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I saw a great church sign the other day. It simply said, “You can’t walk with Jesus and hold hands with the devil.”

The Early Church experienced the same things. They wanted to follow Jesus and yet their old customs and habits kept them from full devotion to Him.  Why?  I think they just lacked understanding.

Similar to today, handswe seem to think we can say, “We believe in Jesus!” but our lives are replete with actions and attitudes that don’t match His teachings.

Jesus calls us to be in this world but not of it.  1 John 2: 15-17 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Love Heart, we are a called out people.  We are called out to be different from everybody else when wecalled out ones claim the name of Christ.   You’ll hear people say, “Yeah, well Jesus hung out with the sinners, didn’t he?”  The answer is absolutely yes, but I bet He didn’t act like them. And neither should we!

We are living in hard days when evil is abounding. We have a tendency to want to weigh in on various matters, and that’s OK – as long as you remember Who your Father is.  Don’t say or do things that would bring embarrassment to Him. Remember this:  You can’t walk with Jesus and hold hands with the devil. Gwen~

What Not to Wear!

July 21, 2015 — Leave a comment

“I read the other day if you dress lovely, you attract love and if you dress sexy you will attract sex,” Are you dressing attractively or to attract?  What message are you sending to others and to the young ladies around you that you influence?

My biggest hope and prayer is that I express to my grandgirls they don’t have to look like what the world believes to be beautiful.  The world looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.   

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”(Psalms 51:10, NIV)

Dressing modestly doesn’t mean frumpy.  WE are to be above reproach.

“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” (1 Corinthians 8:9, NIV)

“Do you no know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore, honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV)

We want to ask ourselves a few questions:

  • Is what’s on the outside really what’s on the inside?
  • Why is modesty important (realize the male perspective on flash or revealing clothing)?
  • As believers, where do we stand?

You may be wondering why I’m discuss “What Not to Wear”, when as Christian’s we face far more pressing issues.   Love Heart, this is meant to encourage you to examine this issue in the light of God’s word-prayerfully.  Put aside all bias and ask yourself…have I followed this world without any conviction?

Examining myself and believing that God would have me to be “set apart”!  ~Debra

 

Holy?

April 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

               Holy.  That’s a word for you.  It conjures up a wide variety of emotions, but what does it mean?  According to dictionary.com it means “specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority.”

OK.  You know the question is coming.  If you are a Christian, can folks recognize you as sacred?  Do you stand out as set apart for God?  Are your attitudes and actions such that people recognize Jesus when they see you?

One of the goals of Love Heart Ministries is to encourage us all to live above the grind –   to be extraordinary in an ordinary world.  To shine, even if you’re the only one with a light!

Well, that all sound good and well, but how do you manage to do that day after day?  There is only one way and it sounds like and old adage, but the answer is to “keep your chin up.”  Huh?

Remember that little verse in Hebrews 12:2?  The first part of it says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”  Notice it says fix…not glance.  If others know to watch their language and behavior around you, odds are pretty good that you are “specially recognized.”

Have you noticed that Jesus seems to be the answer for everything?  Keep your eyes fixed on Him. And be noticeably Holy! Gwen~