The heart surely matters when it come to matters of the heart. In Scripture we often see the contrast and disparity between God's values and views of life and those of humanity.
Then he [Jesus] said to them, "You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God. Luke 16:15
For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1Samuel 16:7b
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13
I believe that through Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit that the gaps between our values and God's can be significantly bridged. As a demonstration and witness to the watching world of a new kind of humanity in Christ, we are invited to rise up in Him and begin to live out the culture of heaven in our personal and community lives here and now.
According to a divine dream that God confirmed to me in a very undeniable way, the Body of Christ needs to gird herself up to re-rout the river of God's Spirit that has periodically been poured out and flowing afresh over the last century across the globe into a "wild life refuge." Even more specifically, a "human life refuge for the wild at heart." That is, to cast a realistic vision for what a "fully alive" woman or man or child looks and lives like and how those kinds of people can band together to live life in healthy interdependence, host God's presence and woo those who have yet to come to Jesus to trust Him with their entire beings.
A VOICE OF HOPE
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