Is Jesus Truly Living in Your Heart?
It had been a long day and I was ever so tired. I decided to take a long walk by the calm river. The wind was blowing gently through the tall oaks. It was a beautiful golden autumn day. And yet, I felt so alone. So much had happened in my life and I was so confused.
I started to talk to the One who knew my deepest thoughts. The One who loved me unconditionally. The One who created me — My Lord Jesus.
“Lord, I asked you to live in my heart, but there are times it feels so empty. Are you really here? Lately, as I’ve prayed, it seems the prayers go no higher than the ceiling.”
“Well, my precious child,” He responded to my heart, “I was waiting for you to ask. There are reasons for the times when you heart feels so empty. You see, when I try to occupy that space in your heart — that room that I need to go into — I try the door, but find it locked. I love you so much that I gave you the keys to all the rooms. And there are those doors I cannot walk through because they are locked. You asked me to be Lord of all, but when I try to enter those rooms, the doors will not budge.”
“I know you gave me your heart, but you put a “do not enter” sign on those special rooms. Thus, without my Spirit inside, those rooms feel empty and very cold.”
“But, Father,” I replied, “those rooms are filled with hurt, confusion and sorrow. They are the only rooms that I have not opened. It will hurt too much. Can’t we leave them closed?”
“No, my child. For me to be the Lord of your life, I have to live in your heart. All of it. We need to open the room up that says, ‘Unforgiveness’ and then you must forgive. Truly forgive and forget.”
“Then we need to go into the one that says, ‘Sorrow’ and let me fill it with my comfort and love. Then we need to go into the one that says, ‘Your Past’ and let me cover it with my blood. I will then take what is in those rooms away and fill them with my love, my compassion and my forgiveness. I will remove the hurt, clean out the wounds and then you will find precious treasure hidden there.”
“I was born in a manger because there was no room in the Inn. That thought made you so sad when you were a child to think there was no room for me. But you see, as long as you won’t allow me to go into those rooms, you are doing the same thing. You are, in fact, saying there is no room. Ask me to go into those rooms and there will be room in your heart for all I want to do in your life.”
For years, I had kept these rooms from him. I would not let Him in. How could I have thought I had made Him Lord of my life when I had not truly given Him ALL of my heart?
I knelt beside the river and asked Jesus to go into those rooms — and He did. And He will for you too. Let Him have your whole heart. Not just a part, but all of it, and you will be forever gloriously changed.
Do You Know Jesus Christ?
Many have heard of Jesus and know a little about Him.
Many sing songs about His birth at Christmas and know that Easter commemorates His resurrection. Some think of Him as a teacher or perhaps the founder of a major world religion. But, do you know Him personally? Do you know that Jesus died and rose again, not to start a spiritual movement but because He loves you and wanted to provide a way for you to know Him?
The Bible tells the story of God’s love for people. In the beginning, God created us to reflect His image and to have a relationship with Him (Genesis 1:27). We were created good, and then sin entered the world. We essentially chose to try life on our own without God, instead of living our lives for God as we were designed.
God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins and bring us into a relationship with Him. Through Him, we can know the promise of eternal life and experience the joy of knowing God here on earth!
If you would like to have a relationship with God, the Bible tells us that the first step is acknowledging that we have sinned and that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s love (Romans 3:23-26). Next, we believe and confess that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9) and allow Him to guide our lives. Where we once wanted to control our own futures, we now invite Jesus into our hearts to be Lord over our lives.
Knowing God’s peace, perspective, and purpose for your life begins with a personal relationship with Jesus.
Would you like to accept Jesus as Lord of your life?
FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO A NEW LIFE WITH JESUS
- God’s purpose is life and peace: God desires for you to have life and peace now and for all eternity.”I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10b
- Recognizing the problem: sin and separation: We were created to know, love and glorify God. When we choose to go our own way, living life in willful disobedience to God, we are choosing to be separated from God both now and for all eternity.The Bible says we are sinners…“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 But God is love…“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 And God is also just…“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
- We cannot save ourselves: Because God is Holy, He cannot allow sin to enter into Heaven. Most people attempt to save themselves by their own efforts, good works or church attendance. The Bible says…“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 How then can a sinful person enter Heaven where God allows no sin?
