Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Heart: A Contrite Heart

Here is another post on the heart by Bessie, taken from a column entitled "The Heart" which was published in The Hammer (a CCM magazine) years ago. I will be posting a few more in the future.

A Contrite Heart

by Bessie Wilson

For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isaiah 57:15)

God is very explicit in His Word regarding the conditions under which He reveals Himself to man. He is transcendent (that is, He is above and beyond His creation). He is also immanent (indwelling). He chooses to indwell those who are contrite and lowly in spirit.

Why does God emphasize the heart as the important part of man? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve”(Jeremiah 17:10).

The heart is the inmost part of our being. It influences the mind (the decision-making), which dictates what the body does (deeds or conduct). Jesus taught that “from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts” (Mark 7:21). That is the negative part of the truth.

The positive part is that when the heart is contrite (repenting of evil in thought or action) and lowly (humble) in spirit, God lives in us to revive us both in heart and spirit.

We see casualties in the Christian community, and we get preoccupied with the sins committed. We cannot understand how such things can be. These sins do not “just happen.” We trace them back to the heart where sin was first entertained. Eventually, the external circumstances were favorable to the sin that had long been contemplated.

Because God’s gifts are not necessarily withdrawn when sin invades the Christian heart, a man can continue to expound the Word of God somewhat effectively. But if his heart is proud and if he does not consciously “keep short accounts with God,” he will eventually be exposed in grievous sins. Although the pride of man encourages him to think he is smart enough to avoid exposure, God’s Word disagrees: “You may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

Does your heart need reviving? Get it in a contrite position, praying as in Psalm 139:23-24:

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Does your spirit need reviving? Let it be humbled before God, and as James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” A right attitude in our hearts will bring a revival in our whole person by the promised power of God.

Friday, November 23, 2012

God's Rules and House Rules

Jim Wilson sits down with his son Douglas to discuss Father Hunger. In this video, they discuss the difference between "house rules" and "God's rules."

Monday, November 19, 2012

Are You Literate?

Are you literate?

Or better, can you read?

Or better, do you read?

If the answer is “yes,” to any of the above, when was the last time you read all of the New Testament, or any of the New Testament? Did you understand what you read?

Ask us(http://www.ccmbooks.org/) for a copy of How to Read the New Testament in 67 Days and a New Testament. They are free! Please send us your mailing address.

In the Lord Jesus Christ,

Jim Wilson

Monday, November 12, 2012

"Ask her name and marry her!"

Jim Wilson sits down with his son Doug to talk about encouraging young men to not wait around to get married.

Friday, November 09, 2012

How have you witnessed generational faithfulness?

Jim Wilson sits down with Douglas Wilson (his son) to discuss Father Hunger issues.

What is the Gospel?

Jim Wilson: What is the Gospel?

Changing the World

From 1945 to 1956 I was on active duty in the US Navy. I was a patriot, a Christian from 1947, and loved my country, the Navy, and sea duty. I saw action in the Korean War from 1950-1953.

In 1956 I resigned my commission realizing that my faithful service in the Navy would not change the world, but preaching the gospel would.

On Tuesday night it was again apparent to me that living and preaching the gospel is the solution, not he the election of one of two natural men. (I did vote, but not for either presidential candidate.)

Please join me (and many others) in proclaiming the good news. Feel free to ask me how.

I teach evangelism in my home (114 S. Howard Street, Moscow, ID) on Saturdays at 3:00 PM. See you there.


In the Lord Jesus Christ,

Jim Wilson