Welcome and thanks for participating in day 16 of the ARISE fast and devotional blog. If you haven’t read the previous days, please go back and read them before reading todays, as these thoughts will build off of one another

 A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell 

 Have you ever heard of cell memory theory? Or perhaps you’ve seen it in a movie?

 Cell memory theory is the theory that memories can be stored inside of individual cells. Some believe that the effect of these stored memories can carry over into the memories of the transplant recipient. Practically speaking, they may remember a certain incident, experience, smell, taste or suddenly acquire a new behavior or trait from the original donor of the organ.

 Could you suddenly develop a taste for a certain food that the donor loved?

 The cell memory phenomenon, while by no means a scientific consensus, is still supported by several scientists and physicians. The behaviors and emotions acquired by the recipient from the original donor are believed to be due to the past memories stored in the neurons of the organ donated. Heart transplants are said to be the most susceptible to cell memory where organ transplant recipients experienced a change of heart. 

 In a study published in the journal of Quality of Life Research, researchers interviewed 47 patients who received a heart transplant over a period of two years in Vienna, Austria. Researchers found that 79 percent of patients did not feel that their personality changed post-surgery, 15 percent experienced a change in personality due to the life-threatening event, and six percent did confirm a drastic change in their personality due to their new heart. 

 While the scientific studies are still going on, there are also several real-life testimonies of this phenomenon. For instance, in her book A Change of Heart, Claire Sylvia, a heart transplant recipient who received the organ from an 18-year-old male that died in a motorcycle accident, reported having a craving for beer and chicken nuggets after the surgery. The heart transplant recipient also began to have reoccurring dreams about a man named “Tim” Upon searching the obituaries, Sylvia found out her donor’s name was Tim and that he particularly loved the beer and chicken nuggets she had begun craving! 

 Is cell memory theory true? Well… we’ll have to wait and see. That answer is above my pay grade…

 I do find it interesting that so many Christians expect God to suddenly and miraculously work in cell memory theory for them. While I am in no way discrediting the work of the Holy Spirit, some believers expect that God is suddenly going to implant the Bible in their hearts without them actually reading it. Or suddenly and expectantly give them a heart for the lost. Or suddenly give them an anointing to preach and a church of 3,000. Or give them a seminarian’s knowledge without the years of education.

 Some go on mission trips expecting to get on an airplane as a nominal believer and get off as a missionary. There is no magic airplane that turns people into missionaries when they land in a foreign country. The truth is, if you’re not being a missionary to your own office, neighborhood and community, you’re not suddenly going to become a missionary on a plane.

 While I have heard of cases where people are suddenly gifted to play piano, or almost instantly learn a new language, that’s definitely not the norm. God does not artificially inseminate his intelligence into us…. He expects us to work toward our callings and practice our giftings. And as we work, God blesses our faith and effort, and often accelerates our abilities.

 We may live in a microwave generation, but we serve a crock pot God. He knows the lessons we learn through perseverance will prepare us to handle the weight of the greater giftings. For most of us, if God suddenly gave us gifts through some sort of cellular memory, they would ruin us. We’re simply not ready.

 People of the movement experience a different type of cellular memory. They enjoy spending time in God’s presence, and they spend so much time there that they receive an organ donation so to speak. They receive God’s heart, God’s eyes, God’s mouth, God’s ears, and God’s mind. These new organs inspire new tastes, behaviors and character traits. They stimulate new levels of love and creativity.

 Because of the cellular memory of these new organs, people of the movement become the hands and feet of Jesus.

 So spend time with the Lord. Take on His heart, and then go hard after what He inspires. It may take time, but it will be worth it!

 JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

 Esse Quam Videri, 

 Pastor Brent

 Meditate and reflect on these verses and questions: 

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

1. What spiritual goals are you striving for? I.e. giving goals, serving goals, educational goals, reading goals, etc.

2. What steps are you taking to accomplish these goals?

3. How does perseverance help you to become “mature and complete”?

 Pray:  

 – Pray that God gives you tenacity in your Christian walk. 

 – Pray that you will be able to accomplish every goal He places in your heart. 

 – Pray that God gives you an organ transplant, and you have His heart.