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Matters of the Heart

”…They did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.” Luke 24:11


The report the women gave seemed like nonsense (too incredible, hysteria) to the disciples. As a result, they could not believe. If we prefer our logic over truth, we will struggle to believe that Jesus rose from the dead.


Why is it easy for us to accept some things, yet struggle to believe other things? It’s like most people say, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’. But by taking this stand we negate God and the possibility for the miraculous. faith is the complete opposite - it factors in the power of God - ‘I’ll see it IF I believe it’. Hebrews 11:1 says, ‘Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. If we want to know God, faith is the key, and it all starts in our heart.


“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23


Physically, the heart is the source of life. When it stops, it’s over. The same is true spiritually. The heart symbolizes the nucleus of our belief system. This is why we guard our heart, because if we do we will have a heart that is…


AT REST…


“He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” Luke 24:25


Medically speaking, a slow heart (Bradycardia) is dangerous, because it deprives the body of the blood flow it needs for strength, and the brain, the oxygen it needs to think. Jesus reprimanded the two for being foolish (carnal or earthly) and for being slow of heart (dull or confused). Both conditions result from the failure to believe God’s word. Belief is not a feeling or an opinion and faith is not blind. We believe in and have faith in what we know. How do our hearts come to rest? We learn from and then lean on God.


…AND REKINDLED.


”…Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures..? Luke 24:32


One thing is clear, the presence of Jesus and the power of His word reignited their hearts. They were no longer carnal or confused, but alive and fully engaged. The word burning means to kindle or bring to light, which is just what Jesus did for them and what His Word will do for us. And this is exactly what people need now - a heart at rest in the promise of Jesus, and rekindled with a new purpose for life.

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