DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2022-03-16
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Acts 28:25-27
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)
BIBLE TEXT: 25 …. “The Holy Spirit stated it well when he spoke to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah:,
26 ‘I send you to this people to say to them, “You will keep learning, but not understanding. You will keep staring at truth but not perceiving it. 27 For your hearts are hard and insensitive to me—you must be hard of hearing! For you’ve closed your eyes so that you won’t be troubled by the truth, and you’ve covered your ears so that you won’t have to listen and be pierced by what I say. For then you would have to respond and repent, so that I could heal your hearts.”’
APPLICATION: Isaiah was a prophet sent and directed by God. When he prophesied under the inspiration of God, the people listened. However there came a time when God recognized that some of the folk were just not listening. Paul came across this same phenomenon in his days of ministry, so he shared this with his Jewish listeners who were challenged to believe the Word of God. I found this extremely revealing, because still today our pastors can preach the same sermon in our churches, as it is quite apparent that we’re present in the service, but from the blank stares and lack of participation, it is obvious that we are miles away. Think about it: we have folk that attend church who hear the Word of God, but they are convinced that it is for the person behind them. Their ears are shut to the application of the Word to their personal lives. However the most hurtful thing to me, are the ones that just refuse to listen and believe. It saddens me deeply how God has to send a disaster to awaken the hardened hearts of His people. Our churches were filled for a few Sunday’s after 9-11 and after our major hurricanes in Florida, as folk found the need for God to protect them and help them through that time of disaster. Then, as soon as they felt they had regained control, life went back to ‘normal’ for them. God is not trying to impose Himself on anyone, He just wants to heal us and give us the very best He has in store for us. Isn’t that a good thing that we should always desire? Friends, God has blessed us with so much, yet we use these gifts to oppose the very One who has blessed us. We have great knowledge, yet we reason away on why we are blessed, or not blessed, instead of giving all praise to God. We have great eyesight, yet like the prophet Isaiah said, we screw our eyes shut to the things of God and therefore preclude His healing and amazing blessings on us. Our hearing is perfect, yet we allow Satan to interfere and tell us that the Word of God is intended for that neighbor of ours who is much worse than us. The very last phrase of the quote from Isaiah really touched me: we have shut out everything about God because we don’t want to deal with our Maker, yet if only we would change this, He would heal our hearts! I believe this healing is one of not just our physical sickness, but also our disappointments, our brokenness, our loneliness, our defeats and ultimately, our sin. Friends, I serve a God just as I have described, and I would love to introduce you to Him. He will make your day brighter and so much more meaningful and purposeful. Please contact me if I can pray with you or help you in any way with this important decision. This could be the first of many days of joy in the security of my Lord! For those of you that know Him, please act like you do. Sing that song ‘Just a closer walk with thee’, then open the precious Word of God that He left just for us, and see what it is that He is ordering you to change or correct in your walk with Him. Open your eyes to the hurts and needs of those around you, and pray, pray, pray that God will intervene and heal His people today. They have tried the world and all it has to offer, but they are still lacking in so many ways. They need Jesus, my friend. I believe that one of His servants can help them redirect their lives today. Let it be you, dear follower of Christ!
PRAYER: Dear Lord, in spite of Your gracious hand upon Your people, and Your outstanding blessings poured out on us, yet You must be saddened by seeing us exclude You from our decision making, exclude Your active role in our lives when praise is directed towards us, and especially ignore You when You speak to us about the lost condition of our lives. I clearly got the picture in this scripture today, You want to heal our heart, yet we say ‘No thank You’. Father I thank You for softening my heart and giving me the boldness to accept You as my Lord and Savior back in 1976. I have many family and friends who are still hardened and refuse to make the necessary commitment to accept You as their Lord. Please humble them and soften their hardened hearts again today so that they may commit the rest of their lives to You and allow You full control, and ultimate healing of their sin problem. Dear God, there are important decisions we make every day, but none as important as the one that decides our eternal fate. My sincere prayer is that this will become very evident to my lost relatives today, AMEN!
FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog at https://NuggetsFromGodsWord.org that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading or listening to this devotional, please go to the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and see all of my posts, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!
2 thoughts on “What Will It Take For God To Heal Our Hearts?”
I find it disheartening that many people watch the spiritual walk of others and without really knowing them, or having walked in their shoes, or even sat down and had an honest heartfelt conversation with them form an opinion of their character and where they are in their walk in faith.
Four years ago I was handed a gift. The opportunity to become part of a family, something I never was secure in growing up. They took me in, cared for me, included me, taught me what right looked like and encouraged me and I “Thrived” because of that love and care that was poured into me.
Although faith was never really a topic of conversation within this family unit, I could tell by the way they carried themselves and by their character that it was an important part of who they were, and I watched and learned. Two years into that relationship I walked back into a church and a year after that was saved and baptized.
Then COVID hit…as everything around us began to change people were scrambling to adapt but in order to adapt you first need to understand what it is your adapting to. Some people seemed to have an inside track while others are left to sink or swim and it makes me wonder…why is that? Is that in line with Gods word? Didn’t Jesus come into this world to save “all” if they believed in Him? He wore no mask, or hid inside his home but walked touching all, (even the leper’s), greeting all, shaking hands with all, healing all and ministering to all even the greatest of sinners. Did this make him popular. No, just the opposite.
The Bible tells us when one is unsure as to wether or not something is in line with His word to just “be still” and wait for God to lead, to give us Wisdom. I think you also spoke to that recently. No one has the right to judge the walk of others or determine when they feel Gods timing is right for that person. That is personal between them and God.
I also loved your message you shared recently about mature Christians understanding or remembering what it was like as a new found Christian. In Thessalonians Paul encourages the church to lovingly walk alongside new Christians. That is what we desperately need. We want to learn, grow and one day serve others in a way that is pleasing to Him. So teach us “ lovingly”. We don’t know, what we don’t know.
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Thank you for sharing your heart Tammy! It blesses my heart to hear the difference God is making in your life each and every day. As we lean on, and depend on, our awesome God each day, I pray that He will love us even more; teach us His truths through every encounter with Him; and continue to allow us to represent Him well while here on earth. It is unfortunate that the world tends to judge – especially Christians, may they always see the love and wisdom of Jesus in us, so they may be convinced that He’s alive, because they see evidence in us. As they recognize Him, may they develop a growing desire to know Him personally. In doing so, I feel like our time on earth might become even more fruitful for our Master! PS – You write so well that I feel I’m reading a story! Keep sharing your faith Tammy, and may the love of Jesus shine through every word or action that you share!