November 23, 2017
OPEN UP YOUR HEART
‘After communion the altar was opened for anyone who wanted to receive prayer. A friend knowing of his friend’s pain tried to encourage him to take a step of faith forward.
“Come on let’s go up for prayer. I’ll go with you for support.”
Sadly the friend answered, “No thanks, my heart is too hard for it to do any good.” He turned away and missed the blessing of brokenness.
‘Make room for us in your hearts,” the Apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthians. We live and die in our hearts—it is when we expose our broken hearts to God that we receive Spiritual healing that can make us whole as He fills the hole.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
Jesus was sent to heal the broken. “He was sent to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from the darkness for the prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1
We try to do “things” for God, to earn His favor, or we pull away from God because we feel unworthy as crazy thoughts fill our heads, but we forget that God doesn’t need our sacrifices, HE WANTS US!
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.’ Psalm 51:17