Do You Really Want to Know What God Thinks About Your Heart?

Do You Really Want to Know What God Thinks About Your Heart
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Represent.  “The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

Both this word [represent] and this verse [Matthew 5:5] from the Word have been on my mind for several days, maybe longer. Does God ever speak to you like this? With a simple word? And a simple verse? What does one have to do with the other? Everything. And nothing. Depending on how I choose to look at them. Whether I’m open to what He is trying to show me.

If you know me at all you know I am bent toward forgetting things. I get easily distracted and sometimes things just get filed in the lost and found section of my brain. I certainly have a way of trying to get too many plates spinning at once. While I’m a work in progress this bad habit is slowing itself and most days I actually feel like I’m overcoming the tenancy to be distracted so easily. I’m overcoming how I face fear too. You see, for me staying busy keeps me from having to face fear. Fear that lies to me constantly. Fear that I find myself believing. Fear that says, “you’re not good enough.” Fear that taunts and says, “if you can’t juggle all of these things, you’ll never be accepted.” On and on the lies go, especially if I give it the time of day.

Being led around by fear is a sign of a heart condition that goes unchecked. That’s being ignored. Our hearts need maintenance. Attention. Let me ask you a question.

Do you really want to know what God thinks about your heart?

Our Pastor asked us this during the sermon, Sunday. I can imagine each of us having different takeaways from any of the sermons. That’s the beauty of the Holy Spirit.

For me, this question is one I’m choosing to meditate on this week. Along with the idea of how I represent my Savior from Sunday to Sunday. Maybe you are too. Maybe this is a question we don’t ask ourselves enough? Maybe we’re too consumed with fear to even notice the condition of our hearts. It’s so easy to hit the ground running on Monday mornings and before we know it we’re caught up in the busyness of our lives. I don’t believe our Pastor used the word lifestyle Sunday, but that’s what comes to mind when I think about the difference in our hearts from Sunday to Sunday.

Are our hearts disguised in their “Sunday Best” that one day a week? Or are they the same every day with no disguise needed?

The middle part of our notes from Sunday talked about leaven and the two truths it teaches us. It’s this section that suggested the word lifestyle to me. Our faith (leaven) is noticeable on the outside and it permeates our entire life, therefore we are living out our faith or our fears. Other people can see it. It’s present in everything we say, do and think. Everything.

 “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Matthew 13:33

The definition of lifestyle is this – typical way of life; the habits, attitudes, moral standards that together constitute mode of living.

Anyone can fake a certain lifestyle for a short time, but what you observe from someone 24/7 is the true picture of what their heart really is.

Do you really want to know what God thinks about your heart?

What on earth does one have to do with the other? For me it’s this simple. Because I’m driven by fear I forget about the condition of my heart, therefore I’m anything but genuine in how I represent Christ. How I represent my husband. How I represent my family. Church. Business. And on and on. When we allow ourselves to believe the lies of fear and the lies of the enemy it’s as if there’s no room for anything else. It’s as if we aren’t even a Child of God at all!  It’s as if we become senile to God’s Word. His promises. Who we are in Him. I tend to look at things as black or white. So for me, I’m either busy following fear in circles or I’m following the path where Christ leads.

When I’m driven by fear, I don’t represent well and I’m oblivious to the condition of my heart. How bout you? Do you find this is what happens to you too?

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