Posts Tagged ‘Heart Check’

12
Mar

Bible Devotions From I Kings 12

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In the words “which he had devised in his own heart”, spell out that which is the root of the difficulty that caused division, rebellion and going astray in Israel. For you see plainly that the reason that Rehoboam rejected the wise counsel of the elders is that he had already devised in his heart that which he wanted to do, and therefore he could not accept their wise counsel, because it ran counter to what he had devised in his heart. And you see that had he truly loved the people and wanted to be My servant in their behalf, his heart would have readily accepted the counsel of the elders. In the case of Jeroboam you see that his leading the people into idolatry arose also from what he had devised in his own heart, for he reasoned that if he permitted the people to continue to worship in Jerusalem, that it would undermine his rule. So without looking to Me to establish his kingdom, even though My prophet had announced to him that I would give him that part of the nation that would break away from the house of David, he sought to devise his own way. And it lead the people into sin, which persisted and grew in the generations to follow. I want you to understand, both for your own instruction and for wisdom, when you pray for leaders and rulers, that if you or they incline to the devices of their own hearts, that the inevitable results of such decisions will be division, rebellion, idolatry, hearts that will blindly be led astray from Me. And as it was in the case of Rehoboam and Jeroboam, the consequences will not only be disastrous for the people, but well may persist for generations to come. And this is why when you pray for leaders, that you should stand against their resorting to the devices of the human heart. And this is why you should be careful to not incline to the devices of your own heart.

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28
Feb

Bible Devotions From Proverbs 14

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If you will examine the contrast in this portion between the wise and the foolish, between the upright who fear Me and those who give themselves over to their own devices, you will see in each case the actions, the decisions, the attitudes and the values are matters of the heart. It speaks here again and again of how influential the condition of the heart is, and therefore you must understand, even as My Son declared, that the issues of life flow from it. And in some cases you see that what things look like from the outside are not what they really are on the inside. For example, it declares here that even in laughter the heart may sorrow and the end of mirth may be grief. It also says, “the heart knows its own bitterness and a stranger does not share its joy”. Even though in this portion certain acts and certain expressions are commended and others are condemned, I want you to understand that those things, which are commended, are achieved because the heart of those who practice them is towards Me. As it declares here, “He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord.” But the attitude of those who walk in sin and folly is described as the perverse ways of those who despise Me. Why am I bringing these things to your attention?

Is it not for two important reasons? First of all that when you consider the actions and the words of people, that you recognize that they are not to be judged merely on the basis of what seems to be, but of what is truly in the heart. And you can more easily discern what is the true condition of the heart by recognizing the attitude of the person towards Me. For do you not find that there are those who do what is good in the eyes of men and are considered upright according to human standards, but when they are confronted with the issue of their attitude towards Me, they prove to be those who do not fear Me and seek to please Me. In this way you can surely discern the condition of the heart. And is it not important that you do so, in order that you may truly reflect My light to them? Secondly, it is important for you to understand this matter of what is behind the conduct of men because you not only need to discern the true character of their walk, but you also need to examine your own heart to determine which way it is inclined, whether towards Me or away from Me. And since it is shown here and in many other places in My Word that it is not what is shown outwardly that determines the true character of what is in the heart, but it is determined by what is inwardly, as it declares in another place that man looks upon the outward things, but I look upon the heart. And therefore do not be deceived to think that you can cover up the true character of your heart if it is not inclined towards Me, nor do you need to boast and promote what is in your heart if is inclined towards Me. As it declares here, “Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known”. And though the condition of the heart may not always manifest itself quickly, whether in wisdom or in folly, be assured that it will ultimately do so. But I want to give you one more very important caution about this matter. It is this: that the one who seeks to hide the condition of his heart and to deceive others into thinking that it is better than it really is, ends up only in deceiving himself. For as it declares here, “What is in the heart of fools is made known”. Consider carefully these two very important values of discerning the condition of the heart, both of others and of yourself.

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14
Feb

Bible Devotions From Mark 10:32-45

Posted by: admin    in Mark

As you read these words, are you not amazed that after My Son announced to His disciples that He was to be delivered up to death that James and John should come and request that they might sit at His right hand and His left in His glory? You can see that they did not really understand the significance of what My Son had announced to them about His death and resurrection. When they responded that they could drink His cup and be baptized with His baptism, they demonstrated their failure to understand the significance of what He was asking them, for they were thinking of sharing in His earthly glory and of their own promotion and exaltation, and they were unable to grasp that the way of honor and blessing in the Kingdom of My Son was the way of humbling, of service and of sacrifice. And by their offense towards James and John, the other disciples showed that they were actually of the same mind as James and John. And so it was that My Son emphasized to them the greatness of becoming a servant and of laying His life down, even as He came to serve and to give His life as a ransom.

Now you may wonder what the significance of this is for you? Is it not true still among the disciples of My Son that many are concerned about promotion and self-glory rather than about serving and laying ones life down? Is it not true that while there is much preaching about the way of the cross, that very few actually want to live that way? Does not My Son still ask of those who profess to follow Him, “Can you drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” Does He not place this question before you? Are you not willing to consider what it really means and to examine your own hearts to see what your hearts will say in response?

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