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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Change Your Heart Change Your Life Part 1

The current book I am reading, Change Your Heart Change Your Life, by Gary Smalley is filled with wisdom. I have just a few quotes below to wet your appetite.

One of the most powerful truths to come out of my discovery is that no one can make you unhappy. p. 6

Nothing and no one can take away your happiness or joy unless you hand it that job over to others or to your circumstances. To find enduring joy and peace, you must learn to recognize and accept the reality that your Designer created the best beliefs for you to store in your own heart, and those beliefs determine your level of happiness. I can see now why King Solomon warned all of us, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23). p. 6

When anyone corrects my driving, I know that God wants me to learn how to be in deeper submission to Him. p. 20

Dr. William Backus says that "you feel the way you think; you think the way you believe. Beliefs are the primary source of your attitudes, reactions, feelings, and behavior. Isn't that just about everything you are?" p. 21

Our reactions are not caused by what happens to us; they are caused by our beliefs. p. 24

What you think about all day long, over long periods, eventually seeps into your heart as a belief. p. 7

God has already answered the question about what beliefs to store within our hearts. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." This belief will accomplish more in your life than any other belief I know. p. 7

Your consistent thoughts become your beliefs, and your beliefs control everything about you. p. 28

. . . chewing on powerful, selected Bible verses day after day throws out your old destructive beliefs and leaves you more empowered to manage your own life and be happier and more satisfied than you ever imagined. p. 31

. . . die daily. p. 37

That's what it means to surrender. In other words, you die to life as you want it or as the world advises you to live, and live only by what God says in His Word. p. 37

The point is, by meditating, ruminating, chewing, and eating your verses on a regular basis, you are making them a part of you. You are making God's way of doing things the real beliefs of your heart from which all your thoughts and actions will spring. p. 62

When you have God at the center of your life, whatever else you gain in material goods is simply overflow. p. 74

CS Lewis points out this famous passage: I think that many of us, when Christ has enabled us to overcome one or two sins that were an obvious nuisance, are inclined to feel (though we do not put it into words) that we are now good enough. He has done all we wanted Him to do, and we should be obliged if He would leave us alone. But the question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when He made us . . . Image yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on. You knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage, but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself. pp. 114-115

I am almost half through the book. I may share more later.

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