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The Eyes Of Your Heart…

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By ADIGW in : Today in God's Will // Apr 13 2009

Peter is a man who loves God. He loves God with all his heart, mind and soul. Every morning upon rising, Peter diligently reads his bible, makes notes and throughout the day tries to make a conscious effort to meditated that which he has read. He especially liked the book of Psalms and did his best to memorise at least a few verses from it. In all aspects of life, Peter experiences trials and tribulations of life just like you and I.

There came a time when Peter became unwell. He got sick and needed to be admitted into a hospital for several operations. His family and friends gathered around him daily and they fasted and prayed. They interceded for him, asking God to please take away the sickness and the pain. Despite all their prayers, Peter did not get any better; in fact, he got worse and began drifting in and out of consciousness. However, all through his ordeal, in his mind Peter was alive and well. He kept telling himself, “I need to get up and read my bible; I need to find those words and verses to pray for healing and encouragement”.

Whenever he was conscious and strong for a short time, he struggled to physically pick up his Bible. When he did, he struggled to read it. As soon as he opened the pages, the words became a blur and because he was weak, his body got tired of trying to focus and he drifted either to sleep or un-consciousness. He tried this a few times and then he realised that no matter how hard he tried, it was just physically impossible.

Then during one of his conscious bouts, he thought, “my mind is still conscious and able” which means I can still speak to God, I can still pray. Ah! He was excited, and so with all the strength he could muster within his mind, he opened the eyes of his heart, the pathway to the richness that lies deep within its walls.

Heart now open, Peter starts to read with the eyes of his heart. He starts to read the words he had so diligently and patiently memorised over the years; words of healing, comfort, peace, deliverance and victory. As he reads, Peter started to speak to God. He whispered and presented God’s words and promises to him, bringing them to His remembrance; all on the wings of a prayer.

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When trouble comes knocking at your door and you find yourself in situations such as Peter’s or even worse, what is your first reaction, what do you do?  After all the screaming and crying is done, do you rush to get your hands on the nearest bible you can find, flick through the pages (or index) and find passages relevant to your situation and begin to declare God’s word over it? Or do you kneel down, or encourage your mind, spirit and soul to bring to remembrance the words of God hidden within the walls of your heart and start to pray them into your reality? Psalm 119:11 reads “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

From this verse, we see that when we keep God’s words hidden within our hearts, it helps and guides us, letting us know when we are about to wander off from God’s path God; for the word within us, will be a witness to how we are living.

It will be quite a difficult tasks if it was left to us to decide or guess if we are sinning, have sinned or going to sin against God; especially when everyone’s interpretation of Right and wrong are as different as the night and day. Imagine this with me: Carol wants to take a piece of candy that does not belong to her, this will be stealing. Before she does this, she wonders, “Is this the right thing to do”? She is not sure because in the past she has taken candy that did not belong to her. However, since she became serious about God and following His word, she needs to know the right thing to do. And so she picks up her bible, and flips through the pages to find out what it says about taking candy that does not belong to her. :-).

Well that approach is will is not a practical way to live from day to day, because there will be times when Carol does not have her Bible to hand and she needs an answer right there and then.  However, if Carol has the Word of God a stored within her heart, the Holy Spirit will bring her to remembrance of it and she will know that taking candy that does not belong to her is wrong. (I hope – for she has a choice!).

sy_bounded_heart-1846When we are diligent to keep God’s word within our hearts, we are able to live out the reality of Philippians 4:8, which reads “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”  We will know what is true, honourable, right, pure and lovely and admirable to think and meditate on, daily and constantly.

The act of storing the bible within our hearts is not an easy task. It takes practice, diligence and perseverance. However here are a few tips that might help:

 

Using visual aids: example Index Cards

  • Get a pack of Index cards such as used for presentation. Example below

  • Using visual aids: example Index Cards
    • Get a pack of Index cards such as used for presentation. Example below
    • Find the Bible verse or verses you would like to memorise
    • Decide how many verses you would like to memorise a day, a few days or a week
    • Date the index card and write the Bible verses on it.
    • Every night, mid-day and night (or night and morning) read the bible verses
    • Every other night, write from memory as much as you can remember of that verse
    • Do that until you can write the verse as it should be, then move on to another verse

     

    Using Technology Devices:

    Technology is a beautiful thing; it has many usages and advantages. You can do the same as using an index card, with a few alterations such as:

