“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
One-ism: (All is One) Everything is an uncreated accident
Two-ism: (All is Two) Everything is created by a Creator
Distinctions are part of our Creator
Augustine’s term for one-ism: incurvatus
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight (Psalm 51:4)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
Follow Your Heart = Follow Your Emotions & Desires
Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back. (Prov. 29:11 NLT)
Should We Disconnect from Feelings & Desires?
Respect Your Feelings
Discern Your Desires
Guard your heart above all else, for everything you do flows from it. (Prov. 4:23)
Unify Your Heart
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones (Prov. 3:5-7)
“The expulsive power of a higher affection” -- Thomas Chalmers
What Matters Most, Wins!
Whatever We Love Most, Wins!
Wholehearted Devotion Shows What Matters Most
Jesus Matters Most = He Rules the Heart
Excurvatus: Follow Your Heart to Holiness
John Wesley's Covenant Renewal:
Commit yourselves to Christ as his servants.
In some we may please Christ and please ourselves.
But then there are other works where we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves.
It is necessary, therefore, that we consider what it means to be a servant of Christ.
Let us, therefore, go to Christ, and pray:
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, Rank me with whom you will;
Put me to doing, Put me to suffering,
Let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
Exalted for you, or Brought low for you,
Let me full, Let me be empty,
Let me have all things, Let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
To your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours. So be it!
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.