A Matter Of The Heart

October 27, 1997
by Cassandra Wessel

Romans 10:8-11 – But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

I have a friend who had lived life flying by the seat of her pants. She recently had a massive heart attack, nearly dying. Angrily she complained to the doctor that she had done all he required of her and still she had the attack. Why, when she had lost weight, begun physical activity and watched her intake of fatty foods, had she had the attack? To this the doctor replied, "It's not what you have done in the last six months that counts. It's what you did the last thirty years."

Our bodies are so unforgiving when we abuse them. We do pay the consequences of greasy fast food and an indolent life style. But the good news is that we are not locked into the consequences of spiritual "high living." There is a way to reverse the damage done by years of soul ravaging. All we need do, is turn to Jesus. To those who suffer from the spiritual condition called "hardness of heart," Jesus said, "Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you." Jesus imparts forgiveness to all who come to Him, knowing that in forgiveness is the beginning of freedom and healing. To these congealed of heart, Jesus breathes the warming breath of God's Spirit unclogging their spiritual arteries and filling them with peace and rest. In Jesus, true healing is found.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Forgive my high living and unclog my spiritual arteries. Impart true healing to me. For I pray in your name. Amen.

About the author:

Cassandra Wessel <casswessel@ymail.com>
Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

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