Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 “Heartburn”

“They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

This past year was a remarkable one for what is often referred to as the “Sport of Kings”...horse racing, as a hores named American Pharaoh became the first horse in the last thirty-seven years to win the elusive Triple Crown, one of the sport’s greatest achievements.  A few years ago, Hollywood released a film which told the story of what many regard as the greatest race horse in history…Secretariat. He was actually “won” by his owner, Penny Tweedy, by the flip of a coin. Tweedy actually lost the coin toss and the breeding rights to what was considered then the more desirable mare. But that apparent loss led to her ownership of the legendary Secretariat, a horse she chose to call “Big Red”. As he grew, it was apparent that he had a rather unique personality. Larger than most horses, he loved to eat. He appeared rather lazy and was actually a bit of a showoff for the camera. But on the race track, under the right jockey, with the right trainer, and an owner who never lost faith. the big red colt electrified the racing world in 1973 by becoming the first horse in a quarter-century to capture the triple crown. Not only that, he set new records for speed in each leg of the triple crown…records unmatched to this day, even by this year’s winner of the accolade! The most stunning performance came in the Belmont Stakes, where Secretariat outdistanced his rivals by an astonishing 31 1/2 lengths. This event is considered one of the greatest sports accomplishments of all time. That day in 1973, his heart was truly on fire as he streaked to victory like “a tremendous machine” as the caller of the race described it.  When he died an an autopsy was performed, it was discovered that his heart was nearly twice the size of a typical race horse. Truly, he was born to run, his own large heart afire…the heart of a champion.

Secretariat was born to be a champion, but he didn’t do it on his own. It took faith, training, guidance, skill, and love to develop his potential. It took someone to give him “heartburn” (pardon the pun). So it was with those two men Christ encountered on the Emmaus road on Resurrection evening. It was the Living Word that gave them “heartburn” of a most positive nature. It was Jesus Christ. When the heart is filled with Holy Spirit power, it is truly set afire. It happened like that on the day of Pentecost. It happened there on the Emmaus Road. It happens today as one comes to know more and more of Christ. Each of us has been born with championship potential. Each of us has a heart that is ready to be set afire by Christ and for Christ. When it does, people take notice. Christian reformer John Wesley once said,

Catch on fire and others will love to come watch you burn.”

People are naturally attracted to a blazing fire. A life set ablaze by the Living Word captures the attention of others. They may, as did the crowd at Belmont Race Track in 1973, stand in awe as they see a sight such as they never witnessed before. As on the day of Pentecost, many will come to believe and ask “What must we do to be saved?” They will come and watch as you burn with powerful, passionate , persuasive testimony of Christ’s Lordship. Their hearts will begin to kindly and burst forth in blazing glory as well as the Holy Spirit reveals Christ to them. Prayer provides the heat. The Word is the fuel. The Holy Spirit is the oxygen. Put them all together and you have hearts afire. Let’s pray!

O Lord; Fan the flame that burns within my heart, that I may glow with such intensity in my passion and love for you that all those around me may see and believe that You are the Living God…the source of all they seek and all they desire. To Your Name be praise now and always. Amen!

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