Apr 30, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Is Your Heart Like HIS?

1 Samuel 16:But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."



The LORD sent Samuel to anoint a new king from the house of Jesse. When the oldest was presented, a strong, tall warrior, Samuel thought surely this was the man. The Lord responded with our verse for today. We've always heard. "Don't judge a book by its cover." We are so easily persuaded by what our senses tell us.  We all have prejudices of one kind or another, but God sees straight into the heart.



The sharpest looking man or most beautiful woman among us with the warmest smile and most pleasant manners may be the vilest person we ever met. The street person in dirty clothes and not a penny to his name may have a heart that is totally for our Lord. That is why the LORD tells us not to judge by outward appearances. Jesus told us to judge by the fruit produced from the life.          (Matthew 7:20)



We are quick at times to make judgment calls about another's motivations or heart attitudes. That is God's area of expertise, not man's. I have seen the most discerning make the worst judgment calls at times.



All of us are fallible, but God sees the heart. He sees ours too. We don't fool God with our outward appearance.

We would be better off to be the poor dirty man or woman in the street with a heart after God than follow someone that has everyone but God fooled.



May we be so careful about about our judgemental attitude of others. May we be so EVER careful about whom we put on a pedestal. God's Word is clear...."I am the Lord; that is My name. And My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images". Isaiah 42:8

Our Lord loves us so much and only desires the very best for us. However, do we strive to be our best for HIM?

 
Seeking God is a fundamental heart requirement for a true spiritual leader.
As my sweet soul sister said once, "God not only knows my heart but HE knows the DEPTHS of my heart...... 

 

Maybe we need an EKG. The kind that ONLY the GREAT PHYSICIAN CAN FIX.

I pray that I strive to line up my heart check with the standards of Christ and not man's. 


Hugs and blessings, 
Cindy

 



6 comments:

  1. Amen and amen.
    Goes right with my study this morning!
    Prob 28:6
    Love ya Cindy!

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  2. Very convicting post, my friendGod spoke a word earlier this morning along these same lines. Ouch! Thank you for being obedient with this posted. Love you! HOPE you have a great day!

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  3. Great post this morning Cindy. I think from time to time we all need a heart check or I know I do. On another lighter note, I wish I had that fruit to eat!
    Connie Royals

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  4. Hi Cindy! Well, darling, you're tromping all over my tiny toes today with this post! This is something I pray about so much - I'm judgmental! I hate it, but I'll see someone or they'll say something and I've already decided about them. Shame on me. I keep asking God to help me. I guess I haven't learned the lesson yet as I keep falling back. This was so good, even if my tiny toes are black and blue now! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. Beautifully said my friend. Amen

    Johnna D.

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  6. I'm getting caught up in blog reading and am so very glad that I kept scrolling down and saw this one.

    I loved it! Yes and AMEN, Cindy. This is a wonderful post, obviously inspired by the Holy Spirit.

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