Tuesday, June 4, 2013

"God knows my heart"


To some degree, I'll admit that I can agree with the person who makes this comment.  He does know your heart and is pleased with any man who will honor Him and do what is right.

Peter fairly exploded with his good news:  "It's God's own truth, nothing could be plainer:  God plays no favorites!  It makes no difference who you are or where you're from - if you want  God and are ready to do as He says, the door is open.  Acts 10:35 Message

In another version, this scrippy says that God is no respecter of persons, which means He isn't influenced by social standing, importance, power, wealth, etc.  

This is clearly seen in the story about Samuel meeting with Jesse to anoint one of his sons as king.  Jesse had seven of his sons come before Samuel, as one would be made king.  Take note though that Jesse had eight sons, yet only seven pass before Samuel to be looked over as possible king. 

Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”  

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height...The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them.  People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 

Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the Lord has chosen.” 

Next Jesse summoned Shimea, but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the Lord has chosen."  

In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”  Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”

“Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives."  

And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”  1 Samuel 6:-12

God knows just where you are geographically.  More importantly, "God knows your heart" and if you're one who desires to follow Him, you will not go unnoticed for what He has intended for you!

7 comments:

  1. I don't know if God can be influenced by any man, but I do know he takes great joy in seeing less of us and more of Jesus in us. So in that, seeing himself, could perhaps influence him?

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  2. I actually JUST read that chapter about Samuel and David this morning in my quiet time! I love that! And love that God does not look at outward appearances like man but at our heart.

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  3. Hi Mike - I like what you said about less of us and more of Jesus.
    John 3;30! DId I sound like I was saying God could be influenced by man?

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  4. Katie - I'm not sure if it's true for you too, but that's how I know God is wanting me to 'see' a truth. I read or hear it a few different ways.

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  5. Its so awesome how God can use a someone who has no or limited influence in this secular world, and through that person who seeks to be filled with God, make him/her an incredible vessel for the Kingdom. How powerful!

    Here is something from Jeremy Statton, "Confessions of a Legalist" that I really love. Hope you do to...

    Here are 5 steps we can take to try to be more influenced by God.

    1. Develop a relationship. In order for someone to influence you, there must be interaction between the two people. The best ways to get tighter with God are to read the Bible and pray. If you are like me, you have good intentions, but the implementation is difficult. Decide what works best for you and then do the work.

    2. Don’t try harder. If your focus in your relationship with God is to try harder and be better, your relationship will suffer. You are not the little blue engine. Give up the efforts to please God. He loved you while you were yet in your sin, and even as a Christian, you are still a sinner. The law is there to help and guide you, but it will not save you. Only Jesus can do that.

    3. Stop being right. Nothing will stifle God’s influence more than if rigidity that is brought about by someone who is unwilling to learn. If you think you have God figured out, then close the door for God to work in your life because it becomes about you and not him. Be humble and willing to learn new things.

    4. Ask questions and try new things. This is the green egg and ham approach to church. You will never know the extent to which your traditions direct you until you understand different traditions. Don’t be afraid to ask why you do the things you do. Unless your are willing to discover your true motivations, you will be unable to change what influences you.

    5. Take risk. Struggling to completely trust God? Put yourself in a position where you have no choice but to trust him. Try something that you know that you are unable to do on your own and then watch your relationship grow. Trusting him will influence you more than singing songs in church.

    The goal is to experience a deep, influential relationship from God more and more.

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  6. Thanks Karen! I am re-reading #4, as I would tend to think I don't have traditions, but I'm sure that is not true! I certainly want the right motives in what I do.

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