Some quotes from the book:
“What more can be said, what greater case could be made than this: to find God, you must look with all your heart. To remain present to God, you must remain present to your heart. To hear His voice, you must listen with all your heart. To love Him, you must love with all your heart. You cannot be the person God meant you to be, and you cannot live the life you were meant to live, unless you live from the heart.” (p.49)
The Enemy’s plan from the “beginning was to assault the heart, just as the Wicked Witch did to the Tin Woodman. Make them so busy, they ignore the heart. Wound them so deeply, they don’t want a heart. Twist their theology, so that they despise the heart. Take away their courage (note: John writes earlier how courage comes the Latin word for heart). Destroy their creativity. Make intimacy with God impossible for them…..In other words, without your heart, you can’t have life.” (p.52)
So what did Jesus do for our hearts?
He ransomed them, he restored them, he gave us a heart of flesh, one that can respond to God. It’s pure again! Jer 31:31-33, Ez. 36:26-27.
“The story of the Incarnation is the story of a descent and resurrection…one has the picture of a diver, stripping of his garment, making himself naked, then flashing for a moment in the air, and then down through the green, and warm, and sunlit water, into the pitch black and cold freezing water, down into the mud and slime, then up again, his lungs almost bursting, back again to the green and warm and sunlit water, and then at last out into the sunshine, holding in his hand the dripping thing he went down to get. This thing is human nature.” (C.S. Lewis, The Grand Miracle)
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