Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Ready Heart

Addison Road - What do I know of Holy?

Jer29:12-13 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
While listening to last Sundays message this song was on my heart most of the time. It is not about having it all figured out or knowing the right things to say or pray it's all about the heart.
I love the promises given in this verse
1. We will call upon our Lord - Not if but when
2. When we seek Him we will find Him and
all we need is a ready heart. All we need is to
want more of Him than this world. Sounds easy
and yet it is a daily dieing of our own desires.
The main verses that were covered in the message were Matthew 13: 10-15
Matthew 13:10-17 (NIV)
10The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven

has been given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever has will be given more,
and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has
will be taken from him. 13This is why I speak to them in parables:
"Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
" 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
10The disciples came up and asked, "Why do you tell stories?"
11-15He replied, "You've been given insight into God's kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn't been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That's why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they're blue in the face and not get it.
* In the Message it talks about understanding the stories is a gift and the gift is given to a ready heart. I find that the more I press into God and His word the more I love it. Our creator giving us insight why would we not take this one on one time with Him.
Jason(Pastor) mentioned that many people say they don't know where to start in reading the Bible or it's confusing. I can say from experience that most people don't know where to start but we have to start somewhere.
What gets you excited, What do you already do on a daily basis? This might sound a little silly but it's true. For me it's music. I listen to music most of the time so that's what helps me get me into His word.
My husband is in the car all day so he could listen to a sermon on Cd and then do more study at home.
A friend S.G. is a big reader so he might read a book and then use that to do more research about that scripture or topic.
We all have different passions and interests and I think that we make it to complicated sometimes. What our Father wants is our hearts and he takes care of the rest. When I come to Him with an open heart and ready to learn and grow he opens my eyes.

Matthew13:12 - Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.
When Jason covered this part of the scripture he mentioned that the more is more of God. That God is looking for those who are will to chase and follow him. People that are less interested in what he will do for them and more interested in him as a savior.
When I looked up the definition for chase it said:
an earnest or frenzied seeking after something desired
When we seek after God it will take effort and yet he gives us more of him when we have a willing heart.
* More love
* More wisdom
* More patience
* More understanding
What has he given you more of?

* If you are interested in listening to the message you can visit
* Media Downloads - 9/27

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