Lord Trieth The Hearts. The bible says that out of the heart comes the issue of life. Whatsoever in the heart is what a man going to do. Whatsoever in the heart man is going to speak. Man put gold in the furnace to purify it, the more the fire the purer gold gets. The Lord God tests our character so that we can become pure before him. The bible says only the pure in heart shall see God. God wants us a certain way and to get us to the way God wants us he trieth our hearts. When God led the Israel out of Egypt to the promise land all they had to do was go straight through the Wilderness of Shur and Zin and they would have been to the promise land, but God led them down south to the Red Sea, then sent Pharaoh behind them. The only way they had to go was through the Red Sea, you talking about the test of the heart, but God delivered them. God promise the children of Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, when they got there it had milk and honey, but it had also giants that rule the land. The Lord test their heart to believe him to defeat the giants, some believe and some doubted. The ones that doubted God they did not get to go in. In James chapter one it tells us to count it all joy when you fall in divers temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith is much more precious than gold that perish. So beloved know that God going to test us and try us, so we must believe God through the bad times knowing he will never leave or forsake us. Trust in God and lean not to your own understanding but in all yours ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path.
Worship God. Paul told the people of Philippians, that he worship God in the spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. We must worship God in spirit and in truth. God is a spirit and he seek them that worship him in spirit and in truth. If we put our trust in the flesh it will lead us away from God.We know the flesh lust again the spirit, and we cannot do the things that please God by walking in the flesh. Jesus told the Pharisees in vain do they worship him, by teaching for doctrines the commandments of men, by laying aside the commandment of God, just to hold to the tradition of men. We cannot serve God in the spirit by holding on to tradition. Most all religion have some kind of tradition, that is not according to God word. It do not make no difference what religion we are in the bottom line we must worship God according to his word. We cannot reject God word just to hold some tradition, but we must lay aside tradition, and follow after God word. God has written his word for us to follow and all we have to do is follow his word, and then he would be please with us. We make God word of none effect through traditions. Worshiping God is worshiping him by his word, everything we do must line up with his word. We cannot do nothing without his word. Jesus said man cannot live by bread alone, but we must live by every word that perceive out of the mouth of God. So let us worship God in spirit and truth, let us live by his word each day, and put aside any tradition that man has set up in this world. Amen
God Honor Faith. There were a woman in Jesus time that heard about him as he came to Tyre and Sidon. The woman was a Greek and came to Jesus that he may case an unclean spirit out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her “Let the children first be filled, for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs, and she answered and said, unto him, Yes, Lord yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs”. And Jesus said to her “For this saying go thy way, the devil is gone out of thy daughter” (Mark 7:24-29). Now the important part to get out of this is that Jesus had to honor the woman faith, even though she was not part of the children of Israel, she had faith to believe God. She acknowledge what Jesus told her was true, but what she told Jesus was true also so Jesus had to honor the woman request because she had faith. Faith moves God no matter who you are, what nation you come from, what situation you was born into, what race or color of skin, if you have faith in God he will honor it. Remember the centurion servant that was sick and ready to die, he told Jesus he was not worthy for him to come under his roof but only speak the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus marveled at him and said, I have not found so great faith no, not in Israel, and his servant was healed. It is all about faith if you have faith of a grain of mustard seed, God will honor it. Only believe, all things are possible to him that believe. So my friends cast off your doubt, and unbelief, and have faith in God and in the end see want God honor your faith.
Lip Service. The Pharisees was a religious sect back in Jesus day that often challenge Jesus about things concerning the law. The Pharisees saw Jesus disciples eat without washing their hands and they ask Jesus why his disciple did that. Now there is nowhere in the law of God that said a man had to wash his hands before eating, this was only a tradition of the elders. Jesus response to the Pharisees was “Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, this people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me”, (Mark 7:6). The Pharisees was more concern about tradition than what the law of God said. The Pharisees honor God with their lips but their heart was not right with God, because if their heart was right with God they would have known that the law did not say anything about eating without washing hands. The Pharisees had lip service but their heart was not right with God. When your heart is right with God you will obey God. Jesus said in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments”. To prove you love God you have to keep his commandments, if you do not keep God commandments means in God eyes you do not love him. God do not want our lip service he wants us to obey him. Jesus said in Luke 6:46 “Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say”. God wants us to call upon him, and he is always there for us, but in return if we call on him and refuse to obey him it will not do us any good. Let us not honor God with our lips only, but let us honor him in obeying, keeping him commandments and walking in his way each day. Let us put away any tradition, and religious belief, and seek God for his word that we may learn to obey him. Amen
Delight Thyself. God had made it plain and simple to us that he wants our attention. He has also made it plain and simple that he is a jealousy God. He tells us not to have no other God before him. He wants us to love him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. In all of what God wants from us he is worthy of all our attention. God made us and fashion us into his likeness, and all he ask of us is to serve him. In return for giving God all our love and attention he said If we delight ourselves in him, he would give us the desires of our heart. God loves us and wants us to be happy. He will give us such and such, and he promise us he will not withhold any good thing from us. Now who would not want to serve a mighty God as this. We should not fret or be dismay for the Lord God is with us and he cares about our life. We must find pleasure in being with him. Each day should be a delight to fellowship with him. We should let our heart rejoice to seek his face and to know that if we Love him he will give us the desires of our heart. We all have desires, we all have things we need, and we all have things we want. The good news is we serve a mighty God that can and will supply all our needs according to his riches and glory. So delight thyself in God, love him each day, spend a little time with him, serve him with all your heart, and see want he open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you want have room to receive.
