Do You have a Heart Murmur?

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Heart murmurs…

 

* are extra heart sounds caused by turbulent blood flow, sufficient enough to produce an audible noise, ranging from very faint to very loud.

* are due to functions and activities of life or of living matter (physiologic conditions) outside the heart.

* are a treatable and preventable condition. If not serious, medication will improve the condition. If more serious, surgery may be in order.

 

But what if it is spiritual rather than physical? Are those heart sounds, from faint to loud, due to conditions outside the heart?

 

Israel had this heart problem. What was it? Murmuring and complaining. And God was grieved and disgusted with this whiny bunch.

 

God once said to Moses and Aaron, “How long will this evil congregation murmur against Me? I have heard the complaints the Israelites murmur against Me.” (Num. 14:27 Amp)

 

What were the outside conditions that caused their murmuring? They deplored their situation. Israel “grew impatient along the way, and they began to murmur against God and Moses. ‘Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?’ they complained. ‘There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this wretched manna!’” (Num. 21:4-5 NLT)

 

David said that “they despised the pleasant land, having no faith in His promise. They murmured in their tents, and did not obey the voice of the LORD.” (Ps. 106:24-25 ESV)

 

The results of too much whine? The book of Numbers should be a red-flag warning to all of us. Because of their murmuring and complaining, God implemented numerous forms of punishment, among them…

 

1) fire

2) plagues

3) fiery serpents

4) death for the entire congregation except for Joshua, Caleb, and those under the age of twenty.

 

God chastised Israel, saying to them, “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness of [mind and] heart [in gratitude] for the abundance of all [with which He had blessed you], therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord shall send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and in want of all things.” (Deut. 28:47-48a Amp)

 

That was the Old Testament, you say. But has God changed?

 

The English translation of The Received Greek Text says in 1 Corinthians 10:9-11a, as Paul exhorts, “Neither overtempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished by serpents. Neither should you murmur, as also some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer. And all these things happened to those as examples, and it was written for our warning.”

 

All these things happened as object lessons for us – to warn us against whining, complaining, and not being grateful because of life’s adverse circumstances – that we might not receive God’s discipline. He may use different methods today, but His righteous anger has not changed.

 

Is a murmuring heart a treatable and preventable condition? Yes! To maintain spiritual health, we replace the whining that destroys the proper functioning of the heart with the remedy of praise and thanksgiving. However, if we do not work on our heart condition, God certainly will, using His own special type of surgery.

 

If Proverbs tells us, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Prov. 4:23 NLT), and Jesus said, “Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech” (Luke 6:45 TLB), then we need to heed those words, for “He who watches over his mouth guards his life.” (Prov. 13:3 Lynn’s Version)

 

All Israel had to do was step through the portal of thanksgiving, but their murmuring, disobedience, and impatience slammed the gate shut, barricading the entrance to God’s promise. For forty years, they lived next door to that land of milk and honey, but almost all of them never lived to set foot on it.

 

The wilderness takes its victims while they are yet wandering in their complaints. To live in the Land of Promise, you must step out of the wilderness of murmuring.

 

Does your heart pour out too much whine or pulsate with praise and thanksgiving?

 

~Lord, my prayer is this, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Ps. 19:14 NLT)~

 

Blessings, Lynn

 

lynnmosher.com

 

Heart murmurs come in many forms. What kind do you have?  

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Is Your Lamb Too Little?

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Is Your Lamb Too Little?

 

“Each man is to take a lamb for his family,

one lamb to a house.

If the family is too small for a lamb,

then share it with a close neighbor.”

(Ex. 12:3b-4a Msg)

When God initiated the first Passover, He unleashed the last plague on Egypt as the Death Angel. To protect His people from the destruction, He instructed each family to take a spotless lamb, “a male of the first year” (Ex. 12:5 NKJV), into their home.

(Interestingly, the word first here means son as the builder of the family name. It also means one’s immediate physical male offspring or animal offspring and is most often translated son.)

Following God’s instructions, after killing the lamb, they were to save the blood in a basin, then God commanded them, “Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning.” (Ex. 12:22a NIV)

Safe, protected by the blood, as God said the smearing of the blood would be a sign for Him to pass over that dwelling, as a sign of salvation from death to life.

Then came the new covenant. The shed blood from a different kind of lamb, “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:19 NKJV)

Jesus said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins…Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life.” (Matt. 26:28 NIV, John 5:24a NKJV)

This blood of the Lamb is to be smeared on the entrance to our heart’s home.

And that precious, spilled blood is our salvation from death to life. Anyone who believes in Him “will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24b NIV) Our Eternal Passover.

“If the household be too little for the lamb…” (Ex. 12:4 KJV) Let’s turn that around.

Is our Lamb big enough to share?

If we have taken this Lamb into our heart’s home, are we guilty of selfishly hoarding His salvation? A. B. Simpson said that “we have no right to claim the purchase of the Savior’s blood for ourselves alone, and that we are guilty of selfishness, dishonesty and base ingratitude if we can be content to be saved without having done everything in our power to give our fellow men an equal opportunity of eternal life. Have we understood this? Have we lived this?”

