Devotional 11/6

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

We can be 99 percent holy, but oh…
that one percent.

Most people who do have some kind of faith, want to know the true and living God; they just are not sure who this God is. And these believers want to live differently from their self centered ways, and come closer to God, which is why they seek different things thinking they are coming closer to God. Except that we are separated from God, and what they do not know is that Jesus came to bring us back to God. Remember, we gave the world to Satan when we sinned. Adam and Eve did what God hoped they would not do with free choice. Adam and Eve are actually us. God was hoping that because of their (our) love for HIM, who created us, would cause respect and a desire to respect and seek Him. But that’s not what happened with Adam and Eve; and its not what happens with us.

God says in His word that He has angels assigned to people who are to inherit salvation, remember God knows ALL things. He knows who is wicked and who is just, except that He has given all of us a measure of faith so He waits for us to change, for He created us! And usually we find that we act like Adam and Eve. This is not a stressful thing to God, except it does make Him sad of course. But even if we don’t play out according to plan (since we still have free choice), He is sovereign and will work out the lost pieces into His preordained plan. This is why when we fail, we can repent. And when we walk away, as long as we have breath; there is still a mercy extended afresh each day. God leaves us to a reprobate mind, when we defy Him (as believers): when we deliberate choose to go against Him and serve other gods (including our fleshly desires).

For unbelievers this is different, they do not know any better, so God will continue to draw them near to Him, and will have patience on them. And again we never condemn people, because only Go knows their hearts (secret thoughts and desires).  Yes, God created evil (adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, misery) for the evil day (the day of attack), that is what the bible says (Isaiah 45:7). And God also has mercy on who He pleases (Romans 9). There are people who offend God in their actions in the bible, just like we do. For example, like Peter and Judas, God forgave Peter but He allowed Judas to lose his life. Why? Because He knew their individual hearts.

Image result for god sees the heartWhy did God choose Mary to carry Jesus, and not someone else? Why does the bible say that God loved Jacob, and hated Esau? He simply knows God’s hearts and makes decisions according to the intents of our hearts.

In the bible, the tree which appealed to Eve had been in the garden and had probably drawn her attention, but she it did not have the power to entice her alone. God had spoken to Adam, and warned to keep away from that specific tree. Except that when Satan came to talk about it, her attention was drawn to wander. Satan knows that if he can get our minds to wander, he can somehow enter into. Inclusive, the idle minds are the ones which are most receptive to Satan’s attacks. I know we find ourselves very distracted, instead of having our hearts fixed on God. And this distraction, draw us away from God, it is that simple. Even when our heart is yearning to seek God, the distractions of life (emotions, circumstances, desires, etc) we tend to drawn or seduced away from God. Yet a great mystery, is that even when we are battling with our flesh, Satan and distraction God knows our hearts and offer mercy on a daily basis. God does not judge us according to how we look, but He looks into our hearts and observes our actions.

Let’s pray:

Father God, I pray for your fruit of self control, meekness, gentleness, love, faith, peace, patience and joy would be used to day. I pray that we would see the areas you prune, and that we would be able to rejoice in the fruit we are harvesting. I pray that we would be soft-spoken, slow to anger, and guard our mouths from speaking idle words and making contentious comments.  Thank You for your guidance, and your discernment. Help us to make the effort to develop better character, taking the responsibility that only belongs to us. In Jesus name, Amen.

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