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LEAD2015 #2 – Love God – The Heart of a Christian Leader

Heart Transformation

Pastor Eddy Leo
LEAD2015 Plenary Session 2
, 04/06/2015

Introduction

There are 3 levels of education in the Jewish culture. The children learn at home beginning from 6 to 10. At 10, the go to the “house of book” to learn the 5 books from a rabbi. If they are good, at the age of 14, they learn the Torah and how to interpret them. They will stay with the rabbi to learn from him with the goal of becoming a rabbi themselves. If they are good, the rabbi will tell the student to follow him and to take his yoke.

In Luke 5, Simon saw Jesus for the first time. They were not very smart students. They learned for their fathers to become fishermen. They had no dream. One day, a person who is better than all the rabbis called Simon and his friends to follow him. This is discipleship.

What is discipleship? It is to teach someone to obey. Jesus immediately brought them to a place and taught them the Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6), which is about heart transformation. Most of the time, we see the beatitudes is the most important part of the Sermon on the Mount. Dallas Willard’s book, the Divine Conspiracy seems to suggest otherwise.

1         The Presence of God

To be a disciple, we need to be transformed inside out.

Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. (Matthew 7:17)

If the heart is good, we will naturally produce good works. How do we produce fruits? We often fail when we do not practice the principles of the Sermon on the Mount.

How can we become the good tree (which is the heart)?

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:43-435)

Our thinking affects they way we feel and our feelings affect the way we think.

2         Renewing the Heart / Mind

Everything we do will eventually become who we are. We control our heart / mind by the things we store.

There are 4 kinds of soils in the parable of the sowing of the seed

  1. Wayside – we cannot concentrate, possibly too occupied with other things. Distracted. The seed did not fall into the soil. They Word did not enter the heart at all.
  2. Stony soil – shallow faith, so everything a little. Sing a little bit, pray a little bit, stand a little bit, look at the pastor a little bit, sleep a little bit. When the sun comes out, it dries up. The seed did fall into the soil. The Word entered the heart. The Word made sense to these people. It enters the left brain (logic) and also the right brain (emotion.) Still, it doesn’t bear fruit because it doesn’t went into the depth of the heart / treasure – the subconscious. When it does, it stays there. Some people can only remember very little of the sermon and even then trivial things.
  3. Thorny soil. The seed enter the soil. Deeply rooted. The Word entered into the deep subconscious mind. Yet, it still doesn’t produce fruit because in the subconscious memory, there are other kinds of plants. If we do not remove it, we remain the same. Whatever happened in the past will still influence us if we do not handle them. In the Kingdom of God, the righteousness is from the inside, in contrast to the Pharisees who emphasized the outward appearance. The righteousness starts from the treasure. We need to uproot the negative sinful thoughts in our subconscious. Some people cannot be delivered from pornography even when they want to change because they did not deal with this at the subconscious level. Implicit memory are things we experienced up to 7 years old. We cannot remember them clearly. Explicit memory can be recalled with greater success.
  4. Good soil

2.1         Loving Community

We need to live in a loving community or an agape community that we will get support without getting condemned. Only God can judge in a fair way as he is all knowing and he has the power. When we judge, we are possibly trying to be like God. When we judge, we cannot handle it.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:37-43)

It is good to correct. But we cannot do it with a plank (a judgemental mirror) in our eyes. We must remove it first.

In Paul’s time, the mirror is not clear. A person cannot see the specks from the mirror. Others can see it. We need help from others to remove it from us. A speck here can be a sin, a bad habit that we do again and again until it hurts. Something others can see but we cannot see. For someone to remove it for us, the person has to be loving, not judgemental.

An agape community

  • The specks (negative unconscious mind) can be removed.
  • Healing one another
  • Transparent relationship / open to one another
  • Transformation of the heart / mind

Sometimes, a person confesses to God but still cannot get out from sins. We need to confess to one another. We need to confess completely, do not hide anything.

2.2         Unhealthy Community

  • The specks cannot be removed.
  • They hurt one another.
  • Surface relationship / not open to one another.
  • No transformation of the heart / mind.

2.3         Planting the Word of God into the Mind / Heart

After removing the negative thoughts, we need to plant the Word of God and let it stay permanently. Let it enter the subconscious mind so it will become permanent.

He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-9)

When we have good soil (devoid of evil thoughts), it’s very easy. We just have to plant the seeds. The seed (the Word of God) has the power to grow by itself.

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