“We deny Jesus every time we disregard His truth and put ourselves down. That hurts us. We deny Him every time we fail to see our value in Him. That hurts us. We deny Him every time we continue to hang on to our self-condemning thoughts and lies. That hurts us too. And then, it’s as if Jesus turns and looks straight at us with His eyes of love and compassion, and something dawns on us. We have, in a sense, denied our Lord Jesus,and I wonder if that hurts Him.” by Marilyn Hontz
When God looks in your heart today what will He find? There are so many distractions in the world that are competing for our hearts and souls. If Satan can capture our hearts he is also capable of capturing our minds. And the old saying is that if we give the enemy one small corner of our hearts he will walk all over the other part getting to that one corner!
We easily fool people around us everyday. We certainly know how to pull it off on Sundays when we are in church. How many times have we walked into a Sunday service sportin' a happy smile lookin' like we have our act totally together? The truth is we are absolutely dying on the inside. Our hearts are breaking but because we tend to be prideful people we keep that to ourselves and attempt to fool everyone around us. Our outward appearance is impressive but remember that we cannot fool God. He sees down in the crevices of our hearts and knows us better than you and I know ourselves.
If we truly trust God with our entire heart - can you tell me why we sometimes doubt Him when things happen in our lives that we cannot explain? Why do we entertain negative thoughts about ourselves? If we truly trust God why do we allow the enemy to mess with us only to saturate our minds with discouragement and insecurities? My God is a God of miracles. He is my deliverer. He has transformed my life and I know that He has an awesome plan for my life. His way far exceeds anything that you and I could possibly plan for our future.
Nothing in this world is worth giving your heart too. The satisfaction from sin in this world brings temporal pleasure to the flesh. Sin also leaves feelings of guilt, shame and destruction. The Bible tells us that God must be first in our lives in all things. He doesn't want a portion of our heart. He wants all or nothing. He loves us and cares for us more than anyone will ever love or care for us in this life.
Be encouraged today. Let's stop allowing the enemy to speak his trash into our hearts and minds. Let's agree today to no longer deny the Word of God and the truth He speaks. We need to begin living in victory so the world around us can see that we really do serve an awesome God!
Give Him your whole heart today. He is worth it!