Do You Have A Heart For Jesus? | Signs of Stable Faith

I have a kind of spiritual test for you today to answer the question, do you have a heart for Jesus? and some Scriptures to examine ourselves for signs of a stable faith.

The Book of James is our how to of discipleship and provides some insights on not being a grumbler and Jesus also has some words to live by if we may need an attitude adjustment.

Jesus is the ultimate attitude adjuster and as we grow in our faith in Him we should know the fundamentals of repenting for our sins (evil deeds), praying earnestly (especially for others) and having a heart that is hot for the Word of God.

 

Heart for JesusEvidence of an Established Heart

James 5:9-12

9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

 

Evidence: the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid

Evidence that we have an established heart in Christ should show by our attitude and actions.

“Grudge not one against another” is James way of saying have a positive attitude towards one another.

Do you hold a grudge or grumble towards your neighbor or brother or sister?

It is easy to criticize other people without considering our own attitudes and actions.

Grumbling always occurs in the absence of grace.

If someone grumbles against someone they have forgotten the grace of God and in reality are condemning themselves.

 

Jesus – The Adjuster of Attitudes

Luke 6:35-38

35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

 

Jesus had an insightful take on what our attitudes should be like.

Be giving, merciful, forgiving and loving.

With the same measure you give it will be given unto you.

Because we know Jesus is coming soon it should affect our attitudes and how we behave.

Truly, Jesus is at the door and our attitudes and actions should come from a pure heart, showing others love and kindness.

We should not hold grudges and grumble one to another because Jesus is at the door.

 

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Stable FaithHave Integrity and Love God

And look at Job, how he endured great suffering, never turned on God and came out on top.

As such, we must endure with pure hearts in the Lord all the way to the end of our journey.

Be kind, be loving, be long-suffering, be giving, be merciful, be forgiving, speak truth in Christ Jesus and God will be with you and reward you greatly.

Let your yays be your yays and your nays be your nays and do not swear by anything in heaven or on earth.

For anything more than yay or nay comes from the evil one.

Be a man or woman of God and integrity.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” (Martin Luther King, Jr)

 

Pray for Others

One of the most mature and stable in faith things you can do is pray for others.

When you pray for others you show your reliance on Jesus and realize you cannot be the fixer of every ones problems, but through prayer you can have an impact.

Once you get into a regular groove of praying for others you will come to understand that it does make a difference and how rewarding is that, when you cannot help in other ways you still make a difference in others lives with your prayers.

When you have given of yourself in every way, there is still the power of prayer and trusting God to make the change in peoples lives that brings them closer to Him.

The power of prayer is very effective in calling non-believers to Christ when maybe they have said no to your invitation to the Gospel message. Jesus has His certain ways to bring the ones He wants close to Him regardless of their previous objections. They may have said no today, but tomorrow could bring a whole new outlook and attitude in someone you may have given a subtle nudge towards Christ.

Pray for your family. Pray for your friends. Pray for your enemies. Pray for your country. Pray for the Lord’s Churches. Pray for the Christian Missionaries. Pray for the poor. Pray for those who reject Christ.

 

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Seek the Word of God to Build a Heart of FaithSeek the Word of God Every Day

If you really want to grow in your faith and become well-established and stable in the Lord, you should look forward to study of the Bible beyond just Sunday Worship service.

There are several FREE resources on my Online Christian Resources page – Click Here to help you get more of the Word of God in your every day routine.

If you’re time constrained I recommend Dr. David Jeremiah’s FREE Daily Devotionals that only take a few minutes each day to read in your email inbox and are also a good reminder to pray.

If you want to dedicate 1/2 hour or more per day to the Word of God, I recommend Thru The Bible with Dr. J Vernon McGee teaching the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Thru The Bible is FREE to download or listen online and comes in 1/2 hour segments making it easy to fit into your schedule somewhere. I listen as I am relaxing before bedtime.

Seeking the Word of God, praying, repenting, not being a grumbler or grudge holder, having integrity, loving God and being giving, merciful, forgiving and loving towards others is evidence of having an established and stable heart of faith and living for the glory of Jesus Christ.