The Lord Take Pleasure. There is one way and only one way for a man to know for sure if he is pleasing God. That way is to keep his commandment. God is so happy with us when we obey him. To do what he says, makes God jump for joy. Man spend a lot of energy doing things that do not please God. Man seek each to make himself happy but often time leave God out. Psalm 147:11 says “The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy”. To know that God is please with us is when we keep his commandment, he promise us that if we obey his word he will bless us. There is a promise and blessing in keeping God commandment. You cannot be bless in not obeying God, blessing only come from obeying God. Also in Psalm 147:10 it says “He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man”. God do not care who is the fastest man in the world, who is the greatest basketball, football or baseball player in the world. Man is always debating who is the greatest, or the best in some sport, God don’t care. You know each horse season there is great excitement about who going to win the triple crown, that is the horse that win three big races. Man spend millions on a horse just so it can win the triple crown, guess what God taketh no pleasure. Our life on this earth is sum up one thing Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”. This is what we should be consume with each day making sure that we fear God and keep his word, and if we do this the Lord will surely taketh pleasure in us.
Keep thy Heart. In Proverbs 4:23 it says “keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life”. We are instructed by God to keep our heart into him. Keep means to retain in one’s possession, to hold in a give place, to cause to continue in a given position. God wants our heart each day, he wants us to love, and to love him means we much obey his word. Our heart is precious and must be protected from the devil each day. We are instructed to attend to God word, incline our ears to his sayings, to not let his word depart from our eyes and keep them in the midst of our heart. What we watch with our eyes, what we listen to with our ears has a influence on us so we must be careful each day to what we let come unto us. There is a message in commercials, they are either trying to get us to buy this, or trying to get us to go somewhere, so we must be on the watch for what is being said. 1 John 2:15 says ” Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him, We must keep our heart from the things of this world, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. The bible tells us we must be diligence in keeping our heart, which mean everyday we must strive to let not nothing take our heart from God. How do we keep our heart? We must pray each day, read our bible each day, sing hymns, resist evil, watch what say, watch what we do, watch where we go and hide God word in our heart. If we do these things God will be satisfied with us and he will help us keep our heart unto him. Amen
Guide Thine Heart. The heart is the center of our emotions and feelings. It is the inner part of us that drives us each day. Whatsoever that is in our heart that is what we are going to do. That is why in Proverbs 23:19 it tells us to guide our heart in the way. There is so many things in the world that is pulling at our heart. Money, cars, houses, riches, women, men, clothes, the glory of this, you get the point. But God wants our heart, he wants to be the center of our attention, he wants to be number one in our life. We must guide our heart in the right way so that we do not get caught up in the things of this world. In Proverbs 23:26 it says, “Give me thine heart”, yes God wants our heart, our mind, our soul, to be unto him. God wants us to serve him each day. We have to make a choice of what we want and what we do. We must be careful of the things that will draw us away from God. That is why we must direct our heart to God and let him lead us to the right way. There is a right way and there is a wrong way to go in life. Any way that we choice that is without God is the wrong way. We must not take it lightly God wants us to observe his ways. God wants us to live a life that will glorify him each day. How do we guide our heart in the way? The answer is in Psalm 119:9 it says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. We can guard our heart by God word. God word is our road map to the way we should go each day. So guide thine heart each day by God word, let him lead you to the path of righteousness, and then shall thou be free from the things that will take you away from God.
Fret Not. It is easy sometime to get discourage in how things are going in your life sometime. Things can be going slower than what we want, doors are not opening like you think it should. You can be laboring very hard and praying for something and it just seems like nothing is happening. God can seem like he is nowhere to be found. Evildoers can seem like they have it made and get everything they want, seem like they are more prosperous than us. But in Psalm chapter 37 King David wrote for us “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou, envious against the workers of iniquity”. We must not compare ourselves with evildoers, or be worried how they are doing. Our hope must be in God who made the heaven and earth. In Psalm 37:3 it says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwelt in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed”. God is going to take care of his people, he is going to give us the things we need to survive on earth. God sees our needs, he knows our situation and he will never leave or forsake us. The problem is we must be patience and wait on God. What we must do is “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”, Psalm 37:4. Love God and serve him no matter what our situation looks like, walk in obedience to him each day. Our heart should not be overwhelm with the things of this life, but our heart should be in love with God to do his will, and trust in him to meet our needs. So beloved, Love God, and fret not he sees your desires and he will supply all your needs according to his riches and glory in Christ Jesus.
Choice. Everyday of our life we have to make a choice. How we live our life each day is base on the choice that we make. We make the choice to do right or we make the choice to do wrong. No matter what the situation is there is a choice to be made. The choices with make will define our life, whether it is going to be good or whether it is going to be bad. Most people do not realize that where they are in life is base on the choice they made. A person is in prison for the rest of his life, why, because he made a choice to kill someone. A simple choice of not going to school and getting a education, cause a person to be on the street without money, so that person have to steal, rob someone to get what he need to survive, why, because he made a choice. There is a good choice to be made. David said in psalms 119:3o, “I have chosen the way of truth”, right there his life was set on the right path because he made a choice, not only did he make a choice but he chose to go the way of truth. There is two ways we can go in life and either it is the right way or the wrong way. Following God and his word is the right way, do what you want and not following God is the wrong way. God word is lead you to the way of truth, so you can understand which way to go in life and helps guide you to the best choice to make. So make your life simple go the way of truth, chose the right way and see want life be good for you.