Both Ps Murray and Ps Meredith are originally from South Australia, where they had served in the various facets of Senior Pastoral ministry in several churches over many years, being ordained in 1990. They have two sons, Chris & Tom.
They share a genuine love for people and a passion to see lives impacted with the miracle working power of God. Changing lives through the power of faith in God’s Word. Committed to seeing people turned from a destiny of meaninglessness into lives coming into connection with the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and through His power, healed, restored and re-established as people to learn the ways of the Kingdom of God and put them into daily lifestyle practice.
Hi Everyone and Welcome to October
We have been studying the following theme for the past few weeks. “Guard your heart with all diligence” etc
says the book of Proverbs, because the course of your life flows from what is going on in that part of you.
God loves us so much that His Word contains patterns and practical guidelines that if we follow them, provide for the blessed, peace filled, joy filled, life that is God’s intention for us all. Life can have many twists & turns as we all know, so it is wonderful to search out the wisdom found in Proverbs.
In the Old Testament the word “heart” is found more than 200 times & it mostly deals with the thought life, the emotions, the wellsprings of life, the things that motivate and mold us. So we could call it the thought life.
So why is it so important? Because your thought life controls the rest of your life, controls you. “what is going on in a person’s thoughts is the real them, and ultimately guides their decisions, good or bad.”
Your thoughts—positive, negative, good, or bad—control your attitudes. Your attitudes are the sum total of your thoughts. Your attitudes lead to your actions. Someone once said, “Sow a thought, reap a deed. Sow a deed, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.”
Before you can do a thing you have to think it. Your thoughts lead to attitudes; attitudes lead to actions; actions lead to those achievements. It all begins with the thought life. Your achievements will be the sum total of your thoughts.
Actually, we all know and love the Bible account of Noah’s ark, but do we remember that God allowed that because of the fact that “every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was evil continually before God”. Or the heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart. We’re still having the same problem they had.
So, time to refocus and consider:
What lies do I believe about myself or the world around me, and how is that affecting my relationship with
God & my victory?
What stuff is going on in my thought life that is weighing me down from my (Jesus bought & paid for) freedom?
What behaviours or habits do I know not to be right, & yet ignore?
Am I selfishly trying to find fulfilment in life apart from God’s Word, even though I know what it says?
Well what is at stake here? Hmmm nothing much other than health, wealth & wisdom.
So is it really important for me to look more closely into my heart & my thought life and be honest with myself about what I am finding? And be courageous enough, by God’s grace, to make any necessary changes?
Hmm, I think it might be.
God loves you & so do we. Pss Murray & Meredith.