Ralph is currently in Ukraine – ministering prophetically and laying apostolic foundations. This daily blog was written by him before he left and is being posted by his personal assistant. As computer hook-ups allow he will add in “Ukraine Blogs” telling us what the Lord is doing during his mission trip. Also, as time and computer hook-ups allow, he will be personally reponding to any entries you make as he always does when in his study and not travelling trans-locally. He returns on he 22nd of November, 2008.
The word used in the New Testament for HEART is most often kardiva, a Greek word that literally means ‘the real you’. Scripture uses the word HEART to mean your internal motivation, your love, and your passions.
That adds immediate insight to such verses as “Love the Lord your God with all your HEART…” (Matthew 22:37). You are to love Him with the real you. Well, first we will need to discover the real you, won’t we. Someone once said that the real you is who you are when no one is looking -like when you are staying by yourself in a hotel room is another city.
The real you takes time to discover. More than time – it takes courage to dig deep and discover what makes you tick. We can glibly rhyme of what our interests are (hobbies, books we like to read, things we like to do) but these things are not always who we are – they tend to be literally just the things we do. If they are an expression of the real you – great. But often they are simply activities. At their worst they are a way to keep ourselves occupied so that we don’t have the silence and the space needed to dig deep and introduce ourselves to the real person deep inside.
We need to know our internal motivations (why we do what we do and why we are involved in what we are active in). We need to take an honest look at the reasons why we do what we do. Selfish, self-serving or other-centered? Done out of spite or out of concern? Simply serving or hoping others will think well of you? Involved because it is a loving thing to do or because you are co-dependant and need to be needed?
We need to know what our passions are – what it is you love! Well, look at your calendar and your check book. Usually you spend or invest your time and money on the things you love. Hobbies, travel, lattes at Starbucks, tithing to the work of the Lord, mission work, family, entertainment, pornography, piercings and tattoos, whatever. Your time and money always gravitate towards what you are passionate about.
So, do you love the Lord your God with all your HEART?
Jeremiah states that when we seek God with all our HEART we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Have you found Him recently?
The problem is not at God’s end. He came to seek and save the lost. He gave His Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. He is faithful even when we are not. He promised never to leave us or forsake us. Should I go on or are 4 verses I just quoted enough for you to recognize the issue is at your end and it is a HEART issue!
So be brave. Be bold! Find a place of silence and solitude. In this place – with an adequate block of time – ask the Spirit of God to help you and seek to understand your HEART. Only God knows the HEART of man and He is more than willing to reveal the issues in your heart that need to be dealt with. He will do it gently and over time.
So, you will need a good length of time when you begin to have a close look at what makes you tick. It takes time to see things, be honest with yourself and listen to God regarding what you must do about it. You will need weekly times like this for the first few months until you deal with everything you have been running from for years. Then, once a month is usually frequently enough to keep in touch with the inner you and deal with any new passions and loves that may arise which are taking a place of prominence in your life and removing God from being enthroned at the center of your HEART.
This will allow God to be first in your life – the place He must always occupy… and is worthy to occupy. Then, you will find things in your life turning around because you will now be obeying the scripture that states “love the Lord your God with all your HEART…”