Had a flash of light this morning when I was thinking about how to have “Victory in Jesus”. You can write this down in your book. The way to have victory in Jesus to is to do everything you do with, for or about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, WITH ALL YOUR HEART! You probably already know that I use six themes to organize my thoughts about the Bible; for instance:
1] LOVE: Deut 6:5 says, “You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.” Jesus said, “This is the first and great commandment.”
2] HUMILITY: Being humble, not proud, is another key to developing your relationship with God; in Proverbs 3:34, Solomon says, “God scorns the scorners, but gives grace to the humble” (this is echoed (quoted) in James 4, and in 1 Peter 5); Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, the humble, for they shall inherit the earth.”
3] GRATITUDE: In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul says, “Give thanks in all things, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you!” (‘In all things’ sounds like ‘with all you heart’) In Romans 8:28, Paul says, “God makes all things work together for good to those who love the Lord . . .”
4] TRUST: In Proverbs 3:5-6, Solomon says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart., and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
5] OBEDIENCE: In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul talks about Jesus. He says, “Let Jesus’ attitude be in you.” He says that even though Jesus is God, He gave up His heavenly position; He humbled himself and became a man; then He humbled Himself even more and surrendered Himself to be arrested, and beaten, and ridiculed, and spat upon; and He was obedient [to His purpose and to His calling] unto death, even death on a cross. I don’t know about you, but for me, the degree and the depth of Jesus’ commitment qualifies as with all your heart. And Paul says, “Let Jesus’ attitude be in (me and) you.”
6] SERVICE: Maybe it’s just me, but being a disciple of Jesus Christ is the best example of service you can do. In Luke 9:23, Jesus says, “if anyone wants to be My disciple (My student, My follower), let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (‘Take up his cross’ means, as it says in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ”, “I’m dead.”) It means to “die to your sinful nature”. (daily). ‘To die’ may not be with all your heart, but it’s plenty close.
With all your heart may not be the only way God wants us to do and be, but it’s certainly high on the list. For me, with all your heart expresses the passion that comes with having the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of the Lord God Almighty, living in your own personal heart.