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                               MY HEART CHRIST HOME TRACT
                               AUTHOR OF TRACT - ROBERT BOYD MUNGER

One evening I invited Jesus Christ into my heart. What an entrance He made! It was not a
spectacular, emotional thing, but very real. Something happened at the very center of my life. He
came into the darkness of my heart and turned on the light. He built a fire on the hearth and
banished the chill. He started music where there had been stillness, and He filled the emptiness with
His own loving, wonderful fellowship. I have never regretted opening the door to Christ and I never
will - not into eternity!

The Study - Library (Mind)

The first room was the study - the library. In my home this room of the mind is a very small room
with very thick walls, but it is a very important room. In a sense, it is the control room of the house.
He entered with me and looked around at the books in the bookcase, the magazines upon the table,
and the pictures on the wall. As I followed His gaze I became uncomfortable. Strangely, I had not
felt self-conscious about this before, but now that He was there looking at these things I was
embarrassed. Some books where there that His eyes were too pure to behold. There was a lot of
trash and literature on the table that a Christian had no business reading, and as for the pictures on
the wall - the imaginations and thoughts of the mind - some of these were shameful.

I turned to Him and said. "Master, I know that this room needs some radical alterations, Will You
help me make it what it ought to be, and bring every thought into captivity to You? "Surely! " He
said. "First of all, take all the things that you are reading and looking at which are not helpful, pure,
good and true, and throw them out. Now put on the empty shelves the books of the Bible. Fill the
library with Scripture and meditate therein day and night. As for the pictures on the wall, you will
have difficulty controlling these images, but there is an aid." He gave me a full-size portrait of
Himself. "Hang this centrally, "He said, "on the wall of the mind." I did so, and I have discovered
through the years that when my attention is centered upon Christ Himself, His purity and power
cause impure imaginings to retreat. So He has helped me to bring my thoughts into captivity.

The Dinning Room - Appetites and Desires

From the study we went into the dining room, the room of appetites and desires. I spent a good deal
of time here and put forth much effort in satisfying my wants. I said to Him. "This is a very
commodious room, and I am quite sure You will be please with what we serve." He seated Himself
at the table with me and asked, "What is on the menu for dinner? "Well, " I said, "my favorite
dishes: old bones, corn husks, sour garbage, leeks, onions, and garlic right out of Egypt." These
were the things I liked--worldly fare. When the food was placed before Him, He said nothing, but I
observed that He did not eat it. I said to Him, "Master, You don’t care for this food? What is the
trouble? He answered, "I have meat to eat that you know not of...If you want food that really
satisfies, seek the will of the Father, not your own pleasures, not your own desires, not your own
satisfactions, but seek to please me. That food will satisfy you." There at the table He gave me a
taste of the Joy of doing God’s Will. What flavor! What nourishment and vitality it gives to the
soul! There is no food like it in all the world. It alone satisfies.

The Drawing Room - Quiet Time With Jesus

From the dinning room we walked into the drawing room. This room was intimate and
comfortable. I liked it. It has a fireplace, upholstered chairs, a sofa, and a quiet atmosphere. He
said, "This is indeed a delightful room. Let us come here often. It is secluded and quiet, and we can
fellowship together. Well, as a young Christian I was thrilled. I could not think of anything I would
rather do than have a few minutes apart with Christ in intimate fellowship. He promised, "I will be
here early every morning. Meet me here, and we will start the day together."

So, morning after morning, I would come downstairs to the drawing room, or "withdrawing room,"
as I like to think of it. He would take a book of the Bible from the case. We would open it and read
together. He would tell me of its richness and unfold to me its truths. My heart warmed as He
revealed the love and grace He had toward me. These were wonderful hours. Little by little, under
the pressures of many responsibilities, the time began to be shortened. Why, I don’t know, but I
thought I was too busy to spend time with Christ. This was not intentional, you understand. It just
happened that way. Finally, not only was the time shortened, but I began to miss a day now and
then. Perhaps it was some other pressing need I was drawn to. I would miss it two days in a row
and often times more. I remember one morning when I was rushing downstairs, eager to be on my
way, that I passed the drawing room and noticed that the door was ajar. Looking in, I saw a fire in
the fireplace and the Master sitting there. Suddenly in dismay I thought to myself, "He is my guest.
I invited Him into my heart! He has come and yet I am neglecting Him." With a downcast glance, I
said "Blessed Master, forgive me. Have You been here all these mornings?" "Yes, He said. I told
you I would be here every morning to meet with you. Remember, I love you. I have redeemed you
at great cost. I desire your fellowship. Even if you cannot keep the quiet time for your own sake, do
it for mine." The truth that Christ desires my companionship, that He wants me to be with Him and
waits for me, has done more to transform my quiet time with God than any other single factor.
Don’t let Christ wait alone in the drawing room of your heart, but every day find time, when, with
your Bible and in prayer, you may have fellowship with Him.

