been a genius, but I have always been intelligent. I have not always been wise, but I have always been intelligent. I have not always applied my intelligence. God gave me a good mind, a quick one, one that reasons well and thinks fast, witty. But that speed of thought and high IQ never served me when I was thinking in my heart selfishly. When I was proud and self-serving, my intelligence was not able to be applied to the people around me. It was strong enough to carry me well but not strong enough to make a difference to others. Intelligence only becomes wisdom with God’s help and with humility and love or God and love of others. Then wisdom happens. It is always a reward from God and always an answer to a humble prayer. Then, with God and the right heart, intelligence converts into wisdom and even genius. ❤
Busch Gardens was packed today as I took my kids there for the last day of our passes, and crowds were thick for every ride, every show. And as I stood with my daughter on the top of the line (almost finished with our 45 minute wait) awaiting the skyride, I looked out over those in line behind us. I saw many people en masse, many cultures, many languages, many religions. I had a sudden burden for the many I was seeing who were lost spuritually. I had a sudden burdened heart for people and prayed for their salvation right there and then. So many there. And Jesus had that burden for His people who rejected Him in Jerusalem and all Israel. And how He must have that same thing over any of His precious created ones who reject Him. I felt it today for my fellow created ones. I saw people even at such an entertaining and beautiful place as Busch Gardens still unable to look away from their cell phones. I saw some people ignoring their kids, preferring their phones, I saw people in Burkas, I saw Hindi third eyes marked, I saw people bored and irritated. Perhaps some or most of these were saved but it felt like many were not. My heart felt a burden for them. I prayed. And I think that is what we need to do. When we are burdened, pray. Then be the best example and light possible. And who knows what a difference that makes. God knows. Someday we will know also in eternity.❤
I absolutely love this song. I forgot about it until God reminded me today of it. If we had a heart as this song represents, what glorious light we would be to the world.❤❤❤
Accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior invites Jesus into your heart and soul. He figuratively knocks patiently and lovingly on our heart’s door until we let Him into it. We have to allow Him in as Master, however, and where most people want Him in as roommate or friend with all the living benefits, it is harder for people to want Him in as Master and Lord because this is in direct opposition to our pride and ego, rather narcissistic in tendency at times (or some live there). But Jesus is Almighty God, One of the Godhead, and must be Master. It is simply the natural order of things and He lovingly knows that He is best suited at the position. He can do much much more for us when He takes the reins for He is all- powerful. But He loves our free will and allows it, dictates we keep it, so that when we allow Him in, it is true and free love to Him back.
This whole concept is beautiful and really conveys Jesus’ deep love and frankly respect for each of us.
So, when Jesus is finally invited in as Master, He rules with love and gentility and the fruits of the Spirit. He is not a harsh dictator as His enemy is (who tries to break down your door and demands to be master and wants you dead- stark contrast). Where the enemy’s idea of being master is controlling and domineering you, Jesus superior idea is to guide and strengthen and empower you to do n what you were designed to do in a healthy and peaceful, joyous way. The contrast is incredible.
So, accept Jesus into your heart and soul as Master and see for yourself how beautiful He keeps making you and your life and mind as time goes on in prayer and His Word. It is beautiful!!!❤
A mature woman of God once told me her story. She was a patient of mine, a regular, a real sweetheart. She told me of her heart’s song, the story of her love life. It goes something like this (but without her charming demonstrative flare- you’ll have to imagine it). She was married to a man who was horrible to her for years and was miserable and wanting desperately to be loved and held and treasured by a man. She happened to meet a man she had been friends with a long time but they realized they loved each other. The bad thing was that he was also in a miserable marriage also to a horrible woman. They, for 9 months of bliss together, justified their love because their marriages and spouses were so horrible and they felt so good and whole in each other’s arms and company, it seemed like destiny, they were soul mates in every sense of the word, perfect for each other. It was a perfect fit. Well, the man was being kicked out of his living arrangement and decided to go back to his wife to survive (she would not leave her kids so stayed in the house married technically- divorce being a bad thing back then), leaving her high and dry, not looking back, throwing her away like garbage. She ended up heart broken and almost died of her broken heart, so great was the loss and the betrayal. She yearned for him and mourned him for 9 full months, the amount of time they were together. And I was moved to tears as she still teared up speaking of it, such a sad story, such a broken women before me even telling the story to me so passionately, so empathetic was I to her pain, I felt it equisitely. Then she changed her demeanor entirely and began again. This beautiful old woman told me that the story didn’t end there. She said that she felt alone and friendless after that and decided she would not waste the rest of her life depressed until she died, so she started praying and reading her Bible. A new friend helped her to rebuild her heart a little at a time and she became a strong woman of faith and character and she said Jesus restored and forgave her entirely and He can do the same for anyone. I thanked this beautiful woman for sharing her heart story with me and hugged her. It is not every day you meet someone so willing to share their intimate struggles and testimony. (She gave me permission to share this, by the way.) I think if we all showed people how Jesus changed us and humble ourselves enough to be vulnerable to the listeners and tell it like it is, warts and all, we would help win souls to Jesus for salvation and eternal life with Him in heaven. Jesus has saved us all who are saved and someone may need to hear your heart story to be saved. Never be too proud to tell it. Or rather, be more proud of Jesus and how incredibly He saved you from it that what it might look like that you were imperfect enough to need salvation in the first place. ❤
Where there is a human being on this planet in this condition, there is a heart within that person struggling against impurity. It can be subtle like thinking too much of household upkeep to as damaging as harboring hate to commit a crime against another or self and any possible scenario between. Most of the time an excess of pride and thus selfish thinking, considering one’s self way too highly, is the greatest purity harmed because things are justified such as wanting someone else’s things or looking at things we should not or pampering yourself with monies allocated for missions or whatever. And we get here to the point. Jesus Christ is catching away the true, pure of heart Christians on this planet probably pretty soon here. There will be a catching up and we will be removed from this planet so we don’t have to go through the horrors of the tribulation. Those Christians impure of heart or lukewarm or lazy in their walk or relationship with Jesus Christ will have to go through the horrible tribulation to purify themselves and prove they choose God. I do not want that and certainly don’t want hell in my eternal future, so I want a pure heart and passionate walk and relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I sure bet you do to. So how do we do that? From my viewpoint, deprivation and humility, constant prayer with fastinh, Bible reading, and loving/serving people in your path every time you meet them. That is it. I say “deprivation” because that is how rich Americans would see letting go of luxuries that distract such as idols, money, fancy things, salon and spa appointments, social media and tech, most movies and tv shows, most news, porn, drugs, alcohol, whatever distracts and has been more time consuming and attention enrapturing than God and worshipping Him and your relationship with Him. The Bible is truth. Everything written in it is truth. It has happened or will happen. We must be pure and strong in faith and action and purity of heart and encourage others to be also. I really want everyone saved and so does God in His great love and grace! Praise God! Fall back in love with Him or just deepen your love for Him and throw distractions away. Be ready with me, might be today or in a few years but I have a saying on my fridge: “Jesus is coming for me today… unless He doesn’t.” It is better today day be safe than sorry when the stakes are so high. And God is so amazing and worthy and loving Him as He loves us is so wonderful! You can not go wrong.