    • Find the Bible verse or verses you would like to memorise
    • Decide how many verses you would like to memorise – a day, a few days or a week
    • Open a task or note reminder on your technology device and write and store the Bible verses to be memorised on it
    • Save the task or note reminder for each day or duration required
    • Every night, mid-day and night (or night and morning) read the bible verses (tip, you could programme reminders into your technology device)
    • Every other night, open a note book on your technology device and write from memory as much as you can remember of that verse
    • Do that until you can write the verse as it should be, then move on to another verse

    “1MY SON, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquillity [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you.” Proverbs 3: 1-2

    So here is me encouraging us all to be diligent in the reading and storing up the word of God within the walls of our hearts; storing up its meaning, wisdom, understanding and power. There will surely come a time when we will need quick access to it and not in the way that we are used to, such as picking up the bible or our phone to access a Bible App.

    As you consume the beautiful, life giving and changing word of God, open the eyes of your heart, allowing it to retain all its richness that will be useful on a day such as Peter’s.

    May the Word of God never depart from your heart and mouth as you make Him famous along your way.

  • Much Love, Remi Banjo
***pictures by photobucket***

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23 Responses to "The Eyes Of Your Heart…"

  1. Hadassah April 13, 2009 10:44 pm Reply

    I love the picture and thankyou for the wonder ful words of encouragement.

  2. Remi, United Kingdom April 13, 2009 11:08 pm Reply

    @Hadassah, thank you :-)) and you are very much welcome.. I thank God for the gift of words. Have an awesome week x

  3. Emeka Amakeze April 14, 2009 3:54 am Reply

    I'm grateful for these words but most especially for making me come to the realization of the existence of the eye of my heart.

  4. Gee April 14, 2009 5:58 am Reply

    hmmm remim this picture ehn…hmmmm!
    good words o..the is really power in Gods word, if i can recall he talks about his word being LIFE.

    I remember my pastor once told me that knowing the word of God in such situations is like going to the battlefield really equipped, so watever the devil throws at u, u always have a come back-Gods word!
    hey remi!!

  5. Jaycee April 14, 2009 6:48 am Reply

    The story you wrote in the first part Remi, is one of the deepest stories I’ve ever read. Reading with the eyes of your heart… All those times he physically read the bible, he never even knew a time would come when he would be physically incapacitated.

    We have to learn how to hide God’s word inside our heart. I like your tips for memory aid…and I’d also like to suggest the use of ‘biblegateway.com’ for quick searches. It’s been great so far…:)

  6. Rita April 14, 2009 7:23 am Reply

    Remi…You are my teacher

    My spiritual growth has been mainly due to the use of study books, they encouraged me to search the bible myself, answer questions and memorize verses.

  7. JustDB April 14, 2009 9:38 am Reply

    WOW… Reminds me of my goal of memorizing some scriptures this year which sadly I've not started! Nice tips too

  8. Telekinesys April 14, 2009 9:39 am Reply

    Great story!A reminder that we wont always have the bible at arms reach but can carry it in our hearts. Thank you.

  9. Debbie April 14, 2009 8:26 pm Reply

    Well done Remi, Indeed our minds can hold such wealth of information, much more than we can imagine.

  10. Remi, United Kingdom April 15, 2009 10:37 am Reply

    @ Emeka Amakeze – we thank the Holy Spirit for his wonderful teachings. Yes the eyes of our heart will come to great use when we least expect we need it.

    @Gee said – lol.. that picture, when I saw it, the words that were initially mumbled up started to make sense.. it’s striking huh? Yes God’s words are life, therefore it will bring life when we speak it to any situation. :-) x

    @ Jaycee said – Imagine that, when I understood the story myself, I vowed to start taking memorising the scriptures more seriously. we will face trials and tribulations and I want to alwasy be prepared oh. Ah Biblegateway. I use that every single day. God bless those who put that tool together – it’s priceless! :-)))) x

    @ Rita said – hehehehe thanks.. Holy Spirit is our teacher.. he is the one that gives me the words, the wisdom and all – I am only but a vessel to pass on that which he teaches me. Yup, that’s a great way to learn too. I do some of those too. It is our responsibility to verify that which we hear and read with the word of God and ask the right questions from God about them. Hope you’re good luv x.

