Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Eyes of Our Heart

How often have some waited for a sign of hope?
How often have some wished for a plate a little less empty?
How often have some longed for that powerful friend and comforter?

I am reminded through Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus that Hope, Inheritance, and Power are before us if we simply open the eyes of our hearts.
"having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might" (Ephesians 1:18-19 ESV)
“I want to live so that I am truly submitted to the Spirit's leading on a daily basis. Christ said its better for us that the Spirit came and I want to live like that is true. I don't want to keep crawling when I have the ability to fly.”  - Francis Chan, Forgotten God

This is at the heart of our Christian life; living, not surviving. Chan also remarked in the same book that it's difficult to say He is our Comforter if we're always comfortable. The Christian life is indeed not marked by comfort, but it certainly is marked by joy. So often we have this idea that joy is lost or transactioned in exchange for suffering and sacrifice.

When I read His Word I see sacrificial living, not joyless living.

I pray that our hearts can be opened, so that through sacrifice, we can experience His immeasurable joy in our daily living. Through an open and enlightened heart, we can find our Hope, trust in our inheritance, and rest in His powerful arms.

And enjoy the song ... and smile ... :)

His,
~Matt

Metrics

I found that I have my own "metrics" that God gave me that can help in identifying my overall health. Also, as I found, when we wander from His Path and feel lost, we very well may not be as lost as we think we are.



His,
~Matt

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Purging ...

Today I'm focusing on purging some things in particular from my life, mostly surrounding the struggle I have with control. My first reaction is to say that this is not an overnight change. However done correctly, I turn this over to the Holy Spirit, and I have absolute confidence that He can regenerate me in a moment.

Much of the disconnection I've been facing lately regarding my spiritual, emotional, and physical health has been surrounding this issue of control. I glean no joy from control, only bitterness, and yet I keep returning to this empty well expecting it to bring peace and life, when the only one that can do that is God Himself.

So I start my day with another beautiful run and even a couple children to join me on it. As I sit here in the park realizing how much beautiful time I have wasted trying to control situations rather than enjoying Him, I feel his refreshing forgiveness and love shining down on me.

His,
Matthew

Matthew 6:27 (ESV)
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?


Friday, September 6, 2013

Trimming the Fat

So after going back and forth for a long time, I decided I needed a break from most of my virtual world. Twitter, Facebook, Google+ (yes, that still exists), Instagram, etc. Spiritually, emotionally, and physically I needed to push the reset button and get back to the foundations and rebuild. I need to trim the fat from my life, in more ways than one!

In a nutshell, I was being a poor steward of the time I was being given.

I was missing my time with Him.
I was not taking care of my health.
I was letting the flesh triumph.

Short but beautiful and fun run this morning
I was doing some great things ... but ...
 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first." (Revelation 2:2-4 ESV)
So I find myself coming back to my first love; God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the amazing and beautiful Divine Person; the holy Ghost.

This day of rejuvenation has been beautiful, and I finally feel that things are beginning to fall in place again. Thanks Only to the Foundation that I lay in Christ Jesus ... what a wonderful Savior.

Being Filled ...

~Matthew
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