Friday, May 12, 2017

Changing My Heart - Now Think On This by Steve Martin


Changing My Heart

Now Think On This
Steve Martin


“My heart is throbbing, my strength is gone, and the light in my eyes has left me.” (Psalm 38:11, Complete Jewish Bible)


Back in the day, 2001 to be exact, the contemporary Christian group named 4HIM came out with their 9th album, entitled “Walk On” (WORD Music Group). When the 8th song on the CD, “Who You Are”, played on the car CD player as I drove home from work these 16 years later, I could feel the Holy Spirit’s refreshing come. I hit the repeat button. Even now, He was touching my spirit, changing my heart once again.

The lyrics speak of the Lord constantly changing our hearts (video link and full lyrics are below). As for me, that is a good thing. This past year I had felt that my heart was growing weary, a bit colder than before, with the constant battle going on that surrounds us. Church meetings were becoming routine; days at the accounting office were hard to get through; situations happened that just made life less than expected or desired. It was not a good thing, as I saw it.

Now I know there are seasons of the soul, as I and others have written about over the years. In the dead of winter, you feel just like that. Dead to the world and even in your spiritual life. You may wonder what is the purpose of reading the Bible, praying, or having fellowship with other believers. You just let the days and months pass by, hopefully soon enough.

Then your spiritual spring and summer come. They can occur at the same time as it is in the natural, but not necessarily. This is when you can sense your spirit coming alive again, as hope is renewed, joy returns, and you get your vision from Him back.

For without vision, we perish. Or as The Message puts it, in Proverbs 29:18, “If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”

We all need refreshing for our weary souls. We need a “battery charge”, as we used to hear in conference messages. We certainly need the Holy Spirit to renew our vision, to bring that encouragement desperately desired at several points in our walk with the Lord Jesus.

Constantly changing our hearts is what the Lord wants to do daily in us. He longs to have us renewed, refreshed, and revisited with the first love, the one we had for Him at the start of our journey. Yes, even for those of us in the older generation, living in the later decades of our natural life.

“Come Lord Jesus” we ask today. We will give thanks and praise for Your faithfulness.

Now think on this,

Steve Martin
Founder
Love For His People, Inc.


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Now Think On This - In the Year of our Lord 05.12.17 - #282 – “Changing My Heart” – Friday, 5:15 pm

All previous editions of Now Think On This can be found on this Blog, and on the website: Now Think On This


Again, I would be most grateful if you'd share this encouraging word with your family and friends. You can easily use the social media icons below. Thanks! Steve

Who You Are
 Album: Walk On
·         Artist: 4Him
·         Release year: 2001
·         Duration: 4:30
·         Genre: Pop music, Contemporary Pop

Who You Are      LISTEN HEAR
When I see the sun
Coming up in the sky
When I see the stars
In the still of the night
Then I, I see who You are

When I feel the breath of
The wind in my face
I rest in the warmth
Of a Father's embrace
Then I, I feel You Are

And who You are
Is all I'll ever want to be
Take my life
Make what You will of me
'Cause You're constantly changing my heart
Leading me out of the dark
Bringing me closer to who You are

I'm ready to run
And I'm ready to dance
Live every moment
Leave nothing to chance
'Cause I, I know who You are

I consider the Cross
And the price that You paid
I know that You live
'Cause the stone's rolled away
Oh I, I love who You are

And who You are
Is all I'll ever want to be
Take my life
Make what You will of me
'Cause You're constantly changing my heart
Leading me out of the dark
Bringing me closer to who You are
'Cause You're constantly changing my heart
Leading me out of the dark
And You're bringing me closer to who You are

Songwriters: CHRISTOPHER NEVILLE EATON, MARK R. HARRIS
© Universal Music Publishing Group, CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

For non-commercial use only.

Who You Are: LISTEN HEAR


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