Waking the Dead: John Eldredge – Part II

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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3 comments on “Waking the Dead: John Eldredge – Part II

  1. Cool quotes. Sounds like a good book.
    I am guessing that it would be particularly for the sort of person who has squelched their creativity and personality and intimacy. Not so much for the emotionally florid types who are all about the creative, personal, intimate and yet Godless expression – those who try to live from a heart which is not yielded to God, who give a heart free reign without the Cross.

    And that’s not an insignificant thing. Because the unredeemed heart of man is a dangerous place, the source of nightmare. Our hearts are safe to unleash again BECAUSE they are held in the Father’s hand (and none can remove them from His hand). Our very instincts and passions have been redeemed, so it is now “alright” to let the heart lead us (assuming that we are continuing in the Word and in prayer).

  2. Yes – those who simply let their unredeemed hearts run amok without any care for where it leads them will soon find encumbered with all sorts of….stuff. And for the redeemed?

    I’ve had discussions where the cautious reply is that we as Christians also need to be careful, and I do agree, to a point. John’s point is that we are way TOO cautious. We don’t trust our heart because we think it’s still sinful. “The heart of man is evil and deceitfully wicked” takes precedence, instead of the fact that that verse is talking about the unredeemed heart.

    Thank you Jesus! You have redeemed my heart, set me free to be able to worship You, and to believe that my desires are good, that they come from you!

  3. And thank God for the Bible, because the Word of God is sharp, and can help us divide (discern) the difference between the desires of our heart, the redeemed spirit, and the desires of the flesh remnant, the soul and hormones we gotta live with …. for now. God grant us each the insight, through Scripture, to know clearly when it is our hearts leading, and when it’s just the pituitary.

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