03 March 2017

Who searches the heart?


03 March 2017

Morning

EVERYWHERE I GO:

Romans 8:27 NASB

[27] and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.


WHO SEARCHES THE HEART?

Who searches the heart? The Bible says that the Father searches our hearts. In fact, God is searching our hearts right now! Does that make you uncomfortable? Someone might say, "I'm not sure I want God to search my heart. He may not like what He finds there." But the truth is, God searches our minds, our consciences, our hearts, not like a criminal investigator, but like a treasure hunter. He is looking for glimpses of His Spirit, searching for evidence of His own presence in us. And His aim in searching is not to condemn, but to work out the very best in our lives for His honor and glory, and for our joy. At Christmas time each year, I think long and hard about what gift to give Jo Beth. I want to buy her something that she needs, certainly, but also something that expresses my personality and brings her great joy. To discover that certain something, I try to search her heart and see if there is something special she desires. I look for clues - for things that make her eyes light up, things she lingers over. As much as I love Jo Beth, our heavenly Father loves us even more. He's constantly searching our hearts to bless us, and to make a difference in our lives. So don't be afraid. Ask God to search your heart, and trust Him to deal lovingly and rightly with what He sees.


my thoughts:

a year ago i discovered a series called COURTS OF HEAVEN with my husband. we watched all the videos together. it made a deep impression on me that i keep in front of me all the time.


today's reading and commentary brought it back once again as confirmation and i renewed my commitment to letting God search me. it is my desire to be fully vested in my God. i know no other that can do what He does. i know no other who fulfills His promises and keeps His word. i want nothing more than His approval each day. and all i have to do to get His approval is accept Jesus' blood covering and grow our relationship.


i am not one who forces my belief on anyone. my favorite way of showing Jesus is being a friend, helping when and where i can, listening, spending time with those in my life. this is how i show Jesus to others.


having a right relationship with my best friend is first and foremost. i find my life has more meaning and i am fulfilled just becuz i took time with my best friend. i can not explain the peace, patience, or knowing i have in handling everyday stuff. i just know my day/life is much better.


here r the scriptures i read regularly as a prayer:

Psalm 139:23-24 MSG

[23-24] Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I'm about; See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong--- then guide me on the road to eternal life.

here i wait to find out if my accuser is saying anything against me. if so, i confess it before God, asking that it be covered under the blood of Jesus. i then wait for God's verdict. once given, i ask for the scroll that is written about me to be made flesh so i can accomplish what is there.

Hebrews 13:16 MSG

[16] Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship---a different kind of "sacrifice"---that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.

Colossians 3:15-17 MSG

[15-17] Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ---the Message---have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives---words, actions, whatever---be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.


i am learning that praying God's Word is best. it's proven to work. just be prepared for God to act on what u pray. IT WILL CHANGE YOU AND YOUR LIFE.




02 March 2017

Our choices frequently determine our circumstances...


02March2017

NIV365-DAY

Jeremiah 40:3 NASB

[3] and the LORD has brought it on and done just as He promised. Because you people sinned against the LORD and did not listen to His voice, therefore this thing has happened to you.


Consequences


When confronted with risky situations, many of us are like the people of Judah: slow to listen and reluctant to obey. We stubbornly plow ahead with our own agendas until we find ourselves in trouble. Our choices frequently determine our circumstances. If we take the time to prayerfully consider the decisions we face, we have a better chance of making the right choices for ourselves and our families. But if we ignore God’s warnings and deliberately reject his guidance, we must bear the consequences. Let God lead you through his words and through the advice of others whom you trust. Then obey him and follow his leading.


REFLECT & PRAY:


*Do you think listening and obeying go hand in hand? Why or why not?


*When have you failed to listen to God and suffered the consequences?


*What are some practical ways you can pass this important lesson on to your children?


Taken from NIV Busy Dad’s Bible

balanced view...



01 March 2017

Matthew 5:48 NASB

[48] Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


A Higher Standard, A Richer Grace


As we grow in our spiritual lives, the high calling and exacting standards of God become increasingly clearer. Some of the most challenging mountains to climb do not look very imposing from a distance. It’s only when you begin climbing the mountain itself that you sense the difficulty of the ascent. Likewise, the difficulty of God’s call to holiness only becomes clear as we embark on the ascent of faithfulness.


In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus presented a vision of a new level of obedience to God. God judges not simply murder but anger, not simply adultery but lust, not simply religious ritual but heart motivation. Jesus taught that God’s standards rise far above the mere letter of the law. Human effort alone can never satisfy them (see Romans 3:23). These facts should drive us into the arms of grace, however, not into the depths of despair.


In Matthew 5:48, the Greek word translated as “perfect” is teleios. Indeed, teleios means “complete in labor, growth, mental and moral character; the goal, the final purpose toward which we are moving.” This fits with Jesus’ elevation of the law to an unattainable plane. Yet the word also carries with it the sense of being complete and mature. For example, a blossoming tree can be “perfect,” even though there is no fruit, because it is at the appropriate stage for fruit to be produced in time. Likewise, we can be teleios, mature, even when we are green in the practices of spiritual living. What matters to God is our journey, not just the arrival at the goal. God’s concern is not that we’ve arrived but that we continue to travel in the right direction, for his grace both empowers our obedience and forgives our sin.


Putting It into Practice


Our spiritual lives are energized when we remind ourselves of the two facets of faith in Christ: a higher standard for our behavior and a richer mercy for our sin. Neglecting either can lead to spiritual weakness and discouragement. Some become careless through forgetting this higher standard. Others are oppressed by their failure to meet this standard on their own, losing sight of God’s forgiveness through Christ.


Which facet of faith are you most comfortable with? What do you need to learn from the other? Cultivating a balanced view of both a higher standard and a richer mercy will prepare our hearts for further spiritual growth.


Taken from NIV Spiritual Renewal Bible