miércoles, 27 de junio de 2012

Tin Man: New Heart

In our story, suddenly appears an interesting character called the "Tin Man" who longs for a heart to feel... to solve this problem, "The Wizard of Oz Liar" gives a clock to our friend. What a deception. For the "Wizard of Oz", the only value of our hearts is that it lasts a certain time... is as the clock of our existence and so we must do everything it wants before the time runs out. What a lie and is a shame that this lie has worked so well has given our enemy.

Haven't you noticed the sense of urgency  we all live with? At a certain age you "should" have finished school... at a certain age you "should" have gotten married... immediately after marriage you "ought" to have a baby... right after the child walks, you "ought" to have another baby... at the end of a relationship you "have" to find the replacement... The heart has become a clock against which we must fight and the way to do this is to please him in everything because we must do "what the heart says"... Believe me... If I tell you a couple of things that my heart has told me, you'd probably won't ever  read my blog again... Not because I'm the worst of sinners, but because I have a damaged heart... We like the idea of ​​doing what is in the heart, but in reality we don't entirely agree with that phrase...

"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"

Do you know how many murderers could tell that they kill people because "their heart" tells them to? Do you think Adolf Hitler needed therapy to overcome the frustration of having caused the Holocaust? Or do you think Osama Bin Laden had any remorse for having planned, organized and executed the murder of more than 4,000 people in the attack on the Twin Towers? "Doing what the heart says" only works when it is the desire of OUR heart that we follow, but not when it's the heart of a rapist or a sexual predator, or a abusive and violent man or a thief who "only wants to supply for his family".

After our minds, the heart is the second most important thing to monitor... Your mind is easier, is abstract... You can control it and make it think what you want... but the heart... who do you "make it" feel something different... the heart... is deceitful... Who can understand it?

Who can understand the heart of a woman who is savagely beaten by a man, but won't denounce him because she loves him? Who can understand the heart of a teenager with great parents, but who insists on mixing with bad influences? Who can understand the heart of a woman who can't have a satisfactory sex life because of abuse in her past? Who can understand the heartache of the rejected? Who can understand the heart of a bitter person? Only God can do... and wants to.

There is an anonymous and common saying here in the United States: "You can take a man out of the 'hood, but you can't take the 'hood out of a man"... We must allow God to, not only get us out of bad situations, but take bad situations and decisions out of our hearts. Look what happened to the people of Israel in the wilderness:

But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”

Many say and believe that God kept Israel in the wilderness, but it wasn't that... Israel kept God in the wilderness for 40 long years of complaining and murmuring, because they heard "what their heart had to say". Israel left Egypt, but Egypt never left their hearts... Their hearts said, "Meat, fish, honey... Egypt"... and when their mouths were opened, the heart had already spoken ...

What's in your heart? What are your greatest desires? Is God a part of them?

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

Can you already control your mind and direct it to God?... Then it's time to care for and protect your heart... don't let it lead you... Direct your heart towards God.

New mind and new heart... Now what? The road is hard and complicated, you need COURAGE... Read tomorrow: "The Lion: Courage"


God bless you,

Pastor D
David Pimentel


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