Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Is your heart stedfast?

"Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

How long, O men, will you turn My glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?

Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.

In you anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.

Many are asking, who can show us any good?
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.

You have filled my heart with greater joy.
than when their grain and new wine abound.

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4

Is there a gap between what you know in your head and what you feel in your heart?

Is there a connection between your head and your heart?

Did you know that it is not what goes into you that defiles the person?

It is what comes out of you.

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

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, so we need to be concerned about our hearts, about what is going on inside us.

Do the habits of your heart make a difference in your actions?

The inner man is very significant, we need to guard our hearts.

What ultimately matters from God's perspective is what is going on inside our hearts.

We live in a society today where external image is highly valued.

We must needs be reminded that what ultimately matters to God, is what is going on in our hearts.

We also need to be concerned about our hearts, and what is going on the inside of our heart.

So, is the image you portray true or not?

Are you always explaining why you have done this or that?

It really matters to God the heart of man.

Man is interested in externals, but God is interested in internals.

The children of Israel insisted on having a king, an external leader.

God was/is much more into theocracy than monarchy.

God eventually told Samuel he could go ahead and find a king for the children of Israel.

Saul, was the first king Samuel anointed.

Eventually Saul was rejected by God.

God warned Samuel don't look on the outside, look at the inside.

"But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

We tend to think of the heart as the center of our emotions and feelings.

The Bible talks about the heart as the center of the will, center of the mind, and center of the emotions.

The heart discerns the mind, it discerns with the emotions, and is decides with the will.

Because of our fallen nature our hearts are less than perfect.

We find ourselves confusing truth and error tainted by pride, and a desire for what is inappropriate.

We may want desperately to do something even though we know that God has advised against it.

We are affected by sin, so that at times we choose not to do what deep down we know we ought to do.

We have a problem with the heart.

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23

God alone knows the heart of man.

We need to learn how to deny our own desires to find out God's desire.

We need to learn how to deny our will to find out God's will.

We need to die to self will, take up our cross and follow after God.

We need not shout it out to those around us, for you will know a man/woman after God's heart by the very life they live, and what kind fruit they bear.

Is your heart steadfast?

Can you say in the midst of all calamity your heart will stay fixed on God?

Do you do the right thing cause you want God's name to be honored?

Doing the right thing even when know one is looking is called integrity.

Do you have integrity?

Do you second guess yourself or do you stick with the decision in which has been made?

When we cry out or say...

God we want you to be glorified in the midst of this calamity, in some incredible way, be glorified. Lord, do something that is only going to be attributed to divine intervention. Let those around me, even those critics, those that are cynical, can only say that God could have fixed this thing.

When you say that you are saying that you are going to stick with God through hell or high water.

God is the only one we can depend on.

In the midst of our distress, we can live a life of trust and praise.

So, I ask again, do you have a steadfast heart?

A heart that is firmly fixed in place, not subject to change, firm in belief, forever faithful.

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19

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