MZC Service Times
Family Service Sunday 10:45 - 12:00
Its all about the heart...
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
2nd February 2019
The heart is such a lovely thing, it can store up such beauty and can have such an amazing and warm effect on our lives and those around us. The heart can also be deceptive and get us into trouble because we do things with the 'wrong heart', meaning the wrong reason or cause.
As parents we know, that if our children are trying and doing things from the right heart, in other words they are genuinely trying, then we as parents are usually happy, regardless of the outcome, though obviously we want the best outcome for our children.
If as poor parents ( because we are broken humans ) we see our children this way, how much more does our Heavenly Father see our heart and our motivations, regardless of the outcome. We know that our Heavenly Father knows our heart far better than we do, for even the bible says in Romans 8:27(NLT), “And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will. “
So when we deliberately do things with the wrong heart, we only fool our selves, because our Father who see everything, already knows our heart and what is behind it, even if we don't.
I would encourage everyone, ( me included ) to think about what we do, and why. What drives us to do particular things. Funnily enough, your heart also knows for itself when we have done something with the wrong heart, we feel it as an un-easy feeling, sometime we feel it as guilt.
Lets stop for a minute now, and ask the holy spirit to reveal to you, the things that make you feel un-easy, and the things on the Holy Spirit's heart for you to think about. Bring them to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, and let them go to Him. Ask for healing in situations where people might have been upset or hurt, but then let it go.
This is the crux of what is on my mind for this prayer day. Not collecting and holding onto hurts and upsets in our hearts. When we hold on to hurts, they weigh us down hugely. The longer we hold on to them, the more they effect us as well. It is almost like carrying around potatoes in our pockets. The more we collect, the heavier we become. The longer they are there, the more they smell to us.
Peace comes by addressing these “potatoes”, doing what we can do, then letting them go. This is not easy, and I am not saying for a second it is. This will require the Lords help through prayer and quiet time with Him, and maybe even sharing
with either close friends or professionals who know how to deal with these pesky potatoes!
Lets just spend some quiet time now, sharing openly with our Father the things on our heart, that have either been done to us, or we have done to others.
How people treat us can have a life changing impact, and weigh us down, so we cant be the people our Father in Heaven made us to be. People might not even know or realise that we are hurting because of what they have said to us or done. Usually this comes about as miss-understandings, nothing more, and if we can discuss it and listen to one another, trying to see the others 'heart', trying to put our selves in the others 'shoes', this can often clear things up, and help us to support one another. I think miss-understanding is one of satans top 5 tools of destruction.
The phrase sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never harm is soooo far from the truth. The words we say to each other will either build us up and make our day, or bring us down and weigh heavily on our mind.
I remember Wendy Alec's vision, where she describes being stood with Jesus, looking into a prisoner of war camp, watching an old man, with a bug hunch back, walking around a yard, sad, full of despair, walking around and around as a captive. Wendy asked who he was and why he was captive in this fenced yard. Jesus explained with tears in His eyes that this once was one of His people. This man used to be on fire for Jesus, devoting his life to the work of Jesus, It cost him and his family everything. After many years of faithful sacrifice, many new and younger missionaries came into his area and reaped greatly from the multitude of seeds the old man had sown. The area became such a harvest for souls that soon there were great accolades from all over the world for these new missionaries, but this old man was overlooked. No one gave him any honour for the faithful tilling of the soil for years. After all the hardship he had endured, it was too much for him to bear. He was taken by the enemy, and became a prisoner of war. In his agony of soul of being overlooked and in his isolation he fell into a deep deep depression.
Jesus explained that the prayers of Jesus' people for this man, meant He could come and free this man from being a prisoner of war, and release him from this detention centre. When Jesus released him, he was so relieved, restored back to full health physically and spiritually. His great hump was gone, and the man was free again. Forgiveness had freed him from being a prisoner of war.
We need to keep an eye out for others who are carrying heavy burdens of
forgiveness and hurts. When Jesus tells us to forgive our trespassers, it is for our own good. So we can have peace and a light heart. So we can enjoy the day our Father has given us. It is so we don't get weighed down and become a prisoner of war, rather a free child in our Fathers Kingdom, even here on earth!
In Forgiving someone, we need to give them to our Lord Jesus, and the best thing we can do to dis-arm the hurt we might be carrying around is to pray for the person who has hurt us. Praying for them is hard, but it does dis-arm the sting of the hurt, and allow the healing process to start.
We also need to remember we don't know the journey that person who has hurt us has had. We don't know what has brought them to where they are now. We don't know the stress they may be under. For example if a car races past you and cuts in in front of you, you don't know whether that person is ignorant and selfish, or whether they are racing to see someone in hospital in their last minutes. It might be they were being ignorant in our culture, but they are from a different culture where these things are a matter of survival. Even if they are being ignorant and selfish, then all the more the best thing we can do for them is pray for their safety and that of those around them, and also for understanding, for care, and for grace for them. We don't know what is in their heart at that time, what hurts they are carrying, what the reason is for what they just did, which is why we cant judge them. The best thing we can do for them AND for us is to pray for them and forgive them. Hold on to our Lord Jesus' hand like children, and enjoy the day that the Lord has made.
Lets spend some time thinking about these things, and praying for our Lords guidance. Lets think of those hurts that we are carrying, and forgive the person behind them. They are also God's creation, and if they have chosen the wrong path in life, then they need our prayers desperately. Forgive them and pray for them.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of forgiveness. Help us to be wise in its use. Help us to see people who have hurt us as you do, with such love and grace and peace. Please fill us with that same grace. Please fill us with the prayer for the healing of those who have hurt us in the past, and please release us from being prisoner to hurts that we are carrying. Please free us from being the prisoner of war satan wants us to be. Whether it is a hurt, or something we have done or not done, please release us from the things that weigh us down and cost us our precious life that you died so that we can have. In doing this, help us to become the new people you want us to be, and more than anything, help us to know you and see you more clearly Lord Jesus. Thank you for all you do for us. Please heal us and bless us we pray in your precious name, Lord Jesus, Amen.