Song Of The Week
Song: How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep by Bombay Bicycle Club
Mood: Waking up from a dream in a dream in a dream…
Tastes: Trippy (Like Pop Rocks)
How to improve your life?
In last week’s episode, we identified that having a closed heart means to lock out people and God from our lives.
Like how it was described in the bible, we are temples – the dwelling place of God.
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”
-1 Corinthians 3:16
But like a physical institution, we – as temples – have gates. Gates that either remain opened or closed. I’d say, most times we don’t even realize our hearts are closed.
How so? Take a look at your self-talk.
When something good happens in your life, do you wholly accept it?
Or are you like me, doubting that things are too good to be true? Doubt doesn’t reflect the lack of faith. In this case, it represents our adversity towards the grace of God. In other words, we’re locking God out.
Now, herein lies the danger of the toxic cliches that are being spurt around by other people.
If you believe hard enough, God will give it to you.
Pray and you will receive.
Just be a good person and you’ll have all the desires of your heart.
I’m not saying that God won’t provide for you in your time of need. I’m just saying we’re not supposed to expect God to meet us in specific ways.
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,’
‘As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
-Isaiah 56: 8-9
Having faith isn’t to be absolutely doubtless about how God will meet you, it’s to be absolutely doubtless that God will meet us, the God that is a good God, a mighty God, one that is capable of things beyond our fickle imagination. Not to expect specifics. We can’t and shouldn’t limit how God works, neither should we try to manipulate God’s will for us by trying to force our will.
An open heart will therefore allow God to work in our lives. It grants God sovereignty in our life. By surrendering your heart to God and allowing Him in, He can execute his will for your life. And what better will is there than one planned by the maker of the Heavens and the Earth? There is no way, from the depths of hell and back, that the will of man can triumph the will of God.
So, hear me, allow God to reign in your heart, let Him in. And if you’re not ready to tear down the walls, remember that the one person that has to be the exception is God, because He is already in there, waiting for you to come to Him.
So what does it mean to open your heart to God? One thing is to abide in God when you’re in times of need. To abide in someone is to confide in someone. Therefore, may God be the first person you turn to in times of need. Speak to him in your quiet spaces, both inwardly and outwardly. Only when you tell God your deepest, darkest secrets does it mean to have let Him in. Only then are the doors of your heart opened.
God bless you! May the grace of God be with you this week!