The Workshop - Working for the Kingdom

Before long, He asked, "Do you have a workshop in your home? Down in the basement of the
home of my heart I had a bench and some equipment, but I was not doing much with it. Once in a
while I would go down and fuss around with a few little gadgets, but I wasn't producing anything
substantial. I led Him down there. He looked over the workbench and said, "Well, this is quite well
furnished. What are you producing with your life for the Kingdom of God? He looked at one or two
little toys that I had thrown together on the bench. He held one up to me and said, "Are these little
toys all that you are producing in your Christian life?

"Would you like to do better?" He asked. "Certainly," I replied. "All right. Let me have your hands.
Now relax in me and let my Spirit work through you. I know that you are clumsy and awkward, but
the Holy Spirit is the Master Workman, and if He controls your hands and your heart, He will work
through you. "Stepping around behind me and putting His great, strong hands under mine, holding
the tools in His skilled fingers, He began to work through me. The more I relaxed and trusted Him,
the more He was able to do with my life. Before long, He asked, "Do you have a workshop in your
home? Down in the basement of the home of my heart I had a bench and some equipment, but I
was not doing much with it. Once in a while I would go down and fuss around with a few little
gadgets, but I wasn't producing anything substantial.

I led Him down there. He looked over the workbench and said, "Well, this is quite well furnished.
What are you producing with your life for the Kingdom of God? He looked at one or two little toys
that I had thrown together on the bench. He held one up to me and said, "Are these little toys all
that you are producing in your Christian life? "Would you like to do better?" He asked. "Certainly,"
I replied. "All right. Let me have your hands. Now relax in me and let my Spirit work through you.
I know that you are clumsy and awkward, but the Holy Spirit is the Master Workman, and if He
controls your hands and your heart, He will work through you. "Stepping around behind me and
putting His great, strong hands under mine, holding the tools in His skilled fingers, He began to
work through me. The more I relaxed and trusted Him, the more He was able to do with my life.

The Rumpus Room or Playroom - Activities & Associations

He asked me if I had a playroom. I was hoping He would not ask about this. There were certain
associations and friendships, activities, and amusements that I wanted to keep for myself. One
evening when I was leaving to join some college companions, He stopped me with a glance and
asked, "Are you going out this evening?" I replied, "Yes," rather awkwardly, " I don’t think, Lord
Jesus, that You would really want to go with me. Let’s go out tomorrow night. Tomorrow night we
will go to prayer meeting, but tonight I have another appointment." I’m sorry," He said, "I thought
that when I came into your home, we were going to do everything together, to be partners. I want
you to know that I am willing to go with you." Well, I mumbled, slipping out the door, "we will go
some place tomorrow night." That evening I spent some miserable hours. I felt wretched. What
kind of friend was I to Christ when I was deliberately leaving Him out of my associations, doing
things and going places that I know very well He would not enjoy? When I returned that evening,
there was a light in His room, and I went up to talk it over with Him. I said, "Lord, I have learned
my lesson. I cannot have a good time without You. We will do everything together." Then we went
down to the rumpus room of the house and He transformed it. He brought new friends into my life,
new satisfactions, and new and lasting joys. Laughter and music have been ringing through the
house ever since.

The Hall Closet - Hidden Sins

On day I found Him waiting for me at the door. There was an arrested look in His eye, and He said
to me as I entered. "There is a peculiar odor in the house. Something is dead around here. It's
upstairs. I'm sure it is in the closet." As soon as He said the words, I knew what He was talking
about. Yes, there was a small hall closet up there on the landing, just a few feet square. In that
closet, behind lock and key, I had one or two little personal things that I did not want Christ to see.
I knew they were dead and rotting things, and I wanted them so for myself that I was afraid to
admit they were there. I went up with Him, and as we mounted the stairs the odor became stronger
and stronger. He pointed to the door. I was angry. That's the only way I can put it. I had given Him
access to the library, the dining room, the drawing room, the workshop, the rumpus room, and now
He was asking me about a little two-by-four closet. I sad inwardly, "This is too much. I am not
going to give Him the key." Said He, reading my thoughts, "If you think I'm going to stay up here
on the second floor with this odor, you are mistaken. I will go out on the porch." I saw Him start
down the stairs. My resistance collapsed. When one comes to know and love Christ, the worst thing
that can happen is to sense His companionship withdrawing. I had to surrender. I'll give You the
key," I said sadly, but You will have to open the closet and clean it out. I haven't the strength to do
it."

