Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Search Me, O God, and Know my Heart

(Let's Talk! Tuesday has been suspended for an indefinite period of time. I am being obedient and trying to refocus on the purpose of this blog.  Sorry Vicki and Starla!  They have been so faithful in posting...You can go check out their blogs anyway!)

It seems that most people I have talked to this week and some things I've read have been about the heart. 

I think God is speaking. :)

The simple word, heart, brings to mind a palette of pretty pinks and reds, Valentine's Day, cupid and his arrow, first love, and just....pure.... sweetness.  Awwww..... :)

But our heart can prove to be just the opposite.

Our heart is a very important, vital organ in our physical body.  It also has a huge part in our spiritual well being.  In our heart, we can love to the fullest or we can hate with a vengeance.  In our heart, we can hide secret sins and unforgiveness or we can expose our weaknesses and be healed.  In our heart, we can form intimate relationships with our closest friends or we can build a wall to keep everyone out.  In our heart, we can KNOW God, or we can say NO to God.

The bible tells us that God "searches every heart and understands every motive."   It also tells us in Proverbs to guard our heart above all things!  Why?  Why above all things?  Because it is the wellspring of life.  It is where we first become intimate with God.  It is where we first hear Him.  But it can also be the place we harbor sin and evil.  Jeremiah 17:9 says "The heart is deceitful above all things..."  Sin is a matter of the heart.  Since birth, our hearts have been inclined toward sin.  We must willfully and purposely choose what is right and good, not forgetting or forsaking God.

God can see through everything, to the very center of who we really are and He still loves us completely!  Right where we are at this very moment!  We don't have to pretend to be something we are not.....when we do we are bringing that which is false before Him.  Be honest about where you are so that He can have the freedom to move in your life and continue the process of molding you into His image.  Are you angry?  Do you have unforgiveness?  What are you harboring today in your heart?  

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.  Ps. 139:23-24

It's time for the church - not the church building or organization - but the CHURCH - the PEOPLE of God -to RISE UP and take our place!  It is time to CROSS THE LINE.  We can't do it dragging our JUNK behind us or hiding it within us, pretending to be holy.  Let's get rid of it and watch God move!! 


4 friends had this to say:

starla said...

yeahyeahyeah!!! tHAT VERSE Search me OH GOD!! I have seen that now for the 4th time...KEEPing it in the forefront. CROSS THE LINE ...The Lord has been saying the same to me but a little different saying : CROSS the BRIDGE enter the HEART/ our soul ...LOOK AT IT...let Him shine the LIGHT on all sides, Let Him show us what is there...get rid of the JUNK...LET HIM DO THE WORK!!! WE can not do it in our own strength...SURRENDER!!!

Linda said...

Amen Shelley!! Great post!!
Love your post today and it has touched me for sure!! Thank you!
Blessings and hugs

Dorothy Adamek said...

Very powerful words Shelley! Wonderful encouragement and warnings about keeping our heart for God alone,
Have a wonderful day,
Dorothy :)

Rachel B said...

Very Good Shelly! It always amazes me how quickly we can get off track, we go back and pick up those things we thought we put down at His feet. It's also amazing to me that He knows our hearts, every detail, and still loves us. How cool that we can go to Him for a "heart change." (Ps 139). Thanks for sharing this today.