    @JustDB said – lol… don’t worry, we’ve all missed a task or two this first quarter of the year, but just pick it back up and set realistic goals – for example, one verse a week or something and then slowly you will grow. I am tempted to put a weekly verse on the blog to help readers actually. x

    @Telekinesys – You are more than welcome luv.. so true, we won’t always have it with us physically. What we have stored within is sometimes what will pull us through. x

    @Debbie – thanks luv. So true, our minds are so complex and so capable, if we knew the half of what it could do, we would stop restricting it. How are u doing luv? Did you get my email?
    x

  11. simeone April 15, 2009 4:33 pm Reply

    God bless you for this…amen

  12. Lady A April 15, 2009 5:24 pm Reply

    You truly have a gift. So true we need to embed God’s words in our heart. I didn’t use index cards, but I wrote it on reg. paper and recite them. I need to do it again.
    I LOVEEEEEE THE PIC….sooooo deep, I might have to use it, lol.

  13. theicequeen April 16, 2009 5:06 pm Reply

    really encouraging post! we really should have His word with us at all times, and not just when we open our bibles…them promptly forget what we’ve read..will put new effort into memorizing!

  14. David C Brown April 16, 2009 8:35 pm Reply

    Thank you for this. When the psalm says, “To do thy good pleasure, my God, is my delight, and thy law is within my heart” I think it looks forward to the Lord Jesus. He had the way of God in His heart.

    And, from a not very great age (I think!) do your learning as young as you can – a little older and it’s not so easy!

  15. justdoyin April 20, 2009 1:30 pm Reply

    thks Remi, 4 showing me with a very vivid example, just how 2 utilize d eyes of my heart…that story is very deep and inspiring…I also need 2 start memorising Bible verses daily…I keep starting and then leaving it off…thx again…

  16. StandTall-The Activist April 23, 2009 12:48 pm Reply

    Hi, stop by my blog to read what Jaycee said about you in her interview. Thanks

  17. Remi, United Kingdom April 23, 2009 1:12 pm Reply

    @ simeone Amen, thank you my brother, hope you are having a great week. x

    @ Lady A said – thanks luv, I thank God. cool, paper works too, the key is in keep it up, sometimes I use my mobile phone and set alarms at intervals. It’s hard when u start, but gets easier with time.. yup u can use the pic oh. have a great week. x

    @ theicequeen – thank you..:-) Keep practising, I’m sure it will get better by God’s grace. We all have to do a bit more (pointing to self :-)) – Have an awesome week x

    @David C Brown – Thank you – Through re the Psalm passage, yup I will do my best to learn as much as I can, I must say it was much easier when I was a lot younger.. lol.. thanks for the advice… Have an awesome week. x

    @justdoyin – you are welcome luv. Yup keep at it, by God’s grace it will stick. I pray God gives you the patience to persevere… x

    @StandTall-The Activist- thanks Luv. That was an awesome interview… I love Jaycee tooooooo :-))
    Much Love x

  18. Believer April 24, 2009 8:28 am Reply

    Thank you, needed this. His word should be in my heart. I am learning how to go beyond reading to memorizing and meditating. Thanks sis, God bless you

  19. Dayo April 24, 2009 2:41 pm Reply

    Hi sis, just thought i’d stop by your page and bless you and i just had to read the blog and bwoy! was i blessed. You are blessed sis. Keep up the GREAT work. :)

  20. Esther May 20, 2009 9:57 pm Reply

    This is a wonderful way to learn how others use the eyes of their heart. Many years ago I entered a program of scripture memorization. In my childhood days, I learned scripture through my teachers. Now I am almost 81. Sometimes my physical eyes are hard to keep open at night. When I settle down in bed and my husband is sleeping, there is a wonderful presence of the Lord. I simply open the eyes of my heart and call forth scriptures that comfort, plus have a wonderful conversation with the Lord. Before long, He has given me that blessed sleep.

    Blessings to all who enter this site.

  21. Remi, United Kingdom May 20, 2009 11:24 pm Reply

    @ Esther… wow.. thank you so much for visiting and commenting.. what you wrote brough tears to my eyes… The Lord is supremely good. I will do my best to keep memorising scriptures, so that when I am blessed with old age, I too can read with the eyes of my heart when I need to.

    And for your prayer.. Amen.
    God bless you loads… lots of love xx

  22. Ema-lee November 29, 2010 1:32 pm Reply

    Hi Remi,

    Thanks for this lovely reminder of simple and practical ways to feed our spirtman daily.
    Peters story is a true wake up call to the power of scripture meditation.

  23. Francis November 9, 2012 7:55 am Reply

    Nice story but please what happened to peter at last?

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