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Our Hearts Speak
People will make these statements: “You don’t know my heart,” or, “You know my heart.” Usually people use these statements to do less than they know to do — never to do more than is required or expected, but to do less.
“God knows my heart”:
God knows my heart – so He knows why I am not going to do some part of His word. We know to forgive, to give our tithes and offerings, to treat people well, to prefer others over our desires. But, God knows my heart, so He is OK with my being rebellious and disobedient. First of all, this is an excuse, not a truth.
Our actions reveal our hearts:
God never understands, nor permits, our being disobedient to His word. The truth in our hearts is revealed by our actions, our deeds, our words. If you are doing the right things — what God’s word teaches — you will never have to say, “God knows my heart.” Our hearts are revealed by our actions.
Luke 6:45 NLT: “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” The words of Jesus make it clear — a good heart produces good actions; an evil heart produces disobedience and rebellion against God’s word.
What is in your heart? You will know by what comes out of you.
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Published on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 10:25 PM CDT
When people say, “God is in control,” what do they mean? I believe most of the time they mean that if something happens, good or bad, it was God’s will — because He is in charge of everything — He is sovereign. The problem with this thinking is, it’s not true. God is never the author of bad.
Our free will:
The word “sovereign” means: supreme in power or authority, not influenced by outside sources. But most people believe it means God is in control of every aspect of our lives and the lives of everyone. The truth is: if God is in complete control, then we don’t have free will. And we know God gave us all free will.
2 Peter 3:9b – not wishing for any to perish, but that all should turn to repentance. Matthew 7:13 — You can enter God’s kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. We can see God’s will is that no man perish.
So, if He is control of everything, why do more people reject Him than accept Him? The reason is that God gave us all free will. Our choices matter. God has a perfect plan for all of our lives. But we have to choose to follow Him and His word to experience that plan.
We are responsible for our choices, our decisions. It’s those choices that determine whether or not we receive God’s blessings — whether or not we receive His salvation. Our choice!
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Published on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 8:23 AM CDT
To walk with God continually, we need to become steadfast.
Know your beliefs:
Steadfastness, or being steadfast, is being a person who knows what they believe and never backs down from it. We must know what we believe and whom we believe in. Hebrews 10:23 NLT says, Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. When we understand and believe that, we will become steadfast — never wavering from the truth.
Steadfastness, I believe, will produce consistency. It will lead us to becoming consistent in our attitudes, consistent in our emotions. Moodiness is a lack of being consistent. We’re up one moment, down the next. We’re making decisions, one moment flying off the handle, and the very next moment calm and making calculated decisions.
Keep believing God:
Being steadfast is being constant in our beliefs. In other words, when things go badly, we don’t get too low; when things go well, we don’t get too excited. Steadfastness keeps on believing God, trusting God, and continuing to do the word of God. Why? Because we know God keeps His promises, and He is always for us.
So let’s believe God and cultivate the fruit — characteristics of being steadfast. It will help us in every area of our lives.
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Published on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 7:58 AM CDT