My 4-year-old sister, Mary, loves to pray. She prays for her paper cuts to get better, for Christmas to get here sooner, and for play dates with her friends. But it is my favorite when she prays for other people. Often, Mary will pray for God to “heal their hearts.” She not only wants God to help them become healthy or happy but also wants their hearts to be healed.
Last weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said that spiritual depth is a faith-filled step away. If you want to have a closer relationship with God, you need to trust what he says. He shared an important verse in James.
But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you’ve heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
Mary, at only 4 years old and without truly understanding the meaning of what she was praying, asked for something very profound. A “healed heart” is a heart that has been set free and blessed—just like the verse says. In addition to praying for others’ hearts, we should also take a step of faith in healing our own!
A great step toward a fully healed heart is reading the Bible regularly. When I take a little time to read, I am trusting that God will reveal to me the message he wants me to hear. God’s Word is full of wisdom and truth for a heart that wants to be healed.
Now you know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Not only am I set free, but when I obey what the Bible says, I am also blessed. For the past few weeks, my family and I have been meeting with volunteers from The Tabernacle and passing out groceries to people in the surrounding neighborhood. The Bible talks about how important it is to serve others, and now I understand—serving feels good! As I share God’s love with others, I receive a blessing in return. Serving to others heals my heart.
Blessed are those who hear God’s word and obey it.
Our hearts won’t be fully healed until Jesus comes back. But taking steps of faith will grow our relationship with God, and that is the best way to heal our hearts until that time comes. Take a faith-filled step today toward freedom and blessing.
How can you take a faith-filled step right now? What areas in your life can you grow to have a deeper relationship with God?
If you haven’t done so already, take a step toward God by reading Scripture every day for the next week. Try to set a goal for the week—maybe 15 minutes a day or seven chapters a week. Find other ways to take faith-filled steps, like joining a group or attending GrowthTrack.
Father God, I know that my heart is broken because of the sin of this world. Please heal my heart and give me the courage to take a step of faith. Help me grow in you, becoming closer to you every day. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to get to know you better. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Lydia Snyder. Lydia has been a story-lover for as long as she can remember, often found reading books or writing. She is thrilled to be making a difference by inspiring others to take part in the best story ever – God’s story. Lydia lives with her three wonderful siblings and two amazing parents.
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