Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Heart Conditions (Part 10)
He had in His Right Hand seven stars, out of His Mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His Countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Revelation 1:16 (NKJV)
'Let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.'
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what shall we do?'
Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'
Acts 2:36-38 (NKJV)
When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.
Acts 7:54 (NKJV)
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
Words can cut us to the heart. 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21). Surely, every person on Earth has witnessed or received cutting remarks.
The results of a heart wounded by words can be life-making or life-breaking. It depends on who's holding the sword. If it is Jesus, we will be cut. Because nothing can stop the power of His Word. Not even Satan. But our reaction to His cutting truth begs a choice:
We can either repent and be saved, or we can fight and be lost. Surrender is the only good option.
If the word sword is held by Satan, it will wound the defenseless. Those who do not wear the breastplate of righteousness nor hold the shield of faith become victims.* Results include depression, anxiety, insomnia and even suicide.
If the wounded heart is yours, forgive the one(s) who wounded you. Because forgiveness is a prerequisite for healing. But remember, forgiveness is a choice--not a feeling. Once the right choice is made, God will transform you, your heart and your circumstance.
If the wounded heart belongs to someone else, help him. Defend him. Befriend him. Pray for him. 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40).
To Be Continued...
* Christians should memorize and put on the armor of God daily. Even more, they should pray for their defenseless friends, family, neighbors, classmates and co-workers. And when the situation presents itself, they should stand in their defense.
See Ephesians 6:10-18: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A10-18&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Heart Conditions series.