Having an Abandoned Heart after God

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LISTEN NOW! In these increasing days of darkness, it is so easy to become caught up into all the evil that is taking place across the world. For some, it is easier to simply shut down, to turn off, and turn away. Or, we can seek after God and put our trust in Him. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world”. Amidst darkness, we can choose the light. As we look through those who God used powerfully, often times, we focus on their boldness and the tenacity of their actions for the gospel; yet we disconnect the process that took place in order for them to get there. Peter was a man that was used powerfully to deliver the message upon the birth of the church where 3,000 came to Christ upon his words. Peter was also the man that denied Jesus; 3 times. What happened in the process? Peter came face to face with his own heart. He had a choice to make.


Paul was another man that was used mightily for the Kingdom. His very hands penned the majority of the New Testament. Book after book written to the churches throughout the land, he wrote from prison. How does that happen? Before Paul was Paul, he was first Saul;a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man”, as he describes himself in 1 Timothy 1:13. When Saul was on the road to Damascus, he witnessed the brightness of Jesus that caused him to go blind. In one moment, he saw the fullness of who God is, and the fullness of who he was. He was a changed man. He had an abandoned heart.


If we believe that we are any different than Saul, we missed it. We are all lost in our sins if we are apart from Christ. There is no gray area. When we come to Christ, we are made new. If we want to do what Paul did, we must first be willing to see what Saul saw. Will we allow the Holy Spirit to reveal our own hearts to us in order for God to use us in the fullness that He desires? Allow your hunger and tenacity to search out the goodness of God to be greatly stirred and so much more. Also shared in this segment: fishing, persecution, Islam, the Holy Spirit, transformation, abiding, Zac Poonen, cheap 5 cent coin, and humility. Steve and John shared in this segment.
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