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The Key to My Heart

By Martha Noebel

Who has the key to your heart? There are many who would say, "I have the key to your heart. I want to come in." If we allow that, we could entertain wrong thoughts and actions. God wants to be the sole owner of the key to our hearts.

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory (Colossians 3:1-4).

How wonderful that is to know! When He has the key to our hearts, we are giving Him the place of honor and power. We then begin to allow Him, and no one else, to fill our thoughts, making Him our "real life." Praise God! It is then that we can hear God speak His love to us. We can hear Him say, "She (or he) is my delight.”

That word was spoken to me at a time I really needed to hear it. We try so hard to work for God, to please Him, and yet we can become so busy with the work that we forget to love the Lord of the work. I want to stay in a place of feeling God's love for me. I may be frustrated with all that's going on around me and be too caught up with things. God wants my attention. He wants my love, and He wants to love me the way I need to be loved.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).

I want the life of Christ to be seen in me. I don't want it said that when things don't go my way that I continue to force the issues. I want to be able to say, "God has another plan" and let go of it. I want to be able to release the problems so I can be healed and made strong through it all. I want the "Lover of my soul" to be able to speak to me His songs of love without any hindrances.

Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use His words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts (Colossians 3:16).

That's the attitude I want. I need to let Christ live large in me and make me wise. I want to be able to be a blessing to others and to always have a song to God in my heart. What joy is mine when I refuse to give the distractions a key to my heart! What rejoicing I can have if I don't let the cares of this world have a key to my heart!

The choice is yours and mine. You and I have to make the decision. Who has the key to your heart?

God, You have the key to my heart!

All Scripture references taken from The Book, New Living Translation.

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