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”My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways. Proverbs 23:26
What does it mean to give your whole heart to God? To give your whole heart to God is to have all the energy of your soul always centered on Him.
It is in this way we are conformed to His will.
Sometimes our soul is very easily turned to outward, physical things; it is very easy to become distracted to the Lord, your Centre.
How far we turn away from Him will depend on how much we yield to the distraction and how far we allow ourself to be drawn away to surface things. In like manner, the means we use to return to God will depend on how far we have turned from Him.
As soon as you notice ourselves straying from the Lord, we should deliberately turn our attention within to the living God. Return at once to that place where we really belong: in Him. “
Madam Guyon from 100 Days in the Secret Place
Now I must confess this passage is part of a bigger picture… it must be read in the understanding of the grace and salvation of God, that it is NOT by works we are saved or our own effort but by the free gift of God. We cannot work ourselves close to God. We cannot earn or repay salvation. We cannot force intimacy with God by effort of will. We cannot manufacture anything.
So in saying that, almost a disclaimer, I say that with our will, strength, emotion and heart – with all of who we are – we must turn and keep turning towards God.
We can choose to stay faithful.
We can choose to be obedient loving children.
We can choose to listen to God.
Or we can choose to be faithless, sinful, disobedient kids who turn away from their loving Father and what we know is right.
Lets not pretend here… we know when we are sinning most times. We know we are making a choice to disobey God. We know we are making a choice to give in to ourselves.
We need to at those times choose to turn to God, to humble ourselves and repent, and His grace and His power that helps us stay faithful, that makes the way of escape from temptation, that is our deliverance.
Being obedient faithful Christians is a choice we make. It is a conscious decision we make each time we get out of bed in a way.
Each decision and action should be tempered with the consciousness of who we are and WHO we follow. Each decision is a choice to live in His Kingdom, not our own. The war rages between kingdoms, between self and seeking first the Kingdom of God.
We can become easily distracted and turn away from God. But we can easily turn back and find grace and mercy from God. His arms are ever open and willing.
We can make conscious choices to do things that will stir our hearts affection for God:
- bible reading
- journaling / personal devotions
- attending church and connecting with a house group
- having coffee with friends and talking about God
- reading books about God
Let us draw near to Him and He will draw near to us.
God never makes you suffer unnecessarily. He intends for your suffering to heal and purify you. The hand of God hurts as little as it can.
Do not waste your suffering. Let suffering accomplish what God wants it to in your life. Never get so hard that you suffer for no reason and for no purpose. Paul says, “God loves a cheerful giver.” How much He must love those who cheerfully give themselves to His dealings.
Francis Fenelon from 100 days in the secret place
My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into different kinds of temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
Fenelon in this passage from 100 Days In The Secret Place goes on to talk about how anxiety can sometimes be a resistance of the work of God in our lives. “The yoke that God gives is easy to bear if you accept it without struggling to escape.” He encourages us to count it all joy – and not just to give verbal assertion to that but to really count it as JOY – real joy – not a response filled with fear and anxiety – but an authentic joy and peace that we are in the hand of God.
How do we do this?
In real life suffering and the outworking of the refinement by God is not mostly pleasant.
It is painful and emotional. It may be physical illnesses or hardship. It involves change and loss.
What the joy can be defined as is I think is the constant trust and constant mental choice to keep our eyes fixed on our God – a mindfulness - remembering (remember = stirring our hearts to faith) WHO He is and how wonderful and how He is near and good and great and merciful and faithful and the good things He has done and is doing and will do in our lives.
The joy is stirred when we remind ourselves of the promises of God – we feel less alone and less anxious because we know God is at work and that is a good thing.
It is as David does in 1 Samuel 30 – he STRENGTHENS himself in the Lord and that powers him up to continue to press on.
We count what we experience as BENEFITIAL perhaps is a better way of looking at it, and so we try to keep our attitude full of faith, full of hope and full of “God is great” instead of the negativity of looking down at our feet, at the circumstance and the emotions that arise.
We stand tall despite the storm raging around us, confident that Jesus is with us.
I’m not talking about “faking it to you make it” but about monitoring our thoughts to respond in the right heart… (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, pulling down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ;)
God is at work in us transforming us and shaping us.
Surrendering to God rather than fighting makes the process somewhat easier… we’re not trying to swim against the current then. Emotions are fine. It is fine to be emotional – as people that is “the way we work.” Manage the emotions – not at the expense of being real, but manage them so that instead of spiralling into despair we continue to press on with confidence and faith, instead of isolating ourselves we continue to comfort others as God comforts us.
