Here are my thoughts on the Role of the Heart in Learning for the First Steps 101 course.
I very much enjoyed reading this section in the lesson. Reading through the scriptures was enlightening.
Having said that I also want to acknowledge that I already knew that it is all about our heart issue. Someone could approach the Bible with an academic attitude and ‘know’ the historical and cultural impacts within the scripture and never know Jesus Christ – never knowing God’s promised plan from the very beginning. They would be 100% mind and 0% heart.
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (English Standard Version) was specifically striking for me, because I struggled mightily with the idea that I was forgiven in my first years as a believer. Every time I sinned I would have a rush of thoughts in my head about not being worthy which leads into the next sentence in the handout about Doubt and miracles in Mark 11:22-24.
As I worked through my issues and kept growing in the Lord the rushing thoughts began to fade and I began to see miracles around me. Basically my faith grew and through the Holy Spirit working in me I began seeing my heart grow.
I continue to try passing on my ‘knowing’ to those that God brings to me, both at work and in ministry at Grapevine Ecclesia. As I plug back into TECU and UNTCI and have conversations like this one I hope to pass on what God has shown me.