The desires of the heart are the best proofs of salvation; and if a man wishes to know whether he is really saved or not, he can very soon find out by putting his finger upon the pulse of his desires, for those are things that never can be counterfeit.
You may counterfeit words;
you may counterfeit actions;
but you cannot counterfeit desires.
Archibald Brown, “The Heart’s Cry after God” 1879
I really enjoyed this piece and wanted to share it.
Keep it Real
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8 KJV)
“I remember years ago the popular song “Come Just as You Are” was played during altar calls every Sunday at my church. Every time I heard that song, a sense of relief would wash over me. I always wished this song was performed early in the service. For years I felt as though I had to “dress up” for church. I don’t simply mean my clothing, (the minimum requirement for my church was a three-piece suit-and when you’re fourteen years old that’s kind of tough!) but also my spiritual life. I had made mistakes throughout the week. I couldn’t let God see that, especially not in His house. So I would sit there, squirming uncomfortably, trying to put on a pure and holy face so I could look super spiritual for all the good Christians in their long dresses and suits and ties. Thinking back, I realize there were so many times during worship that I missed God-not because He wasn’t there, but because I wasn’t being real. I struggled for the longest time with the idea that Christ would want me. I didn’t understand the full measure of the sacrifice He made for me at the Cross. I thought that if I was honest with Him about my shortcomings, He would be disappointed or upset with me. The sad thing is that all He really wanted was my confession and repentance-not my pleated pants or my smug holy face. This week, don’t play church. Don’t hide, and don’t fake it. Be honest and confess your sins to Him. The Bible says that while we were still sinners, Christ loved us and died for us. When confronted with that reality, no matter where we find ourselves, we cannot help but worship!
-Andrew Strickland Worship Leader, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale”
Hebrews 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
I happened across this little story this evening and thought I’d share it with you:
“When I first enrolled in seminary, I found an apartment room next to a railroad crossing. I wondered why the apartment rent was so cheap-and found out the first night. A train came through in the middle of the night, blasting its horn. It didn’t?’t just wake me up, but also nearly gave me a heart attack! Every night when the train came through, it blew the horn. At first I thought about changing apartments, but then I started getting used to the nightly awakenings. I would wake up for a few seconds, then go right back to sleep. Eventually I got where the train horn didn’t even wake me up. I hardened my heart to the train and couldn’t hear it any more. The same hardening process occurs when God speaks to our hearts and we don’t respond. Eventually, we stop hearing His voice because our hearts have become hard. “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”.”
What a terrible thought it is to harden your heart against the Lord. But, just like in the story with the sound of the trains whistle, that is exactly what folks do when they hear and know the Gospel yet continually ignore God’s call. As has been well said, that is a dangerous game to play with eternal consequence.
Do you know someone like this? Make a special effort to spend extra time in prayer for them, the the Lord may soften the hard hearts before it’s everlasting too late.