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One Way – the Only Way

Patrick was suddenly aware of the beautiful woman with crystal blue eyes and chestnut-brown hair.  She was stunning.  She was gracious and approachable.  People seemed to enjoy her presence.  He wanted to win her but had no idea how to do it.  He decided to go out and win the hearts of other women.  He felt that somehow, in this manner, he would learn to win the heart of his loved one.  He became a man of some reputation leaving a trail of broken hearts across the city.  Finally, he felt he was ready.

He had studied about her and knew where she would be.  He arranged to be there and to meet her.  He used all of the methods he had used in winning the affections of the other women.  She looked at him with tears brimming in those crystal-clear blue eyes and said, “Patrick, I saw you long ago and loved you.  I have watched as you have pursued other women and it broke my heart.  Now you come to me with all your experience and it means nothing to me.  All I ever wanted was you.  The way to my heart was clear.  You had only to come to me and I would have received you and loved you.”

Patrick’s face showed his dismay.  “Do you mean that you have wanted me all this time?”  “Yes, I have longed for you.”  Patrick asked, “Is it too late?”  “Dear Patrick, since you have found that there is only one way to my heart and that is to come to me and accept my love, I freely give it and forgive you all your previous efforts. ”

Today’s Lesson:

This is the way of our great God. He has provided one way – only one way – into His Presence.  He sees us pursuing false gods and his heart breaks. He knows that the enemy of our souls wants us to believe that there is more than one way to Him.

There is only one way and it is through the shed blood of Jesus.  He is the Doorway to Father God.  He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to God, except through Jesus.

All we have to do is stop our self-effort and our self-focus and turn to Him.  He sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the price for all of our sin.  He made it possible for any one of us, regardless of our past choices or beliefs, to come to Him.  The only qualification is that we accept what Jesus has done for us.  As we turn to Jesus, He provides us everything we need for life and godliness.  He loves us and wants to spend time with us.  He wants us to fall in love with Him and fulfill our destiny.

He knew that we needed Him and so He didn’t make it complicated.  He didn’t give a different way to one group of people and another way to another group.  He knew it needed to be simple and so He provided only one way.

The enemy likes to bring doubt and confusion.  He wants us to question everything.  Satan’s desire is to keep us off-balance and away from the One Way, Jesus.  He wants you to think Jesus is just an enlightened teacher or a prophet, but He doesn’t want you to know Him and the power of His blood.  But Jesus is not enlightened – He is the Light!  Jesus is not just a prophet – He is King of Kings and the Lord of lords!  Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”  He is God!!!

Today, He is inviting you to come to Him.  He is waiting.  Just tell Him that you want to know Him and ask Him to make Himself real to you.  I assure you that He will.

Heart

I had the privilege of being in a meeting where Dr. Gary Wood was speaking.  When he was 18 years old, he and his sister had been to a party and were on their way home.  It was a dark night and his sister saw a truck illegally parked and screamed, but it was too late.  Gary  died and went to heaven.  When he got there, his best friend who had been killed in a car accident earlier, met him and showed him around.  He told him that he couldn’t stay and he knew instantly that his younger sister was calling him back using that name, Jesus.

After being in heaven, returning to earth didn’t look attractive.  He needed plastic surgery and his teeth were shattered, his neck broken in the same way Christopher Reeves’ neck had been and his jaw was broken in three places. He had no vocal cords.  After returning to his family, he was in the hospital for nine months.  They said he would never be able to speak or sing.  Imagine the nurse’s startled face when she greeted him after almost a year of silence and he answered her back.  He has an X-Ray that shows that he has no vocal cords, yet  he can talk and sing today.  (Excerpted from the preface to: I Died and Went to Heaven. available on-line)

He began to speak without vocal cords and without a larynx.  As I have pondered how that could be, there is an answer.

The facts are that Gary has no vocal cords or larynx. The larynx serves many purposes.  Without a larynx one can not eat food as it will go directly to the lungs and cause pneumonia and death.  It is used by the voice to show emotions and speak loud or soft – and it also serves to bring in air to support your ability to act.  Without a larynx, Gary should not even have been able to pick up a book or move a lectern, yet he does it all.

So, how does he do it?  God healed him so that he did not become a paraplegic as Superman had been, but God didn’t heal everything in  his natural body.  He still has no larynx or vocal cords.  After being in heaven, He knew the reality of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Father God in ways few of us will know until we are there in His Presence.  Gary still had to find the truth alive in his own heart.

As he moved from his head to his heart, his brain surrendered and the power in his heart began to take charge.  Under the domination of his heart which where the Spirit of the Living God resides, the supernatural took over and Gary spoke.  He didn’t need the body part, because He had something better.  He had the Truth and it changed everything.

We must consider that no matter what we are facing, no matter how devastating our circumstances, we, too, can live from our heart.

Today the question is:  Are you living from your heart or is your brain still running things?

Selected Scriptures:

Psalm 9:1
I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

Psalm 13:5
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

Psalm 15:2
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

Psalm 16:9
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Psalm 17:3
Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Psalm 27:8
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Psalm 31:24
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psalm 33:21
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 37:4
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.’

Psalm 84:5
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Psalm 112:7
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Psalm 147:3
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 4:23
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Proverbs 14:30
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Proverbs 17:22
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Acts 2:26
Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

Hebrews 10:22
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

1 John 3:19
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

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