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Starting With the Heart

In 1972, on Father’s Day, I was Born Again. I had attended the little Church the previous Sunday. My wife got excited that first Sunday and was overjoyed on the way home. Her heart had been touched even though she was still not Born Again. I responded, “Hold on, you can take a good thing too far.” The fact was, we were involved in life heavily, going to Lake Lanier on the weekends, living full lives, staying busy doing what we wanted. Now that was all threatened by this new thing called “Church.” I was resisting the possibility that we would not be going to Lake Lanier or any other place of pleasure on Sundays. It was the next Sunday and we were at Church again. This time though, it was different. I did not plan to go to the Church to be Born Again. I had no idea that this would be the day my whole life would change. The little Church was having Revival. While I was seated in that small building and listening to the Preacher, something happened to me. The best way to explain it is by showing a Bible truth seen in 2 Cor. 4:3-6 which states in part, “But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ who is the image of God, should shine unto them…For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” In Acts 2 Peter preaches a message about Jesus that brings the people under “conviction” and v37 shows it reached the heart: “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then in Acts 7 Stephen preaches a great convicting message and we see in v54, “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart,” and v57 they “stopped their ears.” In Acts 25:25 the apostle Paul “reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” His convenient season never came! Chapter 26 tells of Paul before King Agrippa and Agrippa’s heart is touched. V28 states, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” Almost is not good enough to make anyone a Christian. Now look at Rom. 10:9-13 noticing v9 “and shalt believe in thine heart…” v10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness…” We understand with our head, and we believe with our heart. Maybe you have understood with you head, but have you believed with your heart?
All the examples I gave understood with their head…they just did not believe with their heart! It is not enough to be “Pricked”, “cut”, “tremble.” You must be born again from the Heart! Rom. 6:17 “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”

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