Living How To
The heart is the secret meeting place of every person where all directions are chosen, and strategy is planned and maps are drawn. The heart is a perpetual boardroom meeting, always in session.
Mind, Will and Emotion are the section leaders. Spirit and Conscience try to influence the outcome but they do not have the final say. Will does.
Thoughts and Feelings sit at the head of the conference table. Along the side, Past Memories sit beside Broken Dreams. Ambition has a prominent chair right next to Thoughts. Desire and Greed sit together and ever whisper, sometimes Greed takes over Desire. Issues are brought to the fore and there is a vote. God is always there in the meeting and records the final decision. He is rarely given the Head of the table but He watches…and keeps records. He hears the heart!
I am He Who searches minds (the thoughts, feelings, and purposes) and the [inmost] hearts, and I will give to each of you [the reward for what you have done] as your work deserves.
Revelation 2:23b AMP
The heart is the determining place of our life’s meaning and direction and most of us are not present at our own meeting. We are not aware of our heart reactions and musings, much less the conclusions that form our very character and our distant future. So we consider that we are just poor victims of life.
We live in the mind not the heart, full of assumptions, prejudices and most of all imaginations that appear as truth. The mind, as the home of illusion, is the Adamic door open to listen to the snake.
“What I think is true, I believe is truth because I think it. I need no proof and want no evidence. I only need to consider it, judge it and then it is my truth, I don’t care if it’s a lie.”
Thinking spawns Emotion and then Emotion rules and so the life is rolling on the road to Delusion.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23 AMP
Or from the NLT:
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
That is a simple statement and not exaggerated. Your heart process determines the course of your entire life, its success or failure!
Tragically, most of us are not willing to live from the heart as did David who is the great expert of heart-living. A “man after God’s own heart”…not because David’s heart was pure but because it was above all, always honest, and willing to be probed and corrected. He could be approached and corrected about his heart. Comes prophet Nathan about Uriah.
The real story of Get Along With God is that Jennifer and John – and now others who are joining this journey – truly know how to do that and they are showing you how. It is a great secret lost on most of Christianity. They are showing you how to get along with Him. And the always-wonderful outcome of experiencing God’s Presence!
Ever they succeed! Because ever He is pleased.
They hit life and life hits them. Their spirit is disturbed, unsettled, so they go to the boardroom for the meeting. But the Mind is put at the end of the table. Feelings are told to be listen and speak only when spoken to. And Christ is welcomed to come in as the Head of this meeting. The issues, the appearance of things, are brought to Him. He listens, He understands and He presides as Negotiator and Counselor. Every part is exposed and submitted to him.
A Living How To
John and Jen are meeting with the Head of their own complex organization and they are listening as Christ sorts out the ‘issues of the heart.’ And as He persuades and reveals, every part at the meeting is won to His side. Mind agrees. Emotion realizes it feels wrong. Old Wounds are told to be healed by forgiveness. (Old Wounds are always sneaking into this meeting.)
Conscience has the floor and the Rule – the Bible – is read to affirm that what the spirit ‘feels troubled about’ is actual.
The life is not measuring up to the Rule (Bible). Everyone agrees with the Prince of Peace and harmony is restored. Joy bursts forth and there is a party of celebration.
This is what John and Jennifer are showing you. They are telling-by-living, how to Get Along With God!
The result? Oh, God is pleased.
And you get to enjoy His enjoyment of you.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
[He must grow more prominent;
I must grow less so.]
John 3:30 AMP
There are all too few places where you can find the nitty-gritty of walking with God in harmony and intimacy. But John and Jennifer – along with our guest bloggers – are constantly demonstrating, not teaching but LIVING out the process, in transparent reality. It’s an absolutely marvelous gift to the world in these deluded times!
Jennifer and John are giving a testimony of how to bow, tell the truth, give Christ the rule at their deepest core and above all, let Jesus talk.
To get along with GOD—
Christ MUST increase, and I must DECREASE.
‘MUST’…or there is no growing in Life.
Your board meeting can take a few seconds or months to conclude. Yes, sometimes it is years of inner war. But learning the skill of Getting Along with God is to live ever bowing to His Voice and growing in “grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18 NASB).
Your heart is what God watches, weighs and knows intimately…even when you do not. Your heart condition dictates His dealing and response to you.
Walking with God is simplest when it is just down-and-dirty honest and you know who you are inside this moment and what you feel and how you think. That is an open heart.
It’s not introspection. It is spiritual honesty, genuine responsibility and it yields peace with God and joy in life. It’s “walking in the Light as He is in the Light…” (1 John 1:8). Presenting yourself always to God’s Searchlight of the heart and letting yourself be found and adjusted.
When God wins the heart to Himself,
you enjoy His enjoyment of you.
And that is the bliss of Christ that
Jennifer and John continuously experience.
They openly offer to you the way.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
Hebrews 11:5 ESV
We always think that pleasing God is ‘doing’ something good or big for Him. But Enoch just walked with God, meaning he lived always before Him, with Him, communicating and listening. Aware of Him…looking at Him. In the mundane, in troubles and in the special.
Over time, I have come to believe that this is what gives God pleasure. Being fully emotionally, mentally present to and with God. In every moment, through every situation.
God so enjoyed Enoch that He took him up in an unprecedented manner, straight to Himself.
Our God and Father is always and forever, with us!
But we are so seldom truly with Him.
I am so pleased and amazed by these two. They are just with God in every situation. Nothing is too small and nothing is hidden from their Lord. I hope you appreciate these young pioneers who open their hearts in all vulnerability!
How to Get Along With God is the only thing worth knowing and the only skill we need.