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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Think About It

Do You Know Your Heart?
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

How well do you know your heart? How well do others? I believe that most if not all keep much of their heart hidden from others. Why? We’re afraid if they really knew us they wouldn’t like us. In fact, there are things about ourselves that we don’t even like.

There is within all of us a hidden part that we keep secret. We store away our thoughts and fears. Sometimes it’s because we’re ashamed, or it’s because of guilt. It’s not that someone told us that we were guilty or that we should feel shame, we just do. To compound the problem, sometimes that hidden part controls everything we do. It tells us what to think and feel about situations and sometimes even other people. We hide it from others because we’re convinced that if they really knew that part of us, we’d be rejected and abandoned.

Jesus spoke about the heart in Matthew 15:19 when he said, “For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.” The potential is the same for everyone. From the same heart that evil comes from can also come good. We might not realize it but we can control our hearts and subsequently what comes out of it. It starts with admitting what’s in it. Part of admitting is to align those things in our hearts with what is true. We do this because who we are today is the culmination of everything we’ve been. Every event, and every experience has been interpreted and stored within our hearts. But not every interpretation is correct or true. We can have many false interpretations and beliefs that keep us prisoners.

When Jesus talked about setting the captives and prisoners free what do you think he was referring to? Isn’t it about those who are being held captive and imprisoned by their own hearts? Confession is nothing more than admitting what God already knows. He, above all others, knows the condition of your heart and he knows all that is in it. Freedom starts with admitting where you are. Every journey begins with a starting point; it’s where you are that determines where you go next. Think about it.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Yes! The day I started living for who God wanted me to be and not for who "man" wanted me to be is the day I truly became free! It's not an easy road, but God is giving me the grace and mercy to fulfill His mission for Me here on Earth. As the author Matthew Kelly says, "Over time we discover that what we really want, deep inside, is what God wants for us." If we truly seek God's will in all things, although we are still human beings with many failings, we have "the peace that surpasses all understanding"...priceless!