 

Reference: Pastor Al Pittman, Calvary Worship Center, Colorado Springs, CO

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You may like my previous articles on the just shall live by faith and Christian Leadership Qualities.

If you have any questions or comments leave them below and I will be sure to reply as soon as possible.

Did this post help you better understand that an established or stable heart of faith shows you are living for the Lord?

God Bless You,

Alexander

 

Alexander, Believer and Follower of Christ

Hi Ladies and Gents, I am a born again Christian who attends Calvary Worship Center in Colorado Springs, CO. I really enjoy blogging about the Lord because it helps me to improve as a Christian. I hope you find my articles helpful if you are thinking of becoming a Christian or want to be a better Christian. Blessings.

Comments 13

  • Hello Alexander, how are you? What great article you have here. Make us thinking about our lives, our actions and our soul.

    I have the bad habit, if someone doing something really bad against me, I become very sad with this person. I don’t fight very much, and I stay away of this person. One exemple was my brother: he hurt me so bedly emocionaly, that I start void him for about 2 years. One day God send a lady to my house from very far away and she found out about my brother and I, and she ask me “why you are not talking with your brother?” my ansher was because I was trying to not get hurt again. She said: “when Jesus forgive us, He forget as well for good, He don’t say I FORGIVE YOU BUT I AM NOT GONNA TALK WITH YOU SO I AM NOT GET HURT, He just forget”. So this make me think about my atitude, the grudge that I was holding and how much I should change to be a better christian.

    I still a long away to go to become a better christian, but I am trying. I am not a good reader of the scriptures and I need to get better on that.

    God  is been very patiences and generous with me. He have drop over my head allots blessings since I was a little girl. You have know idea how many miracles He had operating in my life, so I am grateful for that.

    Thank you for this Article,

    Cheers to your success, God bless you!

    Telma

    • Hi Telma, thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      It is hard sometimes to truly forgive and learn to trust someone again after they have hurt you. It takes real work and dedication. I hope things are better with your brother now and you are talking to him again.

      We all have a long way to go to be more like the Master. It is so easy to slip up in a lot of different ways. Knowing Scripture is helpful, but if you need help with understanding you may want to check into Thru The Bible that I mention in the article. Thru The Bible really does a wonderful job of explaining Scriptures.

      It is great that you are thankful to God for the miracles and blessings in your life – I feel the same way.

      I am doing wonderful, thank you for asking. God has put me through some hard times in the past, but that was so I would come around with real faith in Jesus and now the blessings keep coming. All praises and glory to Jesus.

      Christ be with you

  • Thank you so much for sharing this.It is sometimes very easy to let the things of this world distract me from what is truly important and that’s having a heart for Jesus and always turning the trials and tribulations I face over to him. I recently had anger build up inside of me and I released a little bit of it towards some of the people I’m closest to in my life and it should not have happened because they did not do anything to deserve that I realized it after I had done it and I was definitely in the wrong. I asked them for forgiveness and Jesus for forgiveness as well. The thing I need to do more of is daily prayer and having a better relationship with my Lord and Savior. I’m about to serve my church in a big way and my heart and attitude need to reflect that. I do definitely pray for others though and I will always make sure to keep doing that. 

    • Hi Brian, thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      I am glad you got forgiveness from those close to you and always from Jesus when you ask for it and that you learned from your mistake. It is a bad thing when anger builds up and up inside of us and we have to try to let it go and like you said, give it to Jesus.

      It helps to remember that vengeance belongs to Jesus and He will repay for wrongs against His followers, that way you don’t have to feel like you have to be the one to retaliate for any wrongs against you.

      It is such a great blessing to pray for others – you’re well on your way to having a close intimate relationship with the Lord and through Him you will know the Father which is like special on top of special.

