HEART FAITH, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 12/26/19, (Across my desk this morning from Joel.)
|“…I will walk within my house with a perfect heart…” (Psalm 101:2, NKJV)|
|Perfect Toward Him|
This time of year, people often take time to reflect and set goals for the new year. But have you ever set “perfection” as a goal on your list? Now, that may seem a little strange or unobtainable to many, but really, in God’s eyes perfection isn’t about performance. In fact, it isn’t about behavior at all. What God is looking for is a heart that is perfect toward Him. Scripture says that man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart. That means that He is more pleased with someone who has a heart toward Him who may mess up than He is with someone doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons. The condition of your heart is extremely important to God. When you have a right heart, you are humble before Him. You seek His ways. You get up each day with a desire to please Him. You submit every area of your life to Him, and you are willing to make adjustments and receive correction so you can grow and come up higher. As you prepare for the coming year, make knowing Him your number one priority. Yield yourself to Him and let Him shape your character. Serve Him with all your might and let your heart be perfect toward Him!
|A Prayer for Today|
|“Father in heaven, thank You for all of Your blessings in my life. I declare today that You are good and thank You for Your mercy. I set my heart and mind on You and ask that You have Your way in me. Help me to love You perfectly and keep me close to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”|
Could not have said it better. Christ Jesus spent a lot of time teaching about our “heart” our subconscious, the place where we are really real, the place of our soul. There are 160 verses in the New Testament and 724 verses in the Old Testament concerning our heart. The heart is somewhat like an ice berg. Our conscious mind is the 1/7 above the water and the heart is the 6/7 below the water. Much of what we say comes out of our mind and we can be talking just to see what it sounds like with no commitment as to the truth at all. For many even being a Christian is really somewhat like belonging to a bridge club, nationality or of environmental conditioning.
Jesus taught us: “For where your treasure is, there will your be also.” Matt.6:21, “Blessed are the pure in : for they shall see God.” Matt.5:8, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy , and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Matt.22:37, “A good man out of the good treasure of his bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your s be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” Luke 21:34, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your be troubled, neither let it be afraid.“John 14:27, ““ Rom.10: 9-10.
The little books of James and Jude are great also in training the heart as to what is GOD’S TRUTH. I like listening to the New Testament in my truck while driving. Usually our hearts are initially filled with the junk of this world from Adam and seriously needs to be replaced with the TRUTH of the Word of God. This means that we need to saturate our mind many many times (what ever it takes) to change our heart into believing what we know to be God’s truth. The mind is the gateway to the heart. The conscious mind is very flexible but the heart can be like stone and difficult to change. And especially to agree with God’s Truth in humility. One time I remember going though the process and it was like a very serious hard drive crash. The erroneous issue that needed God’s Truth were so woven into so many facets of my thinking that it trashed all kinds of stone work in my mind. Knocked some big holy holes into my heart library and I gained a great deal of freedom, That was back in 1967. Sure benefited from GOD’S Truth that finally got through to my heart. God’s Truth sets us FREE!!!!!
Yours in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org
Let God’s Light Shine:
D. L. Moody told the story of a man who was crossing the Atlantic by ship. He was terribly sick and confined to his cabin. One night he heard the cry “Man overboard!” He felt that there was nothing he could do to help, but at second thought, he said to himself, “I guess I can at least put my lantern in the porthole.” He struggled to his feet and hung the light so it shined out into the darkness. The next day he learned that the person who was rescued said, “I was going down in the dark night for the last time, when someone put a light in a porthole. As it shone on my hand, a sailor in a lifeboat grabbed it and pulled me in.” All of us have weaknesses — and times of weakness. The fact of the matter is, though, that weak or not, we need to muster up the strength to put our lights in our portholes for the sake of the dying and the lost among us. It’s so tempting to sulk in our weaknesses, and stay in our beds — but God expects more of us. He has given us the strength to do all things — even move mountains! There are so many people around us sinking in despair. But God has chosen us to reach out and light up their lives!
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