July 31

And they said one to another, did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
Luke 24:32

People take all kinds of medicines for physical heartburn because of its pain and discomfort. But there is a spiritual “heart burn” that Jesus reserves for only those who long to know Him. And the burning heart that He gives sets our spiritual beings aflame with a holy passion for God.

Does your heart burn for the Lord?

When is the last time a scripture became so real to you that it burned a hole in your soul? That experience awaits you and me on a regular basis. It goes with the “new heart” promised in Ezekiel 36:26 and with being a new creation in Jesus. It is the heart of the Savior placed and protected within us by the Holy Spirit. However, there is a cost to God ever calling you or me “a man after my own heart.” We must develop such a hunger and thirst after only Him that there can be no substitutes. The Holy Spirit longs to consume us with:

  1.  a burning heart (our scripture for today);
  2. a yearning heart (panting for him as a thirsty deer pants for water – Psalm 42:1-3);
  3. a learning heart (searching and studying His Word above all other pursuits – Matthew 11:27-30);
  4. a discerning heart (to know what really counts and to set our priorities accordingly – Philippians 1:9-11);
  5. and a turning heart (that is sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s conviction of any sin and a zealousness to turn from that sin in rapid repentance – Revelation 3:19).

Jesus is eager to give us all of His heart. Are we ready to give Him all of ours?!

My Prayer

“Oh my Father, open to me the fiery truths of Your Word. Give me the gift of a heart that burns with a holy passion for the Savior who burns with love for me.”

We invite YOU to have a part of the action with us.

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