      God Bless You

  •  I am probably guilty of holding many grudges and grumble colossal sum virtually current president of United State of America! I am moved by your words and found a lot of sins I wasnt aware of. You gave me the avow to become a augmented Christian, through invincible behavior and words. Some of that is intensely well along to perform I have to receive. I have lent portion, and did not profit repaid, that is highly developed to just forget and not expect the money furthermore. I was in two minds to door through your article, because I am not as dedicated to getting closer to Jesus as I should be. But I genuinely enjoyed reading your works. preserve going on the terrible put-on and work us all recall the liveliness of fine will toward man indistinctive of our lives. Your blog educate me more to shape closer to Jesus Christ

    • Hi Adebayo, thank you for your comment.

      Jesus will call you closer to Him when you try just a little to learn Scriptures, pray and be gracious to others.

      It is not good to grumble about the President because God is the one who sets up and brings down Presidents.

      Seek God and He will bring you many wonderful blessings.

      God Bless You

  • Hello Alexander,

    I came across your site as a member of Wealthy Affiliate.

    I am not very religious myself. I have many many personal reasons why.

    However, I do respect each person has their own journey and I am happy that you are not only happy with your beliefs, but also promoting love and peace.

    It is so sad to see the state of the world these days and so much hate and fighting.

    Why can’t we all just get along.

    As a child I was often forced to read the bible from end to end and I know that there are many qualities that if we applied them in our lives would create world peace.

    I am sure the other religious books promote the same qualities, so it is very sad to see the world in chaos.

    I hope that you and your message can help the world become a better place.

    Tim

    • Hi Tim, thank you for your comment.

      It is easy to let the disparaged state of the world get to you – I’ve been there and done that.

      But Jesus has overcome the world and death and that is part of the many reasons why I put my hope and trust in Him and have peace and joy no matter what is going on in the world.

      There are also many wonderful things happening in the world with many descent people working through Christian and other charities to bring about hope to the disadvantaged.

      There is a lot of wrong in the world, but a lot of good things can be found also if you are looking for it because you won’t hear the good things, especially about Christianity, in the main stream media.

      Christ be with you

  • This is a very enlighten piece of article you are writing my friend.As an observe of love yourself as you love your neighbor as you love your self is one big issue for Christians in my country.They are no practice listening within for the little voice in the subconscious mind for direction.Too much in the conscious mind which is full of external factors that lead them not to fulfill the love your self and love your neighbor as you love yourself.There is need for this in my country….

  • Hi Alexander, another great article sharing some wonderful truths about the word of God. It highlights the fruits of your faith when you are able to act with integrity and remain steadfast in your beliefs through the hard times. To be able to show through your actions,  walk the talk and not on Sunday alone. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Hi Cass, thank you for your comment.

      Ya, things really come together in growing faith when you are willing to give God some time each day. So much to learn from the Word of God, but when we try, He blesses us with understanding and so much more.

      I still like my Worship Sundays and learning from the Bible teaching Pastor, but every day is a blessing when you take in the Word of God and pray.

      God Bless You

  • Hi Alexander,

    You have a very inspiring and beautiful site. I am probably guilty of holding many grudges and grumble plenty about Trump! I am moved by your words and found a lot of sins I wasn’t aware of. You gave me the encouragement to become a better christian, through good deeds and words. Some of that is very hard to do I have to admit. I have lent money, and did not get repaid, that is hard to just forget and not expect the money back. I was hesitant to read through your article, because I am not as dedicated to getting closer to Jesus as I should be. But I genuinely enjoyed reading your works. keep up the good work and help us all remember the spirit of good will toward man everyday of our lives.

    Thank you and may God bless you,

    Chas

    • Hi Chas, thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      Ya, I probably grumbled too much about Obama, but we’re really not supposed to knowing that God sets up and brings down Kings and Presidents.

      It would probably help you Chas to have some daily ques to pray and get closer to Jesus. There are some great options to explore on my Online Christian Resources page – Click Here to help give you those ques.

      Dr. David Jeremiah’s Daily Devotionals are very good and only take a few minutes to read in your email each day.

      Thru The Bible is really helpful to take in the Word of God each day in 1/2 hour segments making it easy to fit into your schedule somewhere.

      Both suggestions are totally FREE.

      Christ be with you

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