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06/20/2008

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Heart vs Head


"The king shall joy in your strength, O LORD; and in your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice'" (Ps.21:1)

Most of the time when there is a contest between "heart" and "head," the heart wins. Since this seems to be a truth, it is important that we give our hearts to God. Within our minds, God gave us three parts...our intellect, our emotions, and our wills. If we do not bring the positive power of our emotions to bear upon our spiritual lives, we will find it difficult to serve God faithfully and consistently. If our "feelings" get out of hand, they can become our enemies and pull us away from God. There is not any reason that our emotions cannot be our allies. Working with the intellect and will, the heart can help us.

In today's scripture, David's prayer is that "the king shall have joy in Your strength,O LORD; and in your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice." It is a wonderful thing to contemplate the strength of our God. There is something else however. The very joy we are able to have in God's strength is also the well spring our our strength. Nehemiah put it this way in Neh. 8:10. "Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." Strength of character is more than just raw intellect and will power. Our affections must also be involved. If we are to be spiritually strong, then the feeling of joy is especially important. The strongest people are those who fully feel the joy that can be found only in the Lord.

There will always be times in our lives when our commitment to God will require us to say no to unworthy things. The key to this is not simply a stronger will. Why? Because it will get harder and harder to say no if our "heart" is not in it. We must have a bigger "yes" burning within us. It is important for us to WANT to do good with all our hearts. In Hebrews 12:2, it says about Jesus, "who for the joy set before Him endured the cross." We too, must be moved primarily by hope and joy. The prospect of one day being with our Lord, must be the main part of our strength.

Have a great day,,,Let you light shine for Him Love mark Phil. 4:11

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