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How to Live with All Your Heart (15 of 20)
Series: STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY: PHILIPPIANS
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) Series ....Strength For the Journey (The Journey of Life) ....Study the book of Philippians.
1- The Bible says ....Neh. 8:10 "the joy of the Lord is your strength."
2- Paul was strong in the journey of life ....because he knew the joy of the Lord.
.... You see, Paul knew how to live with all his heart.
-- I have been reading a book recently that has changed my life ....The Sacred Romance by: Brent Curtis and John Eldredge ....My life change began on page 2 in Chapter 1 -- entitled "The Lost Life of the Heart":
"In our modern, pragmatic world ...we do not understand it is God speaking to us in our heart. Having so long been out of touch with our deepest longing, we fail to recognize the voice and the One who is calling to us through it. Frustrated by our heart's continuing sabotage of a dutiful Christian life, some of us silence the voice by locking our heart away in the attic, feeding it only the bread and water of duty and obligation until it is almost dead..." (Pg. 2)
"In the end, it doesn't matter how well we have performed or what we have accomplished -- a life without heart is not worth living." (Pg. 3)
"It is tragic for any person to lose touch with the life of their heart but especially so for those of us who once heard the call in our heart and recognized it as the voice of Jesus ....But for many of us, the waves of first love ebbed away in the whirlwind of Christian service and activity, and we began to lose the Romance ....We moved our spiritual life into the outer world of activity, and internally we drifted."(Pg. 7)
-- In other words, you stopped living with all your heart.
3- It is so easy to abandon a life of the heart ....we are tugged constantly away from that life by the externals of life.
4- Paul knew that to live with all your heart ....you could not trust in the flesh ....I.E ...
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