- We are saved by grace: The good news is… in spite of our sin, Christ died for us.“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not of works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9” But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
- Responding to God’s gift by faith: “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ACCEPT JESUS AS LORD OF YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN PRAY THE FOLLOWING PRAYER:
Lord, I confess that I have sinned against You and ask You to forgive me. I’m sorry that my sin has hurt You and other people in my life. I acknowledge that I could never earn salvation by my good works, but I come to You and trust in what Jesus did for me on the cross.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in.” – Revelation 3:20 NKJV
During a lifetime spent serving God, Leila Morris wrote more than a thousand songs and hymns. Born in 1862, she kept writing even when her eyesight began to fail.
One of her most memorable hymns was written in 1898 while she attended a camp meeting in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. She heard a powerful sermon focusing on repentance. Leila watched as a sophisticated woman responded to the invitation, kneeling in prayer. As the woman clearly was struggling, Leila joined her at the altar.
Inspired by the words of that sermon, Leila told the woman, “Just now your doubting give over.” She heard the song leader encourage the congregation, “Just now reject him no more.” And the minister urged, “Just now throw open the door.”
Reflecting these words, Leila told the kneeling woman that she just needed to “let Jesus come into your heart.” Those words became the title of a hymn.
She wrote, “If you are tired of the load of your sin, if you desire a new life to begin, let Jesus come into your heart.” She knew that He could change lives and cleanse every sin. She prayed, “reject Him no more,” and simply “throw open the door.” He will fill a void that “this world never can fill.”
Today, millions of people need to hear that message. Make sure that Jesus is your Lord. Pray that God would use you to reach souls for Jesus.
Streams in the Desert – March 14
Times have changed, but life’s hard times haven’t
The people kept their distance, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was. (Exod 20:21)
God has still His hidden secrets, hidden from the wise and prudent. Do not fear them; be content to accept things that you cannot understand; wait patiently. Presently He will reveal to you the treasures of darkness, the riches of the glory of the mystery. Mystery is only the veil of God’s face.
Do not be afraid to enter the cloud that is settling down on your life. God is in it. The other side is radiant with His glory. “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings.” When you seem loneliest and most forsaken, God is nigh. He is in the dark cloud. Plunge into the blackness of its darkness without flinching; under the shrouding curtain of His pavilion you will find God awaiting you.
“Hast thou a cloud?
Something that is dark and full of dread;
A messenger of tempest overhead?
A something that is darkening the sky;
A something growing darker bye and bye;
A something that thou fear’st will burst at last;
A cloud that doth a deep, long shadow cast,
God cometh in that cloud.
Hast thou a cloud?
It is Jehovah’s triumph car: in this
He rideth to thee, o’er the wide abyss.
It is the robe in which He wraps His form;
For He doth gird Him with the flashing storm.
It is the veil in which He hides the light
Of His fair face, too dazzling for thy sight.
God cometh in that cloud.
Hast thou a cloud?
A trial that is terrible to thee?
A black temptation threatening to see?
A loss of some dear one long thine own?
A mist, a veiling, bringing the unknown?
A mystery that unsubstantial seems:
A cloud between thee and the sun’s bright beams?
God cometh in that cloud.
Hast thou a cloud?
A sickness—weak old age—distress and death?
These clouds will scatter at thy last faint breath.
Fear not the clouds that hover o’er thy barque,
Making the harbour’s entrance dire and dark;
The cloud of death, though misty, chill and cold,
Will yet grow radiant with a fringe of gold.
GOD cometh in that cloud.”
As Dr. C. stood on a high peak of the Rocky Mountains watching a storm raging below him, an eagle came up through the clouds, and soared away towards the sun and the water upon him glistened in the sunlight like diamonds. Had it not been for the storm he might have remained in the valley. The sorrows of life cause us to rise towards God.