Our Heart: The Compass*

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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NIV

The most critical aspect of our spiritual life is our heart. I believe our heart is like a compass. A compass identifies where you are headed directionally. It establishes:
(1) where you are
(2) where you are in relationship to where you want to go
(3) how you get pointed in the right direction

Our hearts determine our direction spiritually in much the same way. If we cannot keep our hearts pointed to True North, we will be off in where we are heading. True North is God, our Heavenly Father. If our hearts are not aligned with Him, our maps will be distorted, wobbly, and stilted. By aligned, I mean understanding the magnificence of Our Father’s Love. It means we understand and identify with our identity in Christ. So, if you have not done that, I encourage you. Ask Him into your heart and you will find healing and restoration. It is the first step in establishing relationship with the Greatest Love you can ever know.

Father, guide my heart. Help me to always look to You first, my True North, before setting course for any destination. Thank you for your Great Love and the perfect design of my heart, mind, and spirit in Your image!

Acts 2:21, 38; John 1:12, Romans 8:21, Philippians 2:15 NIV

* excerpt of Spiritual Life Map: Finding the Compass

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Accepting Wise Counsel

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“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” Proverbs 19:20 NIV

I have found that doubt and unbelief contribute to me being slow to act in obedience to God’s Word. It keeps me from moving forward. The more often doubt and unbelief weigh into my decisions, the more delays keep me from receiving my heart’s desires. It can be a vicious circle.  The more delays, the more doubt and unbelief. It may start as a little thing.  It can continue to grow and rob me of more and more of what God has for me. Sometimes others see it before I do.  Their wisdom and counsel are a breath of fresh air. They give me new perspective to take back to the Lord in prayer.

Father, I repent. Help me be sure-footed and know that You are always with me.  I am never alone! Keep me firmly rooted in Your Word as a discipline to my heart.  Give me faith to move forward and believe for the best! Keep my heart humble and accepting of wise counsel.

Proverbs 2:1-9, 8:34-35

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Believing Is Seeing

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“Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 NIV

God loves love and faith.  Everything operates out of those two things.  Once we have accepted Christ as our Savior, those are two very important keys to the kingdom of God.

Love governs our relationships — most centrally, our relationship with God.  If we love Him with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength, then we want to meditate on His Word in order to be more like Him and please Him.  We will want to walk and talk each and every day with Him.  We will want to be quick to be obedient when He has a request of us.

Faith is the manifestation our love of God in us and God’s love for everyone through us.  Faith is the special sauce that creates power and momentum.  It opens up the impossible and allows God’s Living Word to flow through us to touch others, do the miraculous and change lives.

Father, stretch me.  Stretch my heart and faith muscles.  Make me fit and strong and nimble to do whatever You ask of me.  Thank you for Your Living Word and the life that flows from it.  I pray it will flow through me.

Mark 12:30, Matthew 22:37, Luke 10:27, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Hebrews 11:6, James 1:6

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Appointed Times

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“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.“ Habakkuk 2:3-4 NASB

Father, thank you for Your promises, Your deliverance and Your Word. Thank you for Your love, Your power and Your might that You wield on my behalf. Thank you for going before me and coming behind me. Thank you for Your favor.

Father, please search my heart to make it right and suitable for You. Take my heart and purge it of any prideful or soulish desires. I yearn to be in full communion with You, believing Your promises and waiting patiently and hopefully for Your timing.

1 Corinthians 4:5, Galatians 3:11, Ephesians 2:10

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Confessions Of An Instrument Pilot*

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“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,“ 1 Peter 1:8 NIV

I recently read an article entitled “Confessions of an Instrument Pilot.”* As I read through his points of discomfort, they really resonated with me in my faith walk.  Here are some excerpts, see what you think:

“A year ago I raced through my…training, learning just what I needed to know…according to…minimum standards.”

“I met the requirements…But that doesn’t mean I’m comfortable with exercising that privilege.”

“Now I find myself anxious…without another…pilot beside me.”

“I lost faith in my abilities to interpret and visualize an approach. The idea of…deviating from what I had planned puts me on edge.”

“If I had trained harder, I wouldn’t feel so uncomfortable….”

I find that when everything is rosy and I feel God’s favor in my life, I am relaxed and calm.  However, when things get bumpy and I don’t see or understand why, I get edgy.

I can see the similarity between instrument flying and walking in faith.  Both have to trust what is unseen.  The pilot has to trust the instruments and their readings regardless of their sensations.  As a Christian, I have to trust God’s Word and my relationship with Him regardless of my desires. Just like the pilot, I can’t always see where I am heading.  I have to trust the instruments that God has given me (His Word and the Holy Spirit) to guide me.

Thank you Lord for Your tools and Your flight plan! Help me trust You more every day and not deviate from Your headings. I believe in You. I love You. You fill me with inexpressible joy.

John 20:29, 2 Corinthians 4:18, 5:7; Hebrews 1:1

*Confessions of an Instrument Pilot: 10 Steps to IFR Absolution http://flighttraining.aopa.org/magazine/2010/December/ifrtraining.html

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Fly

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“So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.” Hebrews 3:19 NASB

Unbelief. Skepticism. Doubt. Distrust. Suspicion. These words all have a harsh edge to them.  They have an intellectual questioning, reasoning or arrogance that we know better.

Confidence. Full trust. Integrity. Strength. Honor.

These words are powerful.  It’s like a special additive that super-charges your engine. In order to operate in this state of mind, it’s an “all in” kind of thing.  There is no room for doubt and unbelief.

This is where God wants us.  He wants us to reside in full trust.  Full confidence.  In integrity and strength and honor.  We are the conduit, but He is the power.  He is the fuel that powers it all.  In order for Him to ignite the fuel, we have to be able to rest in Him.  Not wrestle and fight Him with our intellect and reasoning.  Not hanging onto things out of fear.

Fear is a weight that keeps us from being air born in our faith.  Picture a hot air balloon.  There are all kinds of weights to keep it on the ground prior to take off.  The weights have to be jettisoned in order to get the lift required to fly.  Similarly, we have to jettison fear in order to rise above the natural and the expected.  We have to jettison fear in order to embrace flight. We have to let go in order to grab hold of something new and different.

Remember.  God’s thoughts and ways are different than ours.  Be open to new and different! Get ready to fly!

Lord, help me trust Your wings and Your destination.

Hebrews 3:12-14, Hebrews 4:12-14, Hebrews 5:6-10, 14

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