Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Into your heart.

You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting.
       
The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. — What is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. — The Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. — Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows,  he shall reap. For he who sows to his flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit shall reap life everlasting from the Spirit.

What is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? — What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts. — you have tested my heart; thou hast visited me in the night; you have tried me, and shall find nothing.

That is where God looks--in your heart.  He sees beyond what we put forward to the world around us, whether good or bad.  He knows where the little child is hiding inside the gangster; where the evil is inside the woman who gossips; He measures your heart on His "balances" (scale), and sees everything about it. He says, "the heart is desperately wicked, and beyond cure--who can know it?"
and answers His own question with:
"I the LORD search the heart, I test the inner man..." God knows all about you, and though the texts above don't mention it, He loves you despite who you may be.  He doesn't pick favorites, and you have as much opportunity for His blessing as anyone else. You just have to decide to follow Him.  He does desire "truth in the inward parts"--in other words, you face and accept the truth about yourself, and refuse to hide from Him. Then you offer up your life and soul to God, and follow Him with all your heart. It's all any of us can do.
       
DAN. 5:27.  I Sam. 2:3. -Luke 16:15. -I Sam. 16:7. -Gal. 6:7,8. Matt. 16:26. -Phi. 3:7. Psa. 51:6. -Psa. 17:3.