COMPLETE OWNERSHIP

With trembling fingers I passed the key to Him. He took it, walked over to the door, opened it,
entered, took out all the putrefying stuff that was rotting there, and threw it away. Then He cleaned
the closet and painted it. It was done in a moment's time. Oh, what victory and release to have that
dead thing out of my life!

A thought came to me. "Lord, is there any chance that You would take over the management of the
whole house and operate it for me as You did that closet? Would You take the responsibility to
keep my life what it ought to be?

His face lighted up as He replied, "Certainly, that is what I want to do. You cannot be a victorious
Christian in your own strength. Let me do it through you and for you. That is the way. But, "He
added slowly, "I am just a guest. I have no authority to proceed, since the property is not mine."

Dropping to my knees, I said, "Lord, You have been a guest and I have been the host. From now on
I am going to be the servant. You are going to be the Lord. "Running as fast as I could to the
strongbox, I took out the title deed to the house describing its properties, assets, and liabilities. I
eagerly signed the house over to Him alone for time and eternity. "Here," I said. "Here it is, all that
I am and have, forever. Now you run the house. I'll just remain with You as a servant and friend.
Things are different since Jesus Christ has settled down and has made His home in my heart.



                                               LESSON

                             MAKING YOUR HEART CHRIST’S HOME



 I.   THE MIND NEEDS TO BE RENEWED
       A.    THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MIND:
               1.   INFLUENCES THE HEART - HEART CONTROLS THE BODY

                     a.    PROVERBS 4:23 - KEEP THY HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE
                             1.   (DILIGENCE - CAREFUL/INDUSTRIOUS - WORKING HARD AND STEADILY)
       B.    THE CARNAL MIND:

               1.   ROM 8/6-7 - CARNAL MIND IS NOT SUBJECT UNTO GOD*
       C.    THE CORRUPTION OF THE MIND - EPH 4:17-24:

               1.   THE MIND IS THE BATTLE GROUND

                     a.    EPH 6:12 - SPIRITUAL WARFARE
                     b.    I PET 2:5 - THE DEVIL AS A ROARING LION
                     c.    ST. JN 10:10 - THE ENEMY CAME TO STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY
                             1.   THROUGH R ELATIONSHIPS & C ARES OF THIS LIFE
               2.   IMPURE IMAGINATIONS DERIVED FROM : WHAT WE SEE, HEAR:
                     a.    REPENT - CHANGE OF HEART & MIND
       D.    JESUS COMES INTO THE HEART TO MAKE A CHANGE:

               1.   PHIL 2:5 - LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU
               2.   2 COR 5:17 - IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST
               3.   ISA 55:8 - MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS , NEITHER ARE YOUR WAYS

               4.   PRO 3:5-6 – LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING
       E.    JESUS CAME TO RENEW OUR MINDS/ OUR MINDS ARE RENEWED BY THE WORD OF GOD:

               1.   ROM 12:1-2 BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD BUT BE YE TRANSFORMED
               2.   MATT 11:29 - JESUS SAID TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN OF ME
             3.   JOSHUA 1:8 - THIS BOOK OF LAW SHALL NOT DEPART OUT OF THY MOUTH
                  BUT
             4.   THE WORD OF GOD IS ABLE TO TRANSFORM
                   a.    HEB 4:12 - THE WORD OF GOD IS QUICK AND POWERFUL*
                   b.    PRO 4:20-23 - INCLINE THINE EAR UNTO MY SAYINGS*


