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Facebook asks: what’s on your mind?
Answer: Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, the Salvation of the World.

God gave us Jesus so we could live with Him and He live with us, right where we are.
Jesus said we, those who have received the price of the Cross and now live in Christ, will be known for our love (agape love, loving without expectation of return, loving someone else just because they are) for one another; NOT for our ability to cower in expectation of martyrdom.

Love your neighbor. Turn the other cheek at their offense to you. Occupy until Jesus returns. In the same manner he left, he will return. Occupy, hold the faith, hold the ground, caretake what has been placed in your hands, live your life as one who must give an account.

The kingdom of God suffers violence. Resist it. Dominate it. Have rule over it.

Yes. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. They are mighty, to the pulling down of strongholds, to casting down vain thoughts and imaginations, and binding evil spirits … yep, he did just say that, too.

The Bible and Jesus did not tell you to love your brother so much you let him punch you in the face and take your stuff. No, the Bible and Jesus said to take up your weapons, because the kingdom of God suffers violence and violent men take it by force. How do you stop violent force against you? Meet force with force plus the God of Creation and overcome your enemies.

Save as many as you can, share the good news of Jesus Christ, but that does not mean you stop engaging in life and allow evil men and spirits to take your stuff. Occupy, caretake, tend what God has placed in your hand, pray for peace – God’s peace, and as much as it depends on you, live in peace with all mankind… however, don’t forget your weapons. Read your Bible.

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It is the most important condition upon which we should focus. One, it is the pump that sends life blood to all parts of the body to keep it alive in nutrients and oxygen. Two, and most importantly, it is the center of your being, who you are, your core self. How is that?

I cannot say how you should feel in your “heart of hearts”, as they say. I can talk about mine.

The noted evangelist, Billy Graham, once taught that in everyone there is a God shaped hole in them. And, only the God of the Bible can fill it. It is my experience that is true.

My heart condition is this: I look to my Creator and question “how is my heart toward Him?”

My experience may be different than yours. I know the God of the Bible is real. He is who He says He is. I have lots of life experiences, moments of a heavy dose of reality, that have confirmed He is who He says He is. Some others have not. Others with whom I have talked and shared have looked at me as if I was crazy or making stuff up. To be shaken to my core with His presence, seeing Him in might, and hearing Him speak to me directly… well, that changes and alters your perception of what you thought was. So, my heart condition.

There are days that I feel His presence strongly in my heart, my core self. There are days where that is a longing by Him for me to be different, to be more like Him, to be with or nearer Him. To draw near means to get closer, and that is what He wants. And, it is difficult for us for so many reasons.

The purity of His presence is intense. The only thing I can liken it to being like is an intense flame. You can feel the heat of the flame, and if it is large enough, it gets hotter and more intense the closer you get to it. There is almost a pressure wall in front of it. The God of the Bible is like that, except the fire of His presence is so intense but does not burn like the heat of a fire. He is pure. There is no impurity in Him. And, He desires to be with us, but in Spirit and in Truth.

In Spirit means in the essence of your being. Who you are. Your heart of hearts. Who you really are.

In Truth means there is no deception, no persona, no mask, nothing hidden. It is what it is with no explanation.

The God of the Bible wants to meet us there, and that is where He meets us. In our heart.

I question my heart condition from time to time. How am I toward others? How am I toward me? How am I toward the God of Creation, who loved me enough to give me Jesus on a cross?

My heart condition sometimes gets so busy filling up life that I do not make time for my heart. My heart condition sometimes gets so busy “doing” that I do not make time for others. I just “do” for them. My heart condition sometimes gets so busy doing for the God of the Bible I actually do not make any time for the God of Creation.

And, that is where the God of Creation and I are today. He is reminding me that sometimes I need to make time just for Him where we are being in relationship, spending time together without expectation.

There are times when the Lord God of the Bible waits for me to get quiet enough to hear Him say, “I miss My time with you.”

Your heart condition, like mine, must get quiet enough, honest enough, and truthful enough to hear the God of Creation and you say, “I miss my time with You, too.”

What is your heart condition, today?

Make time with the God of Creation, and if you do not know Him, you can. Simply ask Him to be in your life, a part of your life. Ask Him into your “heart of hearts”. Let Him lead you, guide you, heal your hurts, and be with you.

Just ask: God, forgive me for being separate from You. I receive the price paid by Jesus on the Cross for me to be with You. Jesus, forgive me. Let me live with you forever. Amen. (Which means, “so be it.”)

If you prayed that little prayer and meant it from your heart, you can expect God to intervene in your life now. He will come to you and begin to work on repairing your heart condition.

Changes in your life may not happen over night. That is okay, that is alright. The God of Creation is with you forever now. There is time. Just work on your heart condition. We, God and me, still work on mine.

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