Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012   

Today's Photograph . . . . The Heart Is The Epicenter Of All We Are   (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Ephesians 1:18 
 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people. (NIV)

While deer hunting this year, two of the youth hunters asked for the hearts of animals we had harvested. They were going to use them in school science projects. 

The physical heart is an amazing creation wonderfully designed by God and absolutely necessary for life. The fact that it works so long and so well reflects glory to the Creator who designed it. It pumps blood continuously, and yet finds time to rest between beats. Even when damaged, it has the wonderful ability to heal. 

What an amazing organ! It should not surprise us that God uses the heart to represent the center of who we are as human beings. 
(Jack M)

Action Point
The blood-pumper in our chests illustrates more important truths. The heart is the epicenter of all we are. It reflects our values, beliefs, emotions, personality, and desires. The Bible says that it was affected by sin and became deceitful and desperately wicked, Jeremiah 17:9. 

We need the Bible to help us understand ourselves and to reflect the truth. The Holy Spirit gives us understanding of God and reveals to us through the Word our thoughts, motives, and desires. The Bible is alive and powerful. It shows us what we really are. 

Hebrews 4:12 reflects the power and potential of God's word in our lives. Let's be in it daily. Let's allow the Spirit to enlighten us, to assure us of the confident expectation of life with God, and of a life lived with Him. Let's have hearts converted by faith in the Savior so we may understand all God has for us as His children.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Prepare your heart. Get in shape. Do cardiac oriented exercises to prepare for the field. Eat correctly to foster the health of your heart. Cardiac health will contribute to more enjoyment of the outdoors.