II.   DESIRES & APPETITES
      A.    JESUS WANTS US TO DINE WITH HIM     - HE GIVES US INSTRUCTIONS:
             1.   REV 3:20 - BEHOLD I STAND AT THE DOOR - IF ANY OPEN THE DOOR
             2.   MATT 16:24 - IF ANY MAN COME AFTER ME - LET HIM DENY
             3.   I JOHN 2:15-17 - LOVE NOT THE WORLD NEITHER THE THINGS THAT ARE IN
                  THE WORLD
             4.   COL 3: 2- SET YOUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THE EARTH
             5.   I PETER 2:2 - AS NEW BORN BABES, DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK THAT YOU
                  MAY GROW THEREBY
       B.   DESIRE TO PLEASE GOD
             1.   II TIM 2:15 - STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD
             2.   ROM 12:2 - RENEW THE MIND THAT YE MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD &
                  ACCEPTABLE AND PLEASING UNTO GOD.
             3.   HEB 11:6 - BUT WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD
             4.   ROM 10:17 - FAITH COMETH BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF
                  GOD.
      C.    GOD WILL NOT FULFILL OUR DESIRE, UNTIL WE FULFILL HIS
             1.   MATT 6:33 - SEEK YE FIRST - THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS
                   a.    ROM 14:17 - KINGDOM, PEACE, JOY & RIGHTEOUSNESS
             2.   PSALM 37:4 - DELIGHT THYSELF IN THE LORD AND HE SHALL GIVE THEE THE
                  DESIRES OF THINE HEART.
             3.   PSALM 37:5 - COMMIT THY WAY UNTO THE LORD, TRUST ALSO IN HIM AND
                  HE SHALL BRING IT TO PASS.
 I.   QUIET TIME - (INTIMATE TIME REQUIRED TO BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP)
A.   WE DRAW NEAR UNTO GOD AND HE DRAWS NEAR UNTO US THROUGH TIME
     ALONE
      1.   JAMES 4:8 - DRAW NEAR UNTO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR
      2.   MATT 15:8 - THESE PEOPLE DRAW NEAR WITH THEIR LIPS BUT THEIR HEARTS

B.   QUIET TME SHOULD CONSIST OF DEVOTION:
      1.   SINGING, PRAYING, PRAISING & WORSHIPING, THANSGIVING
             a.   EPH 5:19-25 SPEAKING TO YOURSELVES IN PSALMS & HYMNS
             b.   JOHN 4:23 - THE TRUE WORSHIPPERS WORSHIP ME IN SPIRIT & IN TRUTH

             c.   THANKING GOD FOR WHO HE IS - WILL LIFT EVERY BURDEN .

                   1.     (USE THE NAMES OF GOD IN WORSHIP AND PRAISE)
C.   THE ESSENCE OF EARLY IN MORNING DEVOTION WITH JESUS:
      1.   MINDS ARE FRESH 2. PREPARE FOR THE BATTLE OF THE DAY
      2.   PSALM 5:3 - MY VOICE SHALL THY HEAR IN THE MORNING
D.   QUIET TIME SHOULD BE EVERYDAY IN A SOLITUDE PLACE
      1.   UNDIVIDED ATTENTION 2. UNDISTURBED TIME
      2.   PSALMS 92:1-2 - IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD AND TO SING

           PRAISED UNTO THY NAME O MOST HIGH TO SHEW FORTH THY LOVING
           KINDNESS IN THE MORNING AND THY FAITHFULNESS EVERY NIGHT.
E.   OUR MINDS AND OUR STRENGTH IS RENEWED IN PRAYER:

      1.   MINDS STRENGTHENED:
             a.   MATT 11:28 - COME UNTO ME, ALL YE THAT LABOR AND ARE HEAVY
                  LADEN   & I WILL GIVE THEE REST.
             b.   PHIL 4:6-7 - BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING BUT IN ALL THINGS BY PRAY
             c.   ISAIAH 26:3 - THY WILL KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND
             d.   MATT 11:29 - TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN OF ME.

                   1.     JESUS TEACHES US IN OUR PRIVATE TIME WITH HIM BY REVEALING TRUTH AS
                          IT RELATES TO OUR CURRENT SITUATION AS WE MEDITATE ON THE WORD .

      2.   STRENGTH RENEWED - STRENGTH TO WAIT:
             a.   THEY THAT WAIT UPON THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH
      3.   PSALM 121:1 - I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILLS FROM WHICH
              4.   PSALMS 27/13-14 - I HAD FAINTED UNLESS I HAD BELIEVED TO SEE
        F.   THE POWER OF PRAYING IN AGREEMENT WITH GOD’S WORD:

              1.   JAMES 5:16 - THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH.
 II.   THE WORKSHOP (OUR QUIET TIME WITH JESUS IS GODS WORKSHOP):
       WORKING FOR THE KINGDOM -   VESSELS UNTO GLORY:
        A.   JESUS DESIRES THAT WE GLORIFY THE FATHER:
              1.   MATT 5:16 – LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN THAT THEY MIGHT SEE
              2.   ST. JOHN 9:4 – I MUST WORK WHILE IT IS DAY, WHEN THE NIGHT COMETH
        B.   MUST ABIDE IN CHRIST IN ORDER TO GLORIFY GOD:
              1.   JOHN 15:1-8 - ABIDING IN CHRIST – Q UIET TIME WITH JESUS
              2.   GAL 5:22 – THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY , PEACE, LONGSUFFERING
        C.   GOD USES THOSE WHO PRAYS, STUDY & MEDITATES IN HIS WORD:
              1.   PHIL 2:13 – FOR IT IS GOD THAT WORKETH INYOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO
              2.   PHIL 4:13 – I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHENS ME.
              3.   PHIL 1:6 - BEING CONFIDENT OF THIS VERY THING, THAT HE WHICH HATH BEGUN A GOOD
                   WORK IN YOU WILL PERFORM IT UNTIL THE DAY OF JESUS CHRIST :

