7-3-2014 8:05:02 PM
Put Your Heart And “Sole” Into It
In Luke 10:27, Jesus said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
Luke 6:45 says “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
What is in your heart?
And, what is coming out of your mouth?
Those can be tough questions to answer.
One way to examine our hearts is by Matthew 6:21 & Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
What do you value? What do you hold in high regard? What do you esteem?
Look around you. Where have you put all of your time, energy, and finances?
When we honestly examine these scriptures and take account of our lives, we can see if we truly love the Lord our God with ALL our heart, ALL our soul (our mind, will, and emotions), and ALL our strength, AND if we truly love our neighbor as ourselves.
Jesus went on to say in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.”
He also said in John 14:23, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.”
Let’s look at a few things God has taught us…
2 Corinthians 5:7 says “We walk by faith, not by sight.”
That is one thing I consider “Putting your sole into it.”
Some people have said “Putting feet to your faith.”
Christianity is not passive. It is very active.
When we believe God’s Word and put our faith and trust in what He said, we must walk out God’s Word. Some of that “walking” goes along with what I mentioned earlier- What words are coming out of your mouth? Are you speaking healing, life, and prosperity or death, doubt, and destruction?
Although our natural situation can look dreary and bleak, we need to believe what God says and speak God’s Word over our situation and “walk out His Word,” living our lives according to what He says.
Let’s look at a few more things God has commanded us…
In Mark 16:15, Jesus told us to “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” And in Matthew 28:19, He commanded “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”
Again, believers in Christ should not be passive in this aspect of our faith. We should be sharing our faith and spreading the Gospel every day to those we come in contact with.
Some people may be a little frightful of talking to other people, but let me encourage you.
Psalm 23:4 “Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”
Because Ephesians 6:15 says "... and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace."
God is with you even when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He will give you peace. It is only the “shadow” of death. The scripture doesn’t say “the valley of death.” God is with you every step of the way.
Even in the shadows when it can get dark, Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
We have God with us and His Word will light our path. But, we must walk.
Romans 10:14-15 tells us “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!"
If we don’t go, then the Gospel will not be spread. We must walk.
As we walk, God will stand with us and protect us. He will give us strength and courage.
Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Sometimes when the devil is attacking us, we must dig in our heels (our soles) and stand our ground on the Solid Rock of Jesus.
When we walk in God’s anointing and walk out His Word in our lives, we must understand He has given us authority through Jesus, in Jesus’ name, to overcome the devil.
We just need to put our heart and “sole” into it.
1 John 2:6 “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”