Eyes of the Heart

In this new year 2013 I want the eyes of my heart to be opened to see God and to experience Him to the fullest. In Psalm 51 verse 10 (Amplified), the writer says “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.”

When our hearts are clean the Spirit of the Living God can abide within then we will be able to see with the spiritual eyes of our heart and not the fleshly eyes.

I want to inspire and encourage everyone to allow the spiritual eyes of your heart to see what God has planned for you this year. Michael W. Smith says it so beautifully in this song “Open the Eyes of My Heart”.

Guard Your Heart

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Proverbs 4:23 (The Message)

The kardia, Latin for “heart” is one of the most vital organs in the human body and plays an important part in sustaining life. It is the center of the circulatory system and it pumps blood throughout the body. When the heart stops, life stops.

Many times decisions are made according to our feelings. However, whatever is in the heart will be revealed in our actions. It will come out in attitude, belief, and motivation. The heart determines and influences how we live. It is in the heart that love, desire and emotions reside. In biblical terms, the heart is where rational thinking resides, but it does not exclude the emotional side of the heart. Old Testament scripture states that we should love the Lord our God with all of our heart, thus resulting in the heart playing an important part in our decision-making process.

This proverb cautions us to watch over our heart above everything else because the heart is where life resides. The heart is the fountain from which everything we do or say flows.

We should be aware that the desires of the heart can either help keep us on the right spiritual path or hinder our progress. Keeping our heart focused on God’s Word can help keep us moving in the right direction and enable us to make better decisions. Placing boundaries on the things that we desire will help us stay on the path that God has for us. We should seek to be watchful over our heart at all times and focus our desires on Godly things.

We should seek to have a heart that is willing to give and in so doing be a cheerful giver. Our hearts should be filled with zeal for the works of the Lord. Romans 12:11 states “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord ;”(King James Version). Our hearts should always be renewed and refreshed and amazed with the spirit of the Living God.

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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30 Days Of…Day 25 – “God Is”

Because we live in a fallen world, I believe it means our total dependence should be on God. He represents the best that could ever happen to us.

He never leaves me when I need Him the most. He is my friend when all my other friends are doing their own things and just living life. He loves me when I feel the most unloved. He is never to busy to take my  call, and he is never to busy to listen to my problems.

God Is….

My Joy.

My Salvation.

My Strength when I am weak.

My Shepherd when I am in need.

My Peace in the midst of turmoil.

My Protector when harm is in my path.

The Lifter of my head when it is bowed down.

The one who dries my tears when hurt has encircled me.

Years ago when I used to sing in the choir at church, there was a song we sang entitled “God Is”. The lyrics to this song sums up what God is to me. The lyrics to the song are:

God is the joy and the strength of my life, He moves all pain, misery, and strife. He promised to keep me, never to leave me. He’s never ever come short of His word. I’ve got to fast and pray, stay in His narrow way, I’ve got to keep my life clean everyday; I want to go with Him when He comes back, I’ve come too far and I’ll never turn back. God is… God is my all in all.

What is God to you?

 

30 Days Of…Day 23 – “Trust”

 

Do you have trouble trusting people? Do you have a hard time trusting in God? Several post back I wrote about my favorite scripture. That scripture talks about trusting in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) is the scripture I am referring to and it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

To trust is to have confidence and to rely.  Sometimes I find it difficult to trust in the Lord with all my heart because it is easier for me to rely on my on understanding or my own way of doing things because I think my way is the best way to do it. I seek to figure things out on my own, but ultimately, I always end up back in God’s word for answers. For me, everyday is another day to grow in Jesus and learn to lean on Him. He knows what’s in my heart. As the old gospel song says, “I will trust in the Lord until I die”. It is not always an easy choice, but it is a choice I choose to make. Will you trust in the Lord? Why?

 

30 Days Of…Day 7 – “Favorite Scripture”

I have many favorite scriptures, but one of them is Proverbs chapter 3 verses 5-7 which reads as follows from the Amplified Bible Version:

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.”

This is one of my favorite scriptures because it is my natural instinct to follow the desires of my heart and not listen to voice of God. Following my way is not always the best course to follow when making  decisions. Do I always follow this scripture? No. Do I do things my way? Yes. But, I’m still a work in process and my rough edges are still being smoothed out and my frowns are slowly being turned into smiles and each day is a new day to keep trying and keep moving along the road of life.