Friday, July 24, 2009

It Hurts!

My teaching is as precious as your eyesight--guard it! Write it out on the back of your hand, etch it on the chambers of your heart. Proverbs 7:2-3

We can have hidden wounds, we can have secret guilt's, resentments, or bitterness, maybe even pride that we have buried deep someplace where no one else knows of, someplace where we don't even remember. Some of these things can be to painful to deal with, to hurtful, so we have hidden them into a place that can hold them and we don't have to deal with them. Many times we cannot control what comes into our being. Circumstances around us affect our soul. What we grow up with and are exposed to determines what is put into our heart.

These hurts have come from different circumstances in our lives. Many times it is words alone that have cut the heart.
The words of a whisperer (are) like burns and they enter into the chambers of the heart. Proverbs 26:22

In Hebrew, a chamber is a room, an apartment, more specifically, to enclose.

Our Heavenly Father knows we have been hurt and He knows how we were hurt. The Almighty even knows where we have enclosed this pain at.God wants our will and understanding of Him to be whole, not separated by hidden chambers full of hurts and pain or guilt. Our Father wants all of us, totally committed to Him, nothing in the way, nothing stuffed in the corners, nothing hidden in the background. God wants us wholly devoted to him.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37

Our self, our own thoughts and wants, even our hurts and woes must die daily, must be denied, crucified, given up. Our desires need to turn completely to our Lord. We have to decide to give these to the God.
When we accept Jesus into our lives, are hearts are made new, made whole. God has a big eraser. He wipes our slate clean.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Unfortunately, we are still human. We still tend to want to do things ourselves and our own way, the way we know. We have a tendency of holding on to familiar things as a sense of security. After all, God did give us a memory.

St. Augustine of Hippo states, “what seems to be forgotten remains in the memory.” The memory is like a picture album. Some pictures are good, some are not, some are even faded.

The mind and the heart are similar and closely connected. The mind has the memory, and the heart knows and feels these memories.

After we ask Jesus into our heart, we can begin to grow in the Lord. We have to start cleaning out the closet that has all that junk stuffed into it so Jesus can take over all of us. He wants to fill every nook and cranny of our being. The only way to have this done is to ask God to help us.
Please read the other studies with the series A New Heart, Keep it Clean, Secret Chambers, and It Hurts! Click on the labels below.