Hmmm…have I? Do I keep Him to myself? Who is my neighbor that I might share this blemish-free Lamb with him or her? Who crosses my path in my daily walk? Do I claim that precious purchase of salvation merely for myself, or do I share Him and He is thus multiplied just as Jesus fed the five thousand plus?

Or is my Lamb too little?

Paul wrote, “He died for all.” (2 Cor. 5:15 NKJV) Exodus 12:3 in the Modern Language version says, “One lamb for each home.” One Lamb for all.

Therefore, take the First and Only Son, as the builder of the family name, into your house, your heart. Take the whole Lamb, the whole Christ, the whole salvation. Take His blood; smear it on the lintels of your heart for eternal security. One Lamb to keep us protected, to feed upon, to drink from…and share with others.

Is your Lamb too little? Or is He big enough to share?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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We Are The Clay, and God is the Potter

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God sent Jeremiah a potter to show him how a lump of clay could be formed into something beautiful. (Jeremiah 18:1-10)

We need to realize that we are a work on process. We are being molded into what God really has in mind for us.

God is at work in our lives, showing us what He is like, giving us visual aides to things like His mercy, purpose and power. The is just His way. He has always done that.

God didn’t tell Israel what he was going to do, He actually did it. He didn’t tell them He was the deliverer; He actually delivered them from Egypt. He didn’t just tell them He was a holy Judge; He judged them all the way to Babylon. He didn’t just give us a description of Himself; He came in the flesh of Jesus.

When God wants to get a point across, He speaks in the language of experience.

God showed Jeremiah how a  potter can change a piece of clay into something beautiful, and He is telling you that you too can be changed into something beautiful if you feel you haven’t already.

We need to share this thought with those around us. There are many people who feel like a lump of clay; no meaning, no direction, no thought of what they want to be.

“Witnessing is not something we do; it is something we are.” (Anonymous)

Yes, your experiences can be a witness to someone else. I know a basketball coach that has reached out to many young men, just from his actions. He claims he hasn’t done anything, but in reality, he has effected players because of his love for them, and by his deeds.

You can do the same with those near you. It could be your own family, or friends. Live by the example of Jesus and I guarantee you that it will have a huge affect on them with time.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

Above all…never, ever, give up!

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If A Christian Disagrees with me, What do I do?

Is God Ready to Spit you Out of His Mouth?

 Our luke warm devotion to God of the Bible makes Him upset and He is ready to spit us out of His mouth.

Are you even a threat to Satan? Is he even aware of You? He doesn’t bother with those who don’t resist him.  If you are resisting him he will work overtime to keep you and your love for Christ from threatening his interests.

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. William Cowper (1731-1800)

It is hard at best to be strong against the temptations that Satan sends our way. He keeps telling us it is Ok to have a little fun, or a small sin won’t hurt anyone. He likes to divide us and conquer us.

It is a battle that can’t be taken on alone. What can you do? Who will help you?

You may feel very alone. You may even feel like a speck of sand on the beach of life when it comes to God caring for you. There are millions of people worshipping Him, but He still loves you as His own.  God wants us to plead with Him when he appears not to care.  When we feel the most sinking feeling that God is far away is when we should seek Him the most.

Actually God checks on us days, months, and even years after we have been saved to see how we have progressed.  He may not seem near, but He is and He does care enough to worry about how you are growing in the knowledge of Him, and in the love you should have for Him.

God wants to grow enough that we will come out of our comfort zone. It is easy to stay where we are and not grow. God made many people in the Bible come out of their comfort zone.

  • David was forced to hide in a cave until he realized that he needed to call on God to rescue him. Then he was brave and eventually became king.
  • Moses felt he wasn’t qualified to even speak to the people about God, but he led them out of Egypt into the promise land.
  • Jonah even tried to run from God because he didn’t want to do what God asked. A huge fish swallowed him and later spit him out. Jonah went on to speak for God to the people.
  • Noah was just and ordinary man that did an extraordinary thing.  He was ridiculed by all of his friends, but he still obeyed God and saved all the animals and his family.

What is your comfort zone? Are you staying where you are because it is much more comfortable for you?  

Don’t stay in just one spot. Come out of your comfort zone and take the step of faith, knowing God is there with you. Also realize that your comfort zone changes. What your comfort zone is now may be totally different a year from now. God will be helping you grow and you will seek new horizons down the road.  When God taps you on the shoulder, obey! Growing for God can be like peeling the layers of skin from an onion. There is a new layer each time you shed the old one.  Each new one is a new comfort zone.

 No matter what you think about yourself, God made only one you, and then He threw away the mold. You are one of a kind, and you are the child of God. He made you in His image.

I had another thought tonight…..

If I accuse you of being a sinner because you have a meal with one, then I am wrong. If I try to make you feel shameful because of whom you choose to spend time with, then I am wrong. If you and are threatened by someone’s success and say “They are of the devil,” then we are both wrong. If another Christian disagrees with me and I think he is not a Christian because of that, then I am wrong. 

We are not to judge or choose our friends on what they do or think. We should be open to anyone, and try to share with them the love we have for not only them but for God. Then we shouldn’t condemn them if they choose not to agree with us at the time.

If we just reflect the love of Jesus in our faces, hearts and lives, people are going to want what we have.

 

 

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