Posts Tagged ‘Heart’
“If you want to exercise the priesthood of your soul, do not let the fire depart from your altar…” Origen – from Sermons on Leviticus.4.2.
I am including a link to a teaching I shared a couple years ago titled Rekindle the Romance. I believe it is helpful for us to remember and rekindle…fanning into the flame the passions of our heart renewed for our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Manuscript here (I am also including the original teaching in the audio file below, if you care to listen)
“Lord Jesus, we follow you, but we can only come at your bidding. No one can make the ascent without you, for you are our way, our truth, our life, our strength, our confidence, our reward. Be the way that receives us, the truth that strengthens us, the life that invigorates us.” [Amen] closing prayer from Ambrose
…and Aaron was silent.
Part of my meditation this week has included “Minding the Inner Life” (see Salvation that Transforms). In this meditation, Pastor Kang, reminds us that the heart is the wellspring of life and teaches that spiritual formation means “cultivating the heart.” As I have reflected and meditated on this teaching, my daily Bible reading has served to bring insight helpful in understanding how much the heart of a man can stand as an obstacle to advancing in the ways of Christ or serve as a catalyst and encourager for transformation to His image.
…daily reading: The last couple weeks have been taking me through the books of Exodus and Leviticus. There have been several points that have been helpful in illustrating the fickleness of the human heart. We are so incredibly quick to flip-flop our attentions and our memory seems very limited, or short, when it concerns the lessons of God versus the desires of our heart. Before I go any further, I should make clear some of the things that standing out in my own memory that have been fueling my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve been attending other reading and other studies, but have been drawn back to my “Romans Road Rules” thoughts and wanted to pick back up again with that exploration. I’m picking up with chapter 10 of Paul’s letter to the Roman believers and following through chapter 13.
The passage that grabbed my attention on this reading adventure follows:
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.’ Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’” Romans 10:9-13
My question is; “what does it really mean to believe in your heart“? Read the rest of this entry »