Openhearted living is what God wants for us. He wants us to be fully alive, living in grace and loving him and each other. The enemy wants exactly the opposite. He wants us to be separated from God and other people. He wants us to build walls around our hearts. He wants to kill an destroy all the goodness in our lives.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10,AMP)
There’s a battle going on in our lives. But because of Jesus we don’t need to live separated from God and other people. Because of Jesus we can freely approach God and ask for his grace for openhearted living. Because of Jesus we have been taught how to heal.
Mary DeMuth in her fabulous new book The Wall Around Your Heart writes “When we pray, “Rescue us from the evil one,” we put ourselves on the battlefront where we risk getting hurt again. We allow God access to the walls around our hearts, daring to declare, “Take down the bricks, whatever it takes.” We usher in a new life, an openhearted way of relating to people that expands the kingdom of God”.
Mary continues “I know you’re afraid. But you need not be. Jesus is bigger than any pain someone can inflict. But we live as if that’s not true. We live as if Jesus is smaller than the pain, which is why we no longer trust Him to protect our hearts.”
It’s time for us to put our beliefs in practice. It is time to be bold because Jesus is bigger than any pain we can ever experience. It’s time to be fully alive.
Thank you for being bigger than any pain I can ever experience.
Enable me to believe this with every fiber of my being
and then boldly put it in practice.
Make me fully alive in Christ,
tear down all my walls around my heart.
Empower me to love you above else
and everyone else like myself.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you have walls around your heart? Are you ready to take them down by God’s grace?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you boldly embrace openhearted living!
Photo courtesy of Mary DeMuth. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Hear it on Sunday, use it on Monday, Playdates with God, and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp: #1066 Jesus is bigger than any pain we can ever experience.
I am part of Mary DeMuth’s launch team for her new bookand I have to say that this book absolutely rocks. It’s not only well written but it is full of uplifting stories that just I can’t capture here on the blog. But make sure to visit the other blogs that are linked up here. They are also blogging through the book. Maybe together we can give a more vivid and accurate picture of the book. Also, make sure to visit this awesome blog where people share how this book has impacted them! You can buy your copy Here or at a bookstore near you. And note that this book will make a perfect gift too! BLESSINGS!