HEART FAITH, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 5/4/20 From Ken<><
Today’s Scripture (Found in my e-mails this morning from Texas.)
“…The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9, NLT)
It’s the Heart That Matters
When Jesus chose His twelve disciples, He didn’t choose people who had it all together. He didn’t choose the Pharisees, who kept all the religious rules, prayed at the right time, and gave what was required but whose hearts were not right. He chose people who had lots of flaws, who came out of dysfunction and weren’t raised in a religious environment. Man looks on the outside, at the performance, the credentials, the background, but God looks beyond all that. He knows it’s the heart that matters. He chose those whose hearts were committed to Him.
God is not looking for people who have a perfect performance. He’s looking for people who desire to please Him. Your behavior, attitude, and character may need some improvement, but just as with the disciples, God is saying, “I know your heart is sincere; your heart is set to do the right thing. So I’m going to show Myself strong in your life.”
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can come to You with an open and willing heart. Search me and know me. I struggle and make mistakes, and there is so much I need to improve on in my character, but my heart is committed to You. Show Yourself strong in my life today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Actually God is looking for honesty in truthfully evaluating ourselves. Honest souls can be redeemed and fixed. But the Actors, the hypocrites don’t even know who they are as they have no level or plum bob of respect for the truth. My mother was a hairstylist in Hollywood and I got to go on the sets when young and meet the actors sometimes. One particular time I saw two actors greet one another like Loving long lost family members and when they moved on one of them turned to another actor and totally trashed and gutted the friend to this other actor. And this was the norm, no honor or truth at all just silly putty to be made, whatever. They just went from playing one part and then another until there was no one left at home worth knowing. Matt. 6 & 15
I have often considered how Christ Jesus chose his disciples from being fishermen to becoming fishers of souls. There are unique parallels in both worlds. And Jesus did not call a learned man to assist HIM until he established the balance of heart then head. His fishermen were all heart, Paul came later from being all head. What a great mix we now have in our New Testament between John and Paul. So too, those of us who are called to serve HIM may find it a bit difficult in the beginning with new Christian relationships. And it is easier to fracture and divide than find unity. The sorry part of division is that always the good truth that both had available in the union is no longer balanced and available. So we have many divisions. If you study through the 17th Chapter of John’s gospel you will find that the primary concern of Christ Jesus was that we, as HIS disciples would find HIS loving, honest and unity/balance. In fact, no unity, no power. John 17:20-22. 2 Tim. 3:5 . In Paul’s really great letter to the Church at Corinth he first lists our qualifications as follows:
For it is written, I will baffle and render useless and destroy the learning of the learned and the philosophy of the philosophers and the cleverness of the clever and the discernment of the discerning; I will frustrate and nullify [them] and bring [them] to nothing. 20 Where is the wise man (the philosopher)? Where is the scribe (the scholar)? Where is the investigator (the logician, the debater) of this present time and age? Has not God shown up the nonsense and the folly of this world’s wisdom? 21 For when the world with all its earthly wisdom failed to perceive and recognize and know God by means of its own philosophy, God in His wisdom was pleased through the foolishness of preaching [salvation, procured by Christ and to be had through Him], to save those who believed (who clung to and trusted in and relied on Him). 22 For while Jews [demandingly] ask for signs and miracles and Greeks pursue philosophy and wisdom, 23 We preach Christ (the Messiah) crucified, [preaching which] to the Jews is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block [that springs a snare or trap], and to the Gentiles it is absurd and utterly unphilosophical nonsense. 24 But to those who are called, whether Jew or Greek (Gentile), Christ [is] the Power of God and the Wisdom of God. 25 [This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men. 26 For [simply] consider your own call, brethren; not many [of you were considered to be] wise according to human estimates and standards, not many influential and powerful, not many of high and noble birth. 27 [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. 28 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are, 29 So that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of God. 30 But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin]. 31 So then, as it is written, Let him who boasts and proudly rejoices and glories, boast and proudly rejoice and glory in the Lord. 1 Cor. 1:17-31 (So we all seem to be qualified, really got good mileage with this from Hippies, lots of laughter…. They were really honest.) If you have not deeply considered this, you are really missing out as your name is on God’s list as qualified. Every soul that God has created has been designed to assist Him in some way in creating HIS New Kingdom of Rightiousness.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org
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Todays News in Brief:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he has seen “enormous evidence” indicating the coronavirus pandemic originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. A majority of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s 17 spy agencies believe the coronavirus likely originated with an accidental lab escape from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, a senior intelligence official told the Washington Examiner. China has refused to cooperate with the World Health Organizations’ efforts to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, a WHO official told Sky News. firstname.lastname@example.org