Remember – God is good. His mercy endures forever. His love is everlasting. His grace covers all. He knows us. He loves us. He has plans and purposes for us. He is creative. He likes us. He is near. He hears us. He speaks to us. He nurtures us. He guides us. God is good…
my prayer today is
that you would know God
that i would know God
really know, not just know about, not just know facts or words or theories or doctrine
but know and walk with and connect and be in relationship with….
that the busyness of the world wouldnt encroach on this precious relationship
that the things seen and the things going on around wouldnt take presidency over what is really the most imporant thing in the world, in our lives, in eternity
to know the One who made us and loves us and sent His Son to live and die for us
to know the One who rescued us and redeemed us
he is closer than the air, closer than the wind,
he is Unseen and Almighty and Always With Us.
he is God.
let us walk with Him and know Him and love Him.
“The quest for His face is the ultimate quest. But to embrace the quest for the face of God, one must be ready to die. Thus, this quest is not a journey for the faint of heart. It is far too costly to pursue from mere curiosity”. Bill Johnson
But without faith no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and that he rewards everyone who searches for him. Hebrews 11:6
One thing I have desired of the LORD,That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. Psalm 27:4
Don’t store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will always be where your treasure is. Matthew 6:19-20
What does treasure in heaven look like?
How do we “make it”?
How do we earn it?
When do we get it?
Lord, show me what your treasures are. please give me revelation on this.
“there is nothing better than knowing we’ve been redeemed” Devotion song by Hillsong United (on United We Stand)
there is nothing better than knowing we belong to God, that we are part of his family, that we are forgiven and clean and righteous. there is nothing better than knowing we are loved and liked and secure with God. and the awesome thing is we can be assured and confident in being saved and knowing God. we can be confident of his everlasting love and grace.
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10
God is almighty! he sees all and knows all and is full of love and compassion. he is interactive and personal in our lives, near – not far away. creation sees and shouts of his glory – the heavens declare the creativity and wonderfulness of God. i look at creation and i see a creative God who has the universe in his hands. i see how he cares for the sparrow, the flower, the fruit bat, the zebra, the goldfish, the house cat, the seagull, the spider, the tiger… i see how he cares for his creations and know that he cares for me above all others and that i am loved and precious to Him. and so i trust Him.
“I will take up my cross and follow Lord where you lead me” Devotion song by Hillsong United (on United We Stand)
so how do we respond to this awseome God? how then shall we live? in worship and surrender. obeying God. learning about Him. knowing Him. we should live our lives to please Him, to know Him and make Him known.
says it all :o)
Live as though Christ died yesterday,
rose from the grave today,
and is coming back tomorrow.
how then should we live seems to be the question of the day for me… what should characterise my life? what should be the motivation and the foundation and the heart of how and why i live my life?
i love the quote above…
we should live like Jesus died yesterday, with his sacrifice fresh in our hearts – overwelmed by his grace and what he gave up, humbled by his grace…
we should live like he just rose from the grave today – excited and enthusiastic about his mission and power, empowered by his resurrection, filled with passion for his kingdom – passion for the king who reigns and overcame even death, fearless in the face of opposition because our saviour died and rose, surrendering all to his rule and will…
we should live like he is returning tomorrow – living lives honouring him and bringing him pleasure and glory, demonstrating his love and grace to the lost around us, sharing the good news of his death and resurrection and what that means in real life for us, holy and righteous, ready and prepared…
how then should we live? we should make the most of every opportunity to know Him and make Him known….
i’ve just finished reading in daniel which is an amaizng prophetic book about a young man, daniel, and his friends who are exiled aka taken prisonor and kidnaped into babylon and the babylonian leaders try to assimilate them into their culture and religion and lifestyle… but daniel and his friends stand up and stay true to God and his ways… anyway long story short there is a cool cool cool verse in daniel 11 that says “the people that know their God will be strong and do exploits!” wow! it isnt those that are most qualified or are the bestest and strongest that are strong and do awesome things but those that KNOW THEIR GOD! that is what counts and matters in our life. that is what God looks at. that is what God rewards. that is what God wants… for us to know him, and to make him known, to do exploits…. how you going with your bible reading? have you taken some time this week to worship God and meet with him? remember, its not to get a tick on a chart or a “i’m a nice christian badge” but to really know God and to walk with him. he is real and near and personal and almighty and wow.