Devotional 10/6

Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogance come from your mouth, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by Him actions are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3

Your outer life is your reputation with people. Your inner life is your reputation with God.
Joyce Meyer

God is concerned with our hearts, I do not get tired of saying this. But it does not stop there, He also cares about the things we think about, our motives, intentions and our desire to please Him. David was a man after God’s heart, but David was a sinner, a murderer, and sexually immoral. How could he have had the heart of God? David wanted to please God, and He also feared God.

It did not take David 20 mistakes to realize that God would judge him, that his consequences would catch up with him, or that the enemy camp would defeat him if he remained in disobedience. David was surrendered to God, quickly repenting after making hasty decisions and inquiring of the Lord for counsel, protection and advice.

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We all know that waiting on God, can be frustrating, but eventually we learn to love the timing of God. For example, if I was married or had children a decade ago, I can almost guarantee I would be broken, and all of my relationship from then on. I recognize that if God would have given me money a decade ago, I would not have known what to do with it. If the Lord had given me the job I have today, I would have fallen apart because of vicarious trauma (when you suffer other people’s pains).

I have been blessed to see God’s timing work in my life, and in my favor because God is for us, not against. I hope that you are compelled today, to assess your inner life: it all starts with your heart.

Do you seek God when you need to make decisions? Do you wait on God to answer your prayers? Do you extend forgiveness to others because your reverence God? Do you look after your clothing, and the way you carry yourself for the sake of God’s name? Do you seek repentance, even when your flesh likes sin?

What manifests in our external lives, what we see or people see, is a result of our inner life. Both obedience and disobedience start in the heart, so protect your heart from becoming stubborn. And remember that the love of God can change a stubborn and hardened heart.

Let’s pray:

Father in heaven, thank you for your love and grace. We give you honor, and thank you for our personalities. We ask you today to inspect our hearts, and show us if there is any wickedness in us which still needs to be pruned. May you perfect us as you fill us with the fruit of your Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen.

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