10 “Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied, 12 then watch yourself, that you do not forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. (Dueteronomy 6)
One of my favorite hymns has these words in it. “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Take my heart, Lord, take and seal it. Seal it for Thy courts above.” O how true, my own heart scares me sometimes. That is why I want God to have it all, and keep it all. Once I was afraid to look into my heart, and let God really dig down deep and clean out all the festering things that lay there. But He showed me a verse in Scripture one time that made me leap up, jump in the car, drive over to my church, run in and tell my Pastor all about it. Here it is:
18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. (1 John 3).
We will assure our hearts before God in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our hearts and knows all things. I don’t need to be afraid to let Him do His Exploratory Surgery of my heart because He already knows everything there. Even better, He is greater than whatever is there. I grew up in a tradition that was constantly throwing this verse at me: “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) It was a harsh tradition, that often inspired fear instead of openness before God
O hallelujah, God can! God can understand my heart, and He is the only one who can cleanse and heal it. I lay my heart bare before the only one who truly sees it. I open myself up to the God who is greater than my heart and knows all things. I will not fear the things that lay there because God can cause them to rise to the surface and be skimmed off, like fat off a hearty pot of stew.
Thank You Jesus, Thank You God, Thank you Spirit for You wonderful Cleansing love.
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