“Our Hearts”

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“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

Our hearts are considered to be the very center of our being. It is the seat of our emotions, cares, and love for those around us. It is in our hearts that we make some of the toughest choices in life. What we think and what we carry will guide the heart or prohibit certain paths of travel.

But sometimes, our hearts can carry even more than we know, more than we can see, feel, or are aware of. Knowing this, David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), invited God to take a closer look at his own heart. He opened himself, no holds barred, for God to do exploratory surgery in every crevice of that bodily member that lies at the center of our being.

How bold of him, you may think. For some, there may be things that they don’t want to be touched. But for David, his greatest joy was his relationship with God. And, his end purpose of inviting God’s holy inspection was to be led “in the way everlasting.” He wanted nothing getting in the way of that, and neither should we.

If God were to knock on the door of your heart today, would you invite Him in to take a closer look? There is nothing there that He doesn’t already know. Like Adam and Eve hiding in the Garden on that revealing day of the Fall, His probing “Where art thou?” (Genesis 3:9) isn’t because He doesn’t know, but that we may become aware of our position in Him. It is only then that we can correct any waywardness as David sought to when he earnestly prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10).

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

“I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.” Psalm 32:5

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” Proverbs 21:2

“As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.” Proverbs 27:19

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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“Rejoice in It!”

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“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Yes, right now. Even this early, as the day is beginning, rejoice in it. Even as the sun has just begun to peek over the horizon and the birds are beginning their morning melody, rejoice. Even if you stand at the start of this day, not knowing what will happen, or how it will end, rejoice!

The Father has seen fit to bless us with the gift of today, and although we may not know the how’s and what’s that will come our way, or the answer to everything we will face, our Heavenly Father does, and the call to rejoice in this new day is a call to trust Him with everything that follows.

The circumstances of the varied days we face may change, but our God is immutable in character and promise (Psalm 33:11; Hebrews 6:17-18) and it is His Holy Word that declares, “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me . . .” (Psalm 138:8). Therefore, my hope rests in the Lord and what He is doing in me and through me this day. My rejoicing is based on God, and not on the usual markers of a good or bad day.

So, rejoice, my friend. Let yourself experience the release, the peace, and the welcoming newness of this day. It may not be perfect in our eyes, but then again, we don’t see things as the Father does, so we walk forward into today, holding on to His hand and with His promises in our hearts, we are choosing to trust Him with the outcome.

Oh, Lord, I really don’t know what’s going to happen with this day or what it will altogether look like, but I bless Your name, and I am thankful for the gift and the grace of this new day. Even if it hasn’t started the way I had envisioned or hoped for, I am claiming the start of this new day to be the seat of all that You have in store for me. Not what the circumstances say, or what people may say, but what You have said and declared over this day. Therefore, I am rejoicing in it!

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Take Away the Stone

“Jesus said, Take ye away the stone . . .” John 11:39

Their loved one has been dead for four days.  They sent for Jesus while he was just sick, but Jesus spoke without wavering: “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby” (John 11:4). Therefore, the Bible tells us He waited and didn’t immediately run to Lazarus’ side.

Now, He has arrived at the place of grief.  Acceptance of the situation has taken over and the loved ones and the people gathered there responded as any would.  Mary and Martha cried.  They mourned.  And much of what they were feeling, they probably couldn’t understand themselves.

The scene was heart-wrenching and troubling and now Jesus asked what seemed to some to be an unreasonable request: “Take ye away the stone.”

Unreasonable? Not in the least.

What Jesus was asking for was permission to gain access to the problem.

There are steps of faith and participation Jesus asks His followers to take. If you remember, back in 2 Chronicles 20:17, the people were told to get battle-ready and go out against the people even though they would not need to fight in that particular battle.  We are responsible for activating our faith in Him by following through on His requests even if it seems irrational or unreasonable.

God does not move according to our timetable.  Nor, does He move in ways that we think are right or not.  In fact, His ways of thinking and His plans are far out of our reach of human understanding (Isaiah 55:8-9).  And when He’s ready to move, we need to be ready to move.

By removing the stone they would not only be giving Jesus access to Lazarus, but they were giving Him access to their faith. When one opens their faith they give Jesus a chance to speak life into that place and do the impossible.

Many of us have areas where we could use a touch from Jesus.  Areas that need life spoken into them.

Stones, or blockades of any kind, act as hindrances to the miracles and moving of our Lord.  Are there stones in the way of you receiving something from Jesus?  Does He have full access to your life and faith?

Earlier, Jesus spoke, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  Jesus’ objective is and has always been to give life.  Life here, and life for all eternity.  Take away the stones and give Jesus unobstructed access to your life.

Blessings ~

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Trusting God With the Path I Travel Today

Trust God with the path I travel today. Even if we don’t have all the answers. Even if we don’t know exactly which way to turn in dealing with this or that, God, I put my trust in You. Your ways are higher than mine. Your wisdom is greater than mine. Your plans are better than mine. I trust You with this moment, this hour, and this day. I put it all in Your mighty and more than capable hands. You are our steadfast hope and our confidence blessed confidence. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray, AMEN!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6

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Every Living Second…

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Every living second, we need You, O God. There is not a moment; there is not a breath that we take where we can say we don’t need You. There is not a minute or an hour that we face in which we can say we are satisfied and don’t need You.

That time does not now, nor never will exist, for in You, O God, “we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

You are the source of our life and our strength, for “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him” (1 Corinthians 8:6).

You are the foundation and Creator of all living. For we know that “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Colossians 1:16).

The breath we breathe is the breath that comes from You, for Job declares, “The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life” (33:4). It is You, O God, who “giveth to all life, and breath” to all things (Acts 17:25).

The life we live is the life You have blessed us to enjoy, for it is You that has “granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit” (Job 10:12).

There is not a moment when we can say we’ve got this and no longer need You, for every living second above ground, and even in the time to come, we need You! Therefore, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).

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“Bless the LORD, O my soul!”

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When you look back over your life and the paths you have traveled, do you see God’s hands in the steps you have taken?  Do you see how He has held you?  How He has raised you?  How He has saved you? 

Do you see the times when the way was confusing, and darkness covered the way?  Do you see the mess-ups, the missteps, and the stumbling?  Do you see how He brought you back, dusted you off, and made you new from the inside out? 

Do you see how He never gave up on you?

In all of that, did you realize your preciousness to Him?

Did you understand the high price He offered for you?  Did you see His love for the pure delight in you that it is? 

Father God, You are our praise!  Our worship for You!  You are the reason we rejoice today.  You are the reason we are here.

You are the One who has blessed us.  You are the One who has forgiven us.  You are the One who has redeemed us.  You are the One who has kept us day by day.

Our praise is of You!

You are our portion, our God, our King, and our Heavenly Father!  It is Your name we glorify.  It is You in whom we boast.  It is Your holy name that we praise!  “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name,” (Psalm 103:1).

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