Saturday, April 30, 2011

“The Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you.” - 1 Chronicles 28:9

This is the verse that really struck me this morning as I am working through David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His by Beth Moore. After going back to my Bible to look it up, I am even more stunned. Here is the verse, in its entirety in the Amplified version.

“And you, Solomon, my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever!”
Did you know that some people are able to literally (in their mind) step outside themselves and view themselves as a third party would and see their own intentions. This ability can be clouded by past experiences and by self-confidence or a lack thereof. Actually, the truth of the matter is, that while some are predisposed to do this, we are all capable, but to truthfully step outside of ourselves and see the reality of our intentions and purposes – we have to seek the Lord. He understands “every motive behind [our] thoughts” and every “wandering” of our thoughts, so in relationship with our God we are also able to see this truth too.

Are you afraid of what you might find?

In Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” (found in Matthew chapters 5, 6, & 7) He outlines what the blessed life looks like and what a follower of God should look like, and if we are honest we all fall short. Romans 3:23 says we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But we have hope in Jesus’ sermon in Mathew 6:33, “But seek (aim and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” (AMP)

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!” –Matt. 5:8

“If you are offering a gift at the altar (to God) and remember that your brother has a grievance against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift.” (vs.24)

“Let your ‘Yes’ be simply ‘Yes’, and your ‘No’ be simply ‘No’; anything more than that comes from the evil one.” (vs. 37)

“You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy, but I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (vs.44)

“Take care not to do your good deeds publically or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [reserved and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven.” –Matt. 6:1

These verses stand out in my heart as relational purity – pure intentions toward others, but in our humanity we are often selfish and transactionally-minded (I know that I just made up a word…it means that we are minds are often directed toward what our gains or losses will be in interactions instead of what glorifies God). We will only be able to fulfill this calling to be pure of heart when we seek God and ask Him to help us to see clearly and then to change our heart.

“So Jesus said to those who believed in Him, If you abide in My Word [hold fast to my teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly my disciples. And then you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.” –John 8:31-32

Sometimes the truth that we know is the truth about ourselves, but we are not left without hope…God transforms our hearts when we renew our minds in Him.

It is a little scary that God might reveal to us our intentions, but when we allow Him to surface some things that might be ugly, we also bring it to the surface so that it can be healed.

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