A Right Heart For A New Year
I have contended for over four decades that the problem with most people that sit on church pews is not a lack of time, or knowledge, but a heart problem. They do not change because their heart is not changed. By the way, have you ever noticed that when someone is right with God, they have no problem applying God’s Word to any area of their life, whether it is honesty, faithfulness, soul-winning, tithing, biblical dress standards, etc. If their heart has been given to God, these things will follow. Matthew 15:8, “… but their heart is far from me … teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
The Plea of the Spiritual.  Psalm 139:23-24
“… Search me, O God and know my heart … see if there be any wicked way in me.” When a person knows the value of walking in a sweet relationship with the Lord, the desire will be to maintain that relationship with him. Psalm 26:2, “… Prove me … Try … my heart.” “Examine me!” It is the sincere cry of the person who understands walking with God.
The Penetrating Look. Luke 22:61-62
“And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter … And Peter went out and wept bitterly.” Why did Peter weep? Because Jesus was not just seeing the physical body of Peter. He was looking at his heart’s condition. Notice I Samuel 16:7, “… man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” God is far more concerned about your true character rather than about what people think of you. Point: Character is what God knows about us. Reputation is what man thinks about us. When God looked at Eliab, He did not find what He was looking for. He knew it was a matter of heart. In chapter 17 of I Samuel, we find Goliath mocking, laughing, and defying God. It was David, not Eliab, that met the challenge and changed the direction of the war.
The Power of Understanding. 1 Thessalonians 2:4
“… not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.” The fact that God searches our heart is a huge motivation to keep your heart and body clean. It should be very sobering to you to know that your very thoughts can be read and understood by God. Right now God knows your present thoughts — what you are thinking even as you read this simple article and your heart’s condition to how you receive it.
In 1935, truth serum was invented. The proper name is sodium pentothal. In World War II, sodium pentothal was used to obtain truthful information. It was mostly used by intelligence gathering organizations to accumulate the most accurate information possible from captured agents. What is so interesting is that while under the influence of truth serum, the patient did not lose self control. He or she actually did not tell the truth unless deep inside they wanted to tell the truth. Determining the truth was actually dependent upon the willingness of the one injected. However, with our Saviour, He knows the truth, and He knows the person’s heart. He does not need truth serum. The fact that God knows what we truly are should drop us to our knees in confession and repentance. Question: Do you know your relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ right now?
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