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TRUSTING IN HIM

In preparation for an upcoming study of the book of Colossians, I spent some time listening to a few sermons this morning.

In particular, I focused my attention on the second chapter. I was drawn to the following scriptures in which the Apostle Paul warns the church body of false teaching and ideas that contradict what they have learned about Christ.

Colossians 2: 6-7
My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

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Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.

Let us remember to rely on God’s word and not the words of men to guide our thinking and ultimately our actions. We are bombarded with the “intellect” of men daily. Isn’t it easy to get caught up in listening to the wisdom of men on CNN, Fox News and the like?

Paul admonished the Colossians that the ideas that they embrace do matter. Are the ideas that we accept today grounded in man’s wisdom or the word of truth?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M__eHGicWc

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

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FIX OUR EYES ON HIM!

“Center” by Charlie Hall is a wonderful, worship song that I heard just a few days ago. This song was playing on a local radio station shortly after I heard a sermon on the supremacy of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-4), and how we are called to love Him.

Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment. He responded with the following answer as referenced in Mark 12.

verse 29 – The first and principal one of all commands is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord;

verse 30 – And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment.

I hope that the following song will touch your heart as much as it did mine.

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives
And You’re the center of the universe
Everything was made in You, Jesus
Breath of every living thing
Everyone was made for You

You hold everything together
You hold everything together

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives

You’re the center of the universe

And You’re the center of the universe
Everything was made in You, Jesus
Breath of every living thing
Everyone was made for You

You hold everything together
You hold everything together
You hold everything together
You hold everything together

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives

Lift our eyes

And we lift our eyes to heaven And we wrap our lives around Your life
We lift our eyes to heaven, to You

And we lift our eyes to heaven
And we wrap our lives around Your life
We lift our eyes to heaven, to You

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives
Center of our lives

We lift our eyes

We lift our eyes to heaven
And we wrap our lives around Your life
We lift our eyes to heaven, to You

Source of life, Jesus

We lift our eyes to heaven
And we wrap our lives around Your life
We lift our eyes to heaven, to You

Turn your eyes on Jesus

And turn your eyes upon Jesus
And look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

GOD IS WITH US!

Do  you still remember when you first gave your heart to God? Was it after many years of God trying to get your attention? Was it dramatic … perhaps not quite like the Apostle Paul ‘s conversion, but still a move of God’s spirit that you will never forget? Or, was it a quiet submission to Him?

I remember the evening of my conversion still to this day. He had been speaking to me over many years. Looking back, I had confessed to know Him, but realize now that it was more “head than heart”.  You know the story… went to church growing up … took a detour while in college, but later realized how far I had slipped away while still confessing with my lips that I belonged to Him.

Since then, however, I am happy to say that my “head-knowledge” of God is now a “heart-thing” born out of much nurturing, teaching and guiding by His spirit and those within the body of Christ.

John 6:35 (NIV)

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

The following song “All This Time” is a testimony of how Christian artist, Britt Nicole, met Jesus — where she is now, and as she puts it, … and every single moment between. Enjoy this uplifting and upbeat song as you reflect on your relationship with Christ as a new believer, or one who has walked hand-in-hand with Him for many years.

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

FINDING HOPE

Why God? — a question we probably have all asked God in our times of suffering. The answer, however, may never be revealed, or at least comprehensible in our humanness. But, what we do come to realize through our grief is that God sees our broken hearts. In John 14:16, Jesus says —

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever.  (Amplified)

Please listen to “The Hurt and the Healer “, and the interview with Bart Millard of MercyMe who shares the inspiration behind the song.

Why?

The question that is never far away
The healing doesn’t come from the explained
Jesus please don’t let this go in vain
You’re all I have
All that remains

So here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into Your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide

Breathe
Sometimes I feel it’s all that I can do
Pain so deep that I can hardly move
Just keep my eyes completely fixed on You
Lord take hold and pull me through

So here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide

It’s the moment when humanity
Is overcome by majesty
When grace is ushered in for good
And all the scars are understood
When mercy takes its rightful place
And all these questions fade away
When out of the weakness we must bow
And hear You say “It’s over now”

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When The hurt and the healer collide

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
When the hurt and the healer collide [x2]

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here

Interview with Bart Millard

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

STIR OUR HEARTS, LORD

        “Lord, awake my soul.

