Archive | November, 2011

Where Is Your Heart?

5 Nov

Dear fellow believers in Christ,

Do you know how easy is it for me to do “good works” for the Lord, but really do it for selfish pride and glory? Do you know how easy is it to say I am a Christian and not tell others how they too can receive the unending love and peace that Christ has given me?
As long as there is people going to Hell, I should be fired up and willing to do something about it!
Think of the unsaved people in our lives. I so often just pray and ask God to open doors to minister to them, but then when I am given the open door, I do nothing about it!
The Lord says, that “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few”. He is sending us as lambs in the midst of wolves. Goodness, that doesn’t sound at all pleasing to the normal person. If I was a lamb, I would not want to be anywhere around a wolf. The wolf, would tear me to pieces in a heartbeat! But ” The LORD is my shepherd”. He is going to protect me. He is the reason I look as a lamb to those wolves, because if I wasn’t sent out by Him, I too would look like a wolf.

As I read the Bible, I continue to see repentance.  I am to daily repent. I am to daily surrender. I want the Lord Jesus Christ to change my heart, to transform me. What does that look like? My heart… I need to give my heart, my full heart, to God. He is the only one that can change me. I am a sinner and I need to be changed by Him.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”. God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin, so that I, Darla Maxine, can live, ETERNALLY, with Him, in heaven! How crazy is that?! He has given me that gift. What do I have to give to him? Nothing. I look at the poor woman in Mark 12, she came and gave her last few cents to the Lord, which others looked at as small and useless, but the Lord took it and knew that she was giving her all to Him. When I come to the Lord, I am poor. I have nothing to give, but myself, and that’s all I need. That’s all He wants. That is something that means than gold or silver. It’s my heart.
“She out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”. Look at the past tense… The word, HAD. What do I have that I should not? What do I HAVE, that I should make HAD?

Just tonight, I watched a documentary film on Keith Green. Ever heard of him? This guy not only has an awesome testimony in his love for God, but listening to his music is so encouraging! It’s a mixture of scripture, prayers, and Truth.
Wow… I’ve been listening to him for the past 40-60 minutes and I am just so overwhelmed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

He wrote this song called, Make my life a prayer to You. As I read these words, I have a hard time truly praying them. I want to do all of those things and I believe everything in this song, but it is so deep and true. I want to die to self, daily, and live for my Savior.
As you read these lyrics, please take them to heart. Apply them to your life. If we all join in as one body in Christ with the same heart to serve Him, what great fruit will bear!

Make my life a prayer to You
I wanna do what You want me to
No empty words and no white lies
No token prayers no compromise

I wanna shine the light You gave
Thru Your Son You sent to save us
From ourselves and our despair
It comforts me to know You’re really there

Well I wanna thank You now
For being patient with me
Oh it’s so hard to see
When my eyes are on me
I guess I’ll have to trust
And just believe what You say
Oh you’re coming again
Coming to take me away

I wanna die and let You give
Your life to me so I might live
And share the hope You gave me
The love that set me free

I wanna tell the world out there
You’re not some fable or fairy tale
That I’ve made up inside my head
You’re God the Son and You’ve risen from the dead

I wanna die and let You give
Your life to me so I might live
And share the hope You gave me
The love that set me free

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd9MaBu3gAg&feature=bf_next&list=AVGxdCwVVULXd1RUDA2Jn7kDMbnJ6ywscF&lf=list_related

(I don’t know who reads this and who doesn’t, but if you’re reading this today and you are saved, but aren’t living like you are, I encourage you to give your heart back to the Lord! And if you’re reading this today and you are totally lost and have never given your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who can save YOU from perishing for all eternity, then please either call me, text me, email me, Facebook message me, anything! Or get connected with your local church! Please, Please, Please!)

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