I pray that you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the extra day off yesterday. Today, don’t forget to join others in prayer for Hyland Heights, for God to work His will out in our lives and in the life of our church. Pray for a spiritual awakening and revival among us that He will draw us closer to Himself and to one another.
I was listening to a Josh Wilson song this morning and I was intrigued by the phrase, “At times I feel like I have two hearts in one chest”. What he was saying is a direct reflection of the seventh chapter of Romans where Paul confesses his dilemma, “the good that I want to do I don’t do, and the wrong that I don’t want to do I find myself doing”. Wilson’s song embodies that conflict that we all deal with when the flesh battles the spirit within us.

Take encouragement first in knowing that you are not alone in this battle and second that Paul gives us a way to fight this battle of two hearts in one chest.

Paul’s secret to win this battle within? Romans 7:24-25, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” In other words the way to deal with this conflict is through Jesus. He is our strength and through Him we win this ongoing battle between the flesh and Spirit. Today know that yes there will be temptations, and yes the flesh will war against the Spirit within you, yet remember always, “Greater is He within you than he that is in the world”, and also that “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. As Paul also told us, “walk in the Spirit and you won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh”. So today walk in Him and win the battle of two hearts in one chest.
Don’t forget to pray for Becky Rivers as she starts her regime of chemotherapy and radiation. Tough days are ahead for her and Steve but our God is able. Also going through the cancer battle is Doris Morris – she’s finished her chemo so pray for her body to recover and grow stronger.
Be blessed,

Pastor Carl