                                   Let Your will be done in me.”

The above lyrics, which I consider to be more of a prayer, appears repeatedly in the worship song “Awakening“.  This “calling out” to God is what we often do, spoken or unspoken. He knows our hearts. This desire for a stirring of our hearts that is truly all-satisfying only comes from one source — God alone.

I had an interesting conversation with someone this week who admitted to an emptiness, a boredom in her life. Trying to be as sensitive as possible, a mutual friend and I told her that her heart was longing for something that would truly give her peace and contentment — another college degree, another “feather in her cap”, just wouldn’t do it. We encouraged her to seek Him — in prayer and in His word.

At times, all of us (myself included) have looked for external pleasures, goals and dreams to give us joy. And yes, there is some joy and contentment. But that joy is always fleeting…especially when those things we chase after draw us farther away from God.

So, you see this conversation not only gave us an opportunity to share our testimony, but also to recount the blessing of having a relationship with Him.

Psalms 42:1 

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you,

my God.

My prayer today is simply that we are in a place where His perfect will, can be done in our lives. Talk to God as you listen to this song.

 “Awakening”  Performed by Chris Tomlin

In our hearts, Lord, in this nation
Awakening
Holy Spirit, we desire
Awakening

For You and You alone Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

In Your presence, in Your power
Awakening
For this moment, for this hour
Awakening

For You and You alone
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

For You and You alone
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

Like the rising sun that shines
From the darkness comes a light
I hear Your voice and this is my
Awakening

Like the rising sun that shines
From the darkness comes a light
I hear Your voice and this is my
Awakening

Like the rising sun that shines
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
From the darkness comes a light
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing

Like the rising sun that shines
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
Only You can raise a life
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing

Written by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson and Nathan Nockels

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

 

IN CHRIST

Did you remember that this past Thursday was the National Day of Prayer? It seemed as though that day came upon us very quietly this year. I did not hear much talk about this day; much less than in years past. This week, I was drawn to two prayers that are found in Ephesians, which many bible scholars believe are two of the most beautiful prayers in scripture (Ephesians 1:15-23 and 3:14-21).

The apostle Paul while in prison, writes to the saints at Ephesus and other believers about who they are in Christ and how they are to live out their faith.  Paul’s instructions, like his prayers for the saints, illustrate clearly his genuine love for those whom God has entrusted him.  Listen carefully…

Ephesians 3 (ERV)

14 So I bow in prayer before the Father.

 15 Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him.

 16 I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit.

17 I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.

 18 And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is.

 19 Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.

20 With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.

21 To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

For you who are reading this blog, I pray that you are also strengthened by the Spirit of God; that you are able to know for yourself the love of Christ and all that He has for you.

…and of course, I leave you with a song that I hope will speak to your heart.

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

LAY DOWN YOUR BURDENS!

As we participate in special services and activities during this Easter weekend, let’s remember those who have not yet come to Christ and those of us in the body who are weary. Yes, burdened down by stress and worry and the like. The apostle Peter reminded church elders to cast their cares, all of their anxieties on the Lord because He cares for them (1 Peter 5:7). In Hebrews 4:15-16, we are encouraged to go boldly to God so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.

And if you (we) have an opportunity to share the good news, let our talk be “seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:6). Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church puts it this way:

Paul is saying here let your talk, specifically about the Lord, let your talk be seasoned with salt. As you serve the dish of the gospel of Jesus Christ, may your mouth testify of his goodness and glory and grace. The best thing you could do in regards to your relationship is to speak beautifully of the God who has saved you.” (Slowing the Pendulum Swing, August 10, 2010).

Please share this song with someone who needs to rest in Him.

Carry You“, by Amy Grant

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia