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What is God’s goal for our hearts?

What is God’s goal for our hearts?

Heart, dedicated, caring and committed

Heart, dedicated, caring and committed

It is God’s goal for us to align our hearts with our words in a way that is acceptable to God. We are to love Him and everyone else with all our hearts.

Do our words reflect that? Does God’s love in our hearts cause us to think amazing things and then act in a way that reflects His love?

Beyond what we have to say, is what we are thinking and meditating on acceptable to God? It starts with our heart.

Without a right heart, the rest is all futile.  It continues with our thoughts. It translates into our words.

May we align God’s love in our hearts with what we say.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14



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Am I a student of good?

Seek good and find delight

Seek good and find delight

There are many things we can be students of. Seeking good is God’s goal for us.

God wants us to go after wisdom and good like there is no tomorrow. This is the main thing about the main thing.

How do we spend our time? What kind of TV do we watch? What are we searching for on the internet?

Are we seeking good and God?

Of course, there is a consequence to being a student of evil. It is sad but God warns us that if we seek evil we will become evil.  We will find what we seek.

It is our choice.  Jesus alerts us that there is a way that leads to life. That way is Jesus.

May we seek good. May we find delight. So be it.

“The one who seeks good finds delight; the student of evil becomes evil.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 11:27)



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Is my grandeur to forgive and forget?

Hold your tongue

Hold your tongue

I need to learn how to hold my tongue.

Easier said than done some days. Someone says something and off I go.

I react.

I speak.

I regret it.

God’s wisdom teaches me to pause. I should forgive what they say. I should forget what they say.

Many times we forgive but we don’t forget. If we can forget it, we are truly liberated and free. The good news is we are new creations in Jesus. Jesus sets us free to forgive and forget.

His wisdom teaches me to pause.

God’s goal for me is that I know how to hold my tongue.

Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget. ~King Solomon | Proverbs 19:11

Some things smell pretty bad

The stench of a wicked life

The stench of a wicked life

Some things smell pretty bad.

And then, there is a rotten stench. Just a plain putrid smell.

It is disgusting. We gag. We puke. None of this is good.

That is the way of a wicked life.

God’s goal for us is that we live a good and honest life. God wants us to serve Him with honor. He wants us to be in right standing with Him in all we know and do.

An honest life is important in all we do.

How do we want to be remembered? What will our memorial look like? What will it say?

A good and honest life is a blessed memorial; a wicked life leaves a rotten stench. ~King Solomon | (Proverbs 10:7)



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Am I a loafer and lazybone?

Work

Work

This is a stunning insight from Solomon. God’s goal for us is that we work. Work is Godly. Work is important. We are not to be lazy. We need to learn how to work and to work hard.

God has a goal for us. Sin is missing God’s goal. There is good news. God has given me a new life in Jesus. I can work and I can work hard. That is the real deal.

The work He has given us is good and noble. I am working for God. I am passionate about working for God.

If we won’t work, there are consequences.

  • Our life will collapse.
  • We will go hungry.
  • Nothing good comes from being lazy.

Let’s get with it. There is a huge harvest out there for Jesus and we need more workers.

“Life collapses on loafers; lazybones go hungry.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 19:15 The Message)



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Can I really escape God?

Hound of Heaven

Hound of Heaven

Ever heard of Francis Thompson? Young guy, drop out, drug addict, drifter, sometime homeless. Eventually diseased and dead at 48.

Probably not the kind of guy you would want to hang out with nor call a friend. And certainly not the kind of guy you would be inclined to be loyal to.

But right before his death in 1907, Thompson came to know to very the core of his soul what true loyalty was. He expressed it in his poem, “Hound of Heaven.”

It begins:

“I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears I hid from Him,
and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated, Adown Titanic glooms of chasmèd fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.
But with unhurrying chase, And unperturbéd pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat—and a Voice beat
More instant than the Feet—
“All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.”

The poem goes on and as Thompson unsuccessfully seeks peace through various human pursuits, he continues to hear, but ignore, the Voice that follows him unfailingly.

The poem, on its surface, is a dark story reflecting Thompson’s lifelong struggles. But beneath the surface, it is truly a love story. Thompson’s Hound of Heaven is God, our Good and Great God who loves us so much, He follows us through each step of our lives. He is at our side. He is loyal.

And so King David says:

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139: 7-14

 

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Should I beg God?

Beg GodJesus said, “Everyone who asks (begs) receives …” Sometimes it takes a lot for us to ask.

We think we don’t need help. We can do it ourselves. God’s help is not needed. We want to be independent, not dependent. Our pride gets in the way. I know mine does.

We will ask if we don’t have something we want or if we can’t do it ourselves. Otherwise, God tends to be our Genie in a bottle.

That isn’t the way of God. Like David, I need to get my feet back on the trail and follow God’s orders. I must remember God has a plan. I need to focus on what God wants, not what I want.

God has promised so much.  His love fills the entire earth. There is no end to it. God is good.

Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise to do everything you say. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile, be gracious to me just as you promised.

When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders. The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out— but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. I get up in the middle of the night to thank you; your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning! I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you, of those committed to living by your rules. Your love, God, fills the earth!

Train me to live by your counsel. | Psalm 119:57-64 (The Message Bible)

May I humble myself and ask.

May I beg for His help.

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Jesus brings calm into our lives. Jesus brings peace. Jesus drives out the darkness.

God is lightI remember as a child not wanting to sleep in the dark. There were monsters in the closet and under the bed. The light helped. It always does.

There is something about the light. Jesus is the light. He drives out the darkness and all fear.

Jesus brings calm into our lives. Jesus brings peace. Jesus drives out the darkness.

God’s goal for us is for us to live in the light. He is God and He is light. When we live in the light of His truth, there is no fear. The perfect love of Jesus drives out all the fear. Love has a way of doing that.

The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1


May I live in the light with Jesus. 

What is God’s message to us today?

Dancing in the StreetThis is both prophecy about Jesus and also a message to us as God’s children. Our God is a living, today kind of God.

What is His message to us today? God is in a good mood. He wants the best for us.

See today like you would your birthday. Today is a day of celebration.

What gift do we want from our Heavenly Dad? He will give us anything. Nations? Continents? Dancing in the street? Or, like Solomon, do we ask for wisdom.

I also think this is in the physical as well as spiritual world. He has promised it is all ours. Supernatural courage and His powerful Spirit make it so.

Let me tell you what God said next. He said, “You’re my son, And today is your birthday. What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? Continents as a prize? You can command them all to dance for you, Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.” Psalms 2:7-9 (The Message Bible)

May I seek and ask for His power today. What gift do I want from my Heavenly Dad? May I live like today is my birthday in Him.

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