        D.   WHEN THE MASTER IS GLORIFIED, THE SERVANT IS SATISFIED:

              1.   PSALMS 1:3 - BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT WALKETH NOT IN THE COUNSEL OF THE
                   UNGODLY NOR STANDETH IN THE WAY - HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY



III.   THE PLAY ROOM - ACTIVITIES & ASSOCIATIONS
        A.   CENTER YOUR ACTIVITIES AROUND CHRIST
              1.   I COR 10:31 – WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED       DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

              2.   II COR 6:14 - BE YE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS
              3.   II COR 6:17 - COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATED
              4.   EPH 5:11 - AND HAVE NO FELLOWSHIP WITH THE UNFRUITFUL WORKS OF DARKNESS,
        B.   DONT’T GIVE PLACE TO THE DEVIL:
              1.   PRO 6:27 - CAN A MAN PUT FIRE IN HIS BOSOM AND HIS CLOTHES NOT BE BURNT
        C.   THE DEVIL KNOWS WHAT YOU WANT:
             1.   MATT 7:15 - BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS , WHICH COME TO YOU IN SHEEP 'S CLOTHING, BUT
                  INWARDLY THEY ARE RAVENING WOLVES.OF FALSE PROPHETS WHICH COME TO YOU IN

                  SHEEP CLOTHING

             2.   MATT 7:-16 - YE SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS.
IV.   THE HALL CLOSET - HIDDEN SINS - IF WE GIVE HIM CONTROL OVER THE STUDY, DINNING ROOM,

      DRAWING ROOM AND WORKSHOP, WE WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM HERE:

       A.   NO LONGER IS THERE   AN EXCUSE FOR PRESUMPTIOUS SIN :
             1.   DON’T BE DECEIVED:
                    a.   GAL 6:7-8 - BE NOT DECEIVED, GOD IS NOT MOCKED, FOR
                         WHATSOEVER
                   b.    EXCUSE - ST. JOHN 15:22 - IF I HAD NOT SPOKEN TO YOU THEN YOU WOULD HAVE

                         HAD A CLOAK FOR YOUR SINS
                    c.   I JOHN 1:6-7 - IF WE SAY WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP & WALK IN DARKNESS, WE LIE
                         AND DO NOT THE TRUTH
             2.   FIRST STEP TO DELIVERANCE IS CONFESSION:
                    a.   1 JOHN 1:9 - IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US
                         AND CLEANS US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
             3.   SECOND STEP IS TO BE REMORSEFUL SORRY AND CRY OUT FOR
                  DELIVERANCE
                    a.   JAMES 4:9 - BE AFFLICTED , AND MOURN, AND WEEP: LET YOUR LAUGHTER BE

                         TURNED TO MOURNING, AND YOUR JOY TO HEAVINESS.

                   b.    JAMES 4:10 - H UMBLE YOURSELVES IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, AND HE SHALL
                         LIFT YOU UP .

             4.   GOD WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO BE TEMPTED ABOVE THAT YE CAN BEAR.
                    a.   I COR 10:13 - THERE HATH NO TEMPTATION TAKEN YOU BUT SUCH AS IS COMMON
                         TO MAN, BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL NOT TO SUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTED
                         ABOVE THAT YE ARE ABLE TO BEAR, BUT WILL WITH THE
                         TEMPTATION ALSO MAKE A WAY TO ESCAPE THAT YE MAY BE ABLE
                         TO BEAR IT.
                   b.    JAMES 21:12 - BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT ENDURETH TEMPTATION
      c.   1 PET 5:10 - AFTER THAT YE HAVE SUFFERED A WHILE, MAKE YOU PERFECT,
           STABLISH, STRENGTHEN, SETTLE YOU.

      d.   MATT 26:4 - WATCH AND PRAY THAT YOU ENTER NOT INTO TEMPTATION

      e.   ROM 6:10-14 - SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU
5.   JESUS IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM SINNING
      a.   J UDE 1:24 - JESUS IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING
      b.   GAL 6:9 - BE NOT WEARY IN WELL DOING FOR IN DUE SEASON YE
           SHALL REAP THE WORD IN YOUR HEART
      c.   JOHN 8:32 - YE SHALL NO THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE
           YOU FREE

								
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