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Do you ever wonder about the true condition of your heart? I do.
There is good reason why we are warned in scripture, “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 (NASB)
I often probe my own heart since I know the struggles, doubts, temptations, wrong doings and insecurities of it. I can at times literally feel the heaviness of it. This is when I plead with God to, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 (NASB) He has always been faithful, dependable and true.
It is God’s good opinion and favor I long for. I want Him to be able to say of me as He did of David, “I have found David (Carolyn), a man (woman) after My heart, who will do all My will.” Acts 13:22 (NASB)
I share with you: An Honest Heart by Ray Ortlund via the Gospel Coalition
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:2
We cannot deceive God. Twice in the Acts God is called “the Heartknower” (Acts 1:24; 15:8). But we can deceive ourselves. Here are four differences between deceit and honesty in our hearts.
One, a deceitful heart doesn’t know its sins because it doesn’t want to know. But an honest heart is saying, “I’m listening. I’m open.”
Two, a deceitful heart is more alert to how a sermon applies to someone else. But an honest heart is too concerned about itself to be busy with other people’s weaknesses.
Three, a deceitful heart, when it isn’t growing, blames its inertia on hardship or its church or even on God himself. But an honest heart says, “I need to get in gear.”
Four, a deceitful heart delays response: “I’ll get around to it. But I just can’t right now.” An honest heart puts God first: “Lord, whatever you want, even right now.”
An honest heart says, with the old hymn,
The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from thy throne and worship only thee.
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