Expressions of the Heart
Christ’s Chapel Weekly Greetings 5/03/20
by Pastor Simeon
I come to you today in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This past week has been another week in which your brothers and sisters in the Lord have been encouraged by knowing that you are standing with them in prayer. Throughout the Christ’s Chapel body of Christ, there have been experiences of sickness, bereavement, moments of need, desperation and challenge. These experiences have been mixed with times of happiness, the soft smiles of the young child, or the joy received upon hearing the expressions of I love you and you are appreciated. I believe that as we look back over this past week, you will be able to join in with me in saying, ‘yes Pastor, I recall such experiences’. As we experience the varied trials and joys of life, most often, a variety of expressions of the heart will be brought forward. How will our heart respond is the question.
The Word of the Lord teaches us that with each passing day, we are to be reminded to guard our heart. Proverbs 4:23 (ESV) states ‘Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Here we are given the understanding that the ethical and moral conduct of life, its actions, thoughts, words and deeds, are determined by the condition of the heart. If the heart is pure, the life will be pure; if the heart is corrupt, the life will be likewise. The heart is compared to the fountain, from which flows the springs of life. Knowing that in this journey, all of God’s creation will experience the constant ebb and flow of life, our heart is to be guarded or kept with the sense of urgency. Guarded by the Word of God, in order that our heart will bring forth life, pleasing unto the Lord. Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV) brings to you the words of Apostle Paul:
“brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Throughout the woven blend of life, as you practice the guarding of the heart, your expressions, both in word and deed, will afford to you the divine peace of God. “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
May you be blessed today by the audio sermon ‘‘Jesus Prays – That The Holy Spirit Would Dwell Within You’.
May you be touched by the Holy Spirit,
Pastor Simeon Strauser