Recently, someone shared a scripture with me that has been pulsating through my mind ”…the heart is the wellspring of life.” Since the time I have been able to understand the simplest lesson on human anatomy, I have known that the heart is where all physical life hinges. And, it was right on the heels of that knowledge, that I realized emotional and spiritual well being are veined to the heart, as well. The scripture declares to guard the heart because it is the spring of life. However, not enough of us follow the instruction. Then when emotional battles scar and wounds are open, and the chambers of the heart become clogged with hurt and pain, we wonder why it feels like death. Well, it is a heart attack of sorts. Consider that your heart is the wellspring…and when it has been damaged, life is altered. Just like when physical arteries become blocked, our emotional and spiritual arteries can become obstructed, and we may feel numb. Then our thoughts and sometimes actions run rampant trying to overcompensate for the lack of flow. Is that why the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter? It’s the emotional and spiritual stint. Even more, it is as the pacemaker that can regulate our griefs back to normalcy.
But then we have to come to grips with “…the heart is deceitful above all things…who can know it?” In other words, who can understand the degree of wickedness of the heart? This heart irony, I call it, seems perplexing. For one, we are instructed to keep our heart…yet it is deceitful and wicked. Why in the world would we have a desire to protect something of this nature? Because, of course, it is the wellspring of life…the source of life. Even though we don’t know our own hearts, we should do everything we can to keep it functioning properly. Giving our heart to Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, will be the awning of protection, and His shed blood will cover the heart’s wicked deception.
The irony of the heart leads to one place…the cross of Jesus Christ.
What are you searching for? What am I searching for?
Last summer, I started writing a blog about GRACE. I never finished it. Therefore, I never posted it. Then last night, God dropped this bombshell right into my heart. ”Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
I have heard this scripture quoted all of my life. I have heard preachers deliver an entire message from this scripture. I have recited this scripture since I was about four years old. I have even sung the Sunday School song, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Tonight It penetrated the chambers of my heart.
The Bible does not say that Noah found “favor” in the eyes of the Lord. It simply says he found grace. Ironically, grace is the unmerited favor of God. A favor that is undeserved, a favor that has no conditions attached, that meritless favor is grace. So why in the world are so many people looking for FAVOR? If Noah found grace, that must mean he was looking for grace. He found grace before he built the ark, not after. The mentality of most of humanity would have been, “I’ll build this ark, and you can do me a favor…save my hide.” It’s even more interesting that the dispensation of grace had not begun, yet it was already in the eyes of God. The popular stance of “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” unfortunately has filtered into the realm of the church world. But the Bible clearly states that we are saved by grace.
What are you searching for? What am I searching for? Favor? I think not.
I am searching for GRACE. First grace, then the ark of safety will be built around my life.
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In case you haven’t heard, the new EP Lead Me by Hayley Masters is here! This dynamic collection of original songs is available on iTunes or hayleymasters.com or at area Christian bookstores. Be sure to get your copy today!
What a fantastic weekend of fun!! LA DeltaFest at the Monroe Civic Center is in full swing with a kidzone, petting zoo, bands, and all kinds of family activities. At 3:45 today, Hayley and her band will be performing so come on out and enjoy a fantastic day of stupendous FuN!
In just a few hours I will be meeting up with Louisiana Allstate Youth Choir 2011. It’s going to be a great night of worhship on Friday, April 15 in Church Point, Louisiana. Come on out an join us if you’re in the area!
Yesterday, I visited 88.7FM the Cross and was challenged to an impromptu country song dual with Jon Shows. Now folks, I do believe he had the competitive edge, as he had previously reviewed the never-before-written song titles. And I got stuck with singing “I’m Not a Petunia But I Still Love Ya”. So, I need YOUR support! You can visit http://www.facebook.com/887fm and cast YOUR VOTE.
Tune in Wednesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. to hear Hayley live on 88.7FM the Cross. She will be talking about her new album Lead Me that is now available on iTunes. She would love for you to call in and give your support to Christian radio! 1-800-898-1230 http://www.887fm.org