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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Revival of the Heart

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.2 Tim 3:7

It is one of the greatest paradoxes of our time that while the 21st century Church has more knowledge of the things of God than in any other era in the Church's history, we are the most godless, materialistic, corrupt, lukewarm and perverse Christians that have ever lived on earth.
In our age, you would find lots of people who can quote the Bible word for word from Genesis to Revelation but they never let the Holy Spirit fulfill the word in their lives.

Our minds are filled with biblical dogma and catechisms but it has no effect on our hearts. They remain blind and uncircumcised.

We zealously emphasize the truths of scripture but we never live them, our talk never matches our walk and because of all this, we have become a bunch of noise makers and merry go rounders who never do what we say and have made ourselves become a mockery to the world because we put Christ's name to shame because of our disobedience.

True Righteousness
Righteousness is not about memorizing the Bible and quoting it at will or about twisting,  jumping and turning as we pray. It is a lifestyle of having a heart relationship with God.

Abraham had no Bible, no church, no daily devotional, no pastor, no example (His Father was a pagan) but he had a heart circumcised by God which enabled Him to be able to fulfill the Words in the Bible even before it existed and that was why God never hid his will from Him.

Noah didn't have a Bible, a church a pastor or a guide. He didn't have any access to the best selling books and devotionals that we have. It is not on record that he ever spoke in tongues but he was able to understand the Mind of God and live His life in a way that pleased God in the godless and perverse generation that he lived in because his heart was acceptable with God.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.Gen 6:8-9
These two accounts should serve as lessons to us today. Righteousness does not emanate from a head relationship with God but from a heart relationship with Him. It is true that we can solve many earthly problems with our heads but we cannot touch and understand God with our heads.

When we rely on our head doctrines rather than the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we unknowingly act the way Adam and Eve  acted in the garden of Eden: We choose the knowledge of good and evil (death, our own interpretation of reality) to eternal life (The Holy Spirit's presence and interpretation of reality). We choose our own control instead of God's control.

In order for us to live a life pleasing to God and come to a perfect understanding of Him, we must have an inner revival: a revival of our dead and comatose hearts. The dead word that lives in our heads must die at the Cross of Christ and the real Word, the living and active Word, Jesus Christ must live and operate in our hearts. The letter (in our heads) kills but the Spirit in (our hearts) gives life. (2 Cor 3:6)

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