By Pastor Veronica Ortiz
I want to talk to you about how we receive Gods Word. So many times, we say we want to see God and receive the best He has for us; however we cannot receive His best when we have polluted our hearts with fits of anger, hurt, betrayal, confusion, hate, failure, and rage.
I want you to understand this; every time that you feel like doing the wrong thing and giving in to fits of emotion but choose instead to do the right thing this means you are growing in God. ~PV
In order to receive Gods word the dirty windshield, dirty glasses, dirty window to our hearts must be cleansed.
Gods Incorruptible Seed
It is important to understand that Gods Word is not the problem. Gods Word is an incorruptible seed. I Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
The Word of God is never the problem but the condition of the heart that receives it is. Jesus is the seed that will constantly produce in your life if you let Him. The Word is the seed that was sown and by it you were born again. The seed is perfect however the condition of your heart determines prospective and prospective determines how you receive. Everything is filtered through the condition of the heart. You can keep the window of your heart clean or you can pollute it.
If you have decided to shut yourself off and keep a hard heart then thats where the seed of the Word cannot penetrate. ~ PV
Guarding Your Heart
In Proverbs 4:23 the NLT we read “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Notice Gods Word here does not say that God will guard your heart, it does not say your neighbor will guard your heart, or that your pastor will guard your heart for you. No, this is something that you will have to do. However the question arises. How? How do we do this?
I am not asking you to ignore your feelings. What I am asking you to do is to tell God about them release them to Him. Then you tell Him how you will react according to His Word. In order to be a victorious Christian you will release your stresses and walk out His Word. God needs to be the one which you cast your cares upon because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) After this has been done you must replace the care with Gods Word.
Casting Your Emotions
In order to learn to guard your heart one must learn a very important step to overcoming the hurts that come our way. As we said we must cast our cares and really at the end of the day bad emotions are just cares that will dirty our windows. It becomes so dirty that we won’t see and receive Gods Word as we ought. So in this first part of this two part series on receiving Gods Word. We will stop here to clean the windows of our heart.
Cares can be people, cares can be circumstances, these things bring us to anger or sadness. Whatever it does we cannot see with dirty windows. I Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Isn’t it good to know that God cares for us so much that He takes from us what we need to cast on Him in order to see Him.
Please pray the following:
Father I have many cares, cares that have led me to act in ways that have dirtied and polluted my heart. I want to cast those on you now. I give all the hurts, people, and situations that have cost me time that I can be spending in victory. I ask you to forgive me for trying to carry and solve all these cares. I cast them on you now because you care for me. Amen.