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Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2010

1/25/2010

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A Heart Like Jesus

Ken Nix

Monday, 1/25/2010

By Wayne Alexander

Genesis 8:21, “And the Lord smelled a sweet savour: and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite anymore every living thing, as I have done.” God had destroyed all living things except for the animals and for Noah and his family. Noah was the only righteous man alive at this time. Noah's heart was rooted in goodness and love. As time passed it wasn't long before man's heart caused man to once again seek evil, proving God right that man's heart was evil from his youth. We have been shown that we aren't born with evil. As babies we are pure light, unfortunately parents fail miserably in protecting that precious light by exposing their children to the darkness. This comes from the darkness they have allowed in their lives. It comes from television, movies, toys, and books, to list a few of the major items. We hear of children walking into schools and murdering their own classmates. Children are having their hearts hardened and turned to evil at an early age. With abortion acceptable by many, with murders depicted on television and movies, life appears to be cheap, so children lose respect for the lives of others. We as parents have allowed this darkness into our homes; and Satan loves it! He hates mankind with a passion. He hates Jesus also, and tried to destroy him, but his efforts failed at the cross. Satan's heart is completely evil, and that is the kind of heart he wants us to have. Darkness blinds and will blind us if we don't remove it from our lives. I personally have made a commitment to remove all items of darkness from my home and life. I pray you have too, for any darkness is dangerous for us to have. We have been told that darkness feeds the darkness. Even a little darkness will spread and consume. It is like leaven, when put into dough it affects the whole lump and will spread through it like a wildfire. The first thing that darkness is going to attack is your heart, for Satan knows the most important part of our body that Jesus created perfect in the beginning is your heart.

Have you searched your home for things of darkness? Have you searched your movies? Do any contain profanity? Do any contain sex and violence? What about your articles of clothing? What things are written upon them? Satan is subtle and will use any trickery he has to attack your weaknesses. He has had a lot of time to hone his craft and he is sharp. We must seek, with all diligence, to have a heart like Jesus. In Matthew 5:8, we are told, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Jesus is saying that if we have a heart like his, we shall see our heavenly Father. That is a promise, that is eternal.

What kind of heart does Jesus have? His heart is full of praise for his Father, and he worshipped his Father always, and his heart is full of power because his heart is full of love. Mercy always filled his heart, for he was merciful to all. Love radiates from his heart. Goodness also filled the heart of Jesus, for he is the Good Shepherd. His heart is always at peace within him, and he imparted peace to his disciples and imparts peace to us! The tenderness that is in his heart was quickly revealed when he was around little children or those weak and elderly. Jesus loves all and has a special love for the little children. He tells us that we won't inherit the Kingdom of God if we don't become as little children. What does that tell us about our hearts? Jesus has a heart of gentleness, full of compassion. The woman caught in adultery saw the gentleness of his heart. Jesus has a heart of kindness, for he is kind unto all. Jesus is our living Savior and showed all the attributes of the fruits of life while he walked this earth and still shows them today. Jesus is not a respecter of persons and shows kindness to all. He has a heart of joy and a heart of gladness. He has a heart of joy in sunshine or in sorrow, and that is what he wants to see in our hearts. He has a heart of gratefulness. He also has a heart of meekness. Remember when he spoke the words, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and I will give you rest.”

Many view the characteristics of Jesus as being weak in today's world. But it is great power. Jesus, when he walked this earth, was a man's man.

Our world today is worse than the time of the flood. Our world today is worst than Sodom and Gomorrah. If we only had the heart of Jesus, our world would be a utopia. We wouldn't have to wait upon his second coming to have joy and peace in our lives. Those who follow Jesus completely know this peace and joy now, but most of the world still fails to have hearts that seek our Lord and Savior. In Proverbs 15:28, it states, “The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” What God saw before the flood exists today in man. We must repent, change, and seek to have a heart like Jesus. We need to walk as he did upon this earth. Our lives are our wilderness testing and we need to “redeem the time” as Paul tells us in his writings. Jesus has a heart that is righteous and he walked in righteousness upon this earth in every aspect of his life. He never allowed evil to come into his life and into his heart. We need to do as he did. We need to do as Job did. Job made a covenant with his eyes not to look to where he shouldn't. Make a covenant with your eyes, your mouth, your ears and with your heart!

When Satan attempted to cause Jesus to sin he always failed. We have the wilderness testing mentioned in scripture. Satan failed miserably. He needs to fail against us as well. Jesus was tempted his entire life as he walked this earth as a man. He never succumbed, he never failed. He walked in complete surrender and obedience to his heavenly Father. The obedience of love and the love of obedience is needed every day in our lives. We need the forehead of flint. We have the perfect example of Jesus, so let’s seek to have a heart like him. Seek to walk always in the light of heaven and keep your eye on the prize. Say this prayer daily, “Lord Jesus, if I could have one wish, if one plea could be granted. If I have found favor in your eyes, oh Lord, if my hope could truly be. My hope and greatest desire of you, most tender and kind King, would be to be given thy favor and to walk this life with a heart like yours.”

 

 

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