Tuesday, May 14, 2013

After God’s Own Heart

“The person after God’s heart is the person whose own heart seeks first the kingdom of God.”
-  David Jeremiah

“. . . I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.”
-  Acts 13:22

You should seek God in EVERYTHING that you do. No matter how simple or of little importance it is, you must SEEK GOD and HIS WILL. You don’t have to only seek Him during those times when you needed Him most, but also in times that you are just simply doing a routine thing or task. Upon waking up, you must first seek Him and be in His presence. In washing the dishes, cleaning your closet, washing clothes, etc., you must seek Him. Do not wait for difficult circumstances or hard situations to come before you go and seek God. You can seek for Him all the time, and you will never fail to find Him because He is just always there, waiting for you to come to Him.
Don’t let the feeling of unworthiness and sinfulness overcome your desire to seek God and be in His presence. All of us commit sins in a daily basis, whether it’s a “big” sin like adultery or a “small” sin like white lies. God doesn’t measure how “big” or “small” our sins are. He weighs our hearts and what’s in it. We are all unworthy and sinful and we don’t deserve to be in God’s presence, however, God’s promises doesn’t change or come tumbling down because of our sins, nor does it change because of our good works. God’s promises are absolute and constant, it would never change and it would never fail, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO. Nothing we can do can make God love us more or less. Sin separates us from the love of God but that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t love us anymore. He loves us so much He made a way to bridge Him and us in our sinful nature. That bridge He made when He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross for our sins and save us from the bondages of Satan. God is more pleased to see a sinful, yet repentant heart than a heart that doesn’t seem to even feel the need to repent at all. He is more pleased to see a sinful heart that truly repents than a heart that seems to repent yet seeks the pleasures of his/her sinful nature.
There are times that we get caught up by our own earthly desires and pleasures that we don’t listen to what the Spirit of God tells us. We ignore that still, small Voice that gives us wisdom and guidance in what to do and what not to do. It is our own will that gets in the way. We often want to do things our own way, in our own terms. We take risks and not think of consequences. When things go bad, we tend to blame it all on God and His will. When we are about to do something sinful, we say, “I’ll do this, because I want to do it. This is what I want.” When we face the consequences of our decisions and actions, we say, “God has a purpose why He let these things happen.” Yes, God does have a purpose for us, but He never intended us to go through all those consequences and problems we ourselves caused on our own. Consequential problems are different from problems that God put in our way to shape us and mold us. Look at Job, he had problems that God allowed to happen to test his faithfulness and love for God. Those are the kinds of problems and hardships that God allows to mold us to become the person He wants us to be. Consequential problems are like that of King Saul. He lost his kingship because of his decisions and actions. God never intended him to “suffer” all those problems/consequences, but because of his disobedience, he lost everything God wanted him to have. Doing things our way is a disobedience to God, and disobedience leads to sin, and sin leads to destruction.
So, don’t let your own desires get in the way of God’s desires for you. Seek God and his kingdom and you will know His desires for you and that will eventually become the desires of your heart. Desiring what God desires for us is the best desire we could ever have because we know that His desires are the best in the world. Come to God through Jesus Christ and you will find Him, no matter what you have done or what you are right now. God hates the sin but He deeply loves the sinner. He loves you more than anything in the world. You are His most priced and cherished creation.

By: Jaea Conde (January 26, 2013 – 8:20am)

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