Who Are You? Look in the Mirror!
What’s the condition of your heart? I mean the heart you have given to God. How are you doing in your walk of following Jesus? How are you really doing?
Over time, we can convince ourselves that we are doing much better than we really are. We can easily deceive ourselves into thinking we are okay when our spiritual lives have stagnated. All kinds of unholy stuff can be welling up in your life and you think you are doing fine.
The Psalmist was well aware of this tendency and our need to be willing to change.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
You can be sure that if there is an issue addressed in the Bible, it is an issue that is real!
When we follow Jesus, we must be willing to undergo divine scrutiny! Just as in our physical body, it is always better to know if something is wrong than to continue in unhealthy ignorance, the same is true with our spiritual lives! It is essential for our health! We must know!
So here are some things to hold on to:
Be transparent. Don’t assume you are okay. Be willing to have your failings laid out before you.
Be uncomfortable. A heart searched is often an uncomfortable heart.
Be confident. The purpose of a searched heart is to correct and heal!
Don’t be deceived. The devil will take advantage of your vulnerability. When he brings up past and forgiven sins, you know that it is not God’s word to you!
Pray. The scripture you read above is a prayer. Pray it to God.
Wait. Listen and hear what he has to say about your heart.
Refresh. Renew your desire to be a clean-hearted follower of Jesus.
Repent of anything that God points out to you.
Worship. Thank God for his forgiving and empowering presence in your life. Tell Jesus you love him and will follow him always!
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