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What is in your Heart?

What is in your Heart?

Scripture: 1 John 2:15

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Reflection.

A lot of Christians have fallen in love—not with Christ, but with the world.  Giving yourself over to having Christ fill your heart is crucial.  How are we to know what our hearts truly think?  based on what we say!  Speaking from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.  The pastors’ words and sermons come from their overflowing hearts.  Most often, what do you hear about?  We hear words like wealth, success, prosperity, etc. a lot.  Our hearts have been full of these things.  Our hearts are filled with both the love of the world and the things that inhabit it.

All Christians have Jesus knocking on their hearts and pleading to be allowed inside. He desires to occupy His proper position. He desires to expel all unauthorized occupants from His children’s hearts who have no right to be there. 

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

When evangelists are attempting to win people over to Jesus Christ, they frequently quote this verse.  This Scripture, surprisingly, has nothing to do with conversion or salvation.  It is a letter addressed to the church, with Jesus Christ beckoning from the outside.  Why is Jesus waiting outside the door of His own church?  For what reason does Christ’s own body not accept Him?

Let’s consider this story shared by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills he titled-MARGARET.

I once heard this story of a lady called Margaret.  During the Second World War, many young Germans were forced to join the army to fight for their country. There was a young lady called Margaret who had just been married to this handsome young soldier.  Unfortunately, shortly after their marriage he had to leave for the battlefield.  In great sadness he wept over his new bride Margaret and kissed her a hundred times.  He said “bye bye” to her and left for the war. 

He dearly wanted to come back to his beautiful bride Margaret. Unfortunately, he was sent to the front lines and was captured almost immediately by the Russian army.  He thus became a Russian prisoner of war and was sent to work in the camps. In the prison, he prayed constantly that he would be released so that he could go back to his beautiful bride, Margaret. Being a prisoner of war was a terrible experience.  He suffered very much and was subjected to the hard labour of a prisoner of war. Every day, when he got up, he would think of Margaret!  In every step he took during the day, carrying rocks and boulders from place to place; in the cold and in the heat, he thought of only one thing, Margaret! 

The years went by, and Germany lost the war. The prisoners were excited because they hoped to be released alive. One day the commander of the prisoners of war came up with a list of prisoners who were to be released.  This young soldier was excited because he thought he would be released. Unfortunately, when the names were read out, his name was not on the list. His hopes were dashed! He was greatly disappointed, and his heart sank.  He had lost the chance to see Margaret. 

But the very next week, another list of prisoners to be released was read out by the commander of the prison and this young soldier’s name was on the list.  What a day of rejoicing that was!  He could think of only one thing, Margaret! “I am going to see Margaret!” He packed his few belongings and took a train to Germany to see his beloved Margaret!

Through every step of that long journey, he thought of only one thing Margaret! When he finally arrived in his town, he was shocked to find that almost every building had been bombed and the town that he once knew was basically a pile of rubble. He walked down the street and came to the road where he had lived with Margaret. 

To his amazement, their house was one of the few still standing.  His heart began to beat as he walked up to the door.  The moment of truth had come.  He knocked on the door and waited in silence, wondering if anybody lived in that house.  Suddenly, he heard footsteps, which he recognized. “These are the footsteps of Margaret,” he thought.

Suddenly the door opened and there she was, more beautiful than the noonday sun, more splendid than she had looked on her wedding day!  The young soldier lifted his hands and screamed, “Margaret, I am back!”

Suddenly, something terrible happened.  Margaret slammed the door and locked it.  The young soldier was shocked.

He began knocking and banging on the door, “Margaret, Margaret, I am your husband.  Open the door!  Margaret, Margaret, I am your husband.  Open the door!” 

But she did not open the door. He could not believe what was happening.  Why was Margaret not opening the door?  This young man who had looked forward to seeing his beautiful bride was now in a state of shock.  He stood outside the door knocking and calling for Margaret, but she simply did not open the door. 

Do You Want to Know Why?

Do you want to know why Margaret did not open the door?  I will tell you why.  It is the same reason why the church is not opening the door of its heart to Jesus. There was somebody else in the house!  That is why Margaret did not open the door!  Another man had come to live in the house whilst Margaret’s husband was away at war.  Something and someone else was in there and the rightful owner was on the outside begging. 

Jesus is equally standing at the door of the heart of the church today, asking to be let in to take His rightful place.  Unfortunately, other things are in there and that is why Jesus is on the outside.

The love for the world has filled the heart of the church and Jesus is outside knocking and asking to be let in. 

Money, wealth, and the deceitfulness of them all, have possessed the pulpit and the pew alike.  No wonder Jesus is asking to be let back into His wealthy, last-day church!  Satan has crept in and occupied the chair that he has no right to. 

If Jesus occupies our hearts, we will be filled with the knowledge of His will and be in love with Him and not with the world.  It is sad that our hearts have gone after earthly and worldly things.  It is indeed pathetic that mammon has been welcomed into the church and has replaced Christ.  We are richer than we have ever been but if Christ is outside then our riches will become a snare to us.  “But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalm 106:14-15).

Prayer.

Dear Lord! I choose to allow you to come into my heart at this very moment. I declare that you are the rightful owner of my heart. Please, take absolute control now and forever, amen.

REF. BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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