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Encounter Tuesday

Change. It surrounds us. Every day there are little changes in our schedules, new opportunities, new people and choices to be made. But change can be so much more. It can often be difficult to think about change. It can look like a mountain. An impossible task. Yet others can do it so it is possible.

So where should we start? The truth is we need to look at our settings, because everything we do is based on our settings. Think about your phone, or your computer. You need to make sure you have everything set right. If your WiFi is off you won’t be able to connect to the internet. It might take you awhile to realize that the reason nothing is working is because you don’t have a  connection, but it’s just one simple setting. One thing that allows you to access a limitless amount information and  connect with the world, all through a setting. In the same way, where you are set will determine where you will go. So if we truly start setting our mind on scripture, powerful things are in store. 

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:31b-32

The truth will set you free. The bible has all of the information we need to change. The bible provides us with an idea of where we are headed and what we should be changing too. Because if our lives are set in the scripture we will have a solid ground to work off of. Just as the mind must be sharp and aware of the word our hearts require the same treatment.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23

God says above all else(this means it’s really important). Before you do anything else guard you heart. Every thought we have, action we complete, it’s all flowing from what you have in your heart. We have to make sure we are careful and fortify our hearts because if we don’t anything could float in.

Where is your heart at?

Christianity is more about heart recreation than anything else. You have to let Jesus into your heart. Let him into your neighbourhood. Often times we like to go visit Jesus in his neighbourhood, where we can be composed and he doesn’t have to see everything we are struggling with. When we are really struggling we can let him into our hearts, but we treat him like a repairman. We want to stare over his shoulder as he fixes our lives, making sure he doesn’t touch anything we don’t want him to. We call out to him, I’m broken. Please come in. Fix me. When He has done some work or nothing happens that we wanted we quietly shuffle him out again. But God wants to live in your house. He wants to be there transforming your life. Actually changing you, keeping you accountable. We want to love God, we are desperate for His love but we feel like we still need to be in complete control. Our hearts yearn for it.

So where’s your heart at? Are you willing to let him settle into your heart? It’s pretty a scary thought, letting someone into your heart. Without Him we can (and do) contract heart problems, sometimes leading to spiritual heart attacks. We let our anger, our unwillingness to forgive, and our bitterness clog up our hearts. It devastates us. Prevents us from doing things; going places that we could have gone. This is why it’s imperative(very important; think about above all else) that we protect our hearts, and be careful to where we set our ways.

Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 
Proverbs 4:26

Back to Proverbs. We are to give careful thought to where we are going. Being careful to set our ways straight, and solidify them so the evil one can’t blind us from the truth. It’s very easy to get caught up in all the issues of the world. We can think about natural disasters, economic crisis, social decay, and the list goes on. We can’t get too wrapped up in these things because God is on control. He can and has turned the worst situations into things of beauty. Imagine if the whole world was falling and everywhere there was chaos and as Christians we remained calm. Imagine everyone looking at us and wondering why we aren’t like everyone else why we are calm. The word tells us why to be calm:

    Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done,

    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalms 46:6-10

Things will happen, the world may always seem like it’s in a place of distress but we are to be still, and know that God is on control. I want to be very clear I said be calm not do nothing. We are to be calm but we are to act.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
James 1:22-25

We are meant to take action and do it in a way that is set with what scripture says. This is powerful stuff because this means that we are to take action. Sometimes we don’t want to get out of our comfort zone and do something about the issues that surround us. This isn’t an issue of how spiritual we are this is a soul issue. The only way to fix that problem is to sink into the scripture and let Jesus into your life and let him stay. It’s certainly a hard thing to do and to let him steer you heart, and mind is difficult. The truth is when we invite him in we’re not suddenly going to become robots controlled by him. We’ll still have our thoughts, temptations, decisions. The trick is to make sure you wait for a good train of thought and try to avoid the bad trains. They will only lead you back to anger, and the same things that they always have.

If we keep on doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep on getting what we’e been getting. God is waiting, the choice is yours.

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