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Burning Hearts
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Though the followers of Christ did not recognize the Stranger beside them on the road to Emmaus, they recognized truth when they heard it. When they realized their companion had been Jesus, they exclaimed, “Did not our hearts burn within us?”

Their hearts burned because the words of the Stranger confirmed the truth they already knew about God and Christ. With hearts aflame with new understandings and the knowledge that they had just encountered the risen Christ, they turned around and walked back to Jerusalem—perhaps they even ran.

They didn’t wait a day or a week, or for a time more convenient. Physical rest, business, whatever they needed to do at home was delayed until they had fulfilled their mission of telling others what the Savior had revealed to them. Their words of confirmation went a long way in strengthening the confidence of the disciples in the truth of the resurrection and prepared them to receive Christ’s presence among them a short while later.

There is something about truth, about God’s Word, that lights a holy fire in human hearts. It is because God’s Word is a living thing embodied with God’s power and attended by God’s Spirit. It is a fire to be shared—to be passed to others. The flames of Pentecost were outward symbols of the inward light.

All Fire not from the Lord

In his writings, Oswald Chambers1 warns that not all fire is from the Lord. It is our duty to study the source of the fire and think through its logical course to determine if the burning in our hearts is an over-emotional tendency, a self-glorifying ambition, or a deceptive diversion.

Satan has counterfeits for everything—even the second coming of Christ. Satan is as ready to set fire in our bellies to serve his means as the Lord is to set our hearts afire for the purpose of the heavenly Kingdom. Like the people of Berea in the days of Paul, we should “receive the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether those things were so.”2

Pray for one another that the fire of truth will burn in our hearts, that we will have ears to hear God’s word and eyes to see as God sees.

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By Lois Pecce. Copyright © 2009 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE ®

1 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, updated edition, ©1992 by Oswald Chambers Publications Association, Ltd., March 22 entry.
2 Acts 17:10-12 (NASB)


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