“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Did you know that the human heart is naturally prone to wickedness? Although this doesn’t automatically change when you get reconciled to God, there must still be a transformation process from that state of sin.
This means that our natural response usually does not align with God’s way. This means that it is so possible for us to think we are doing well when, in fact, our hearts are not in the right position. This is dangerous because, for everything we do before God, He first sees the position of our hearts. That means if your mouth is saying all the right things before God, but your heart is saying something entirely different, it is what is in your heart that the Lord will consider.
In the same way, it is essential to do regular health check-ups, in the same way (it’s actually more important) we must do our spiritual heart checks. A heart check is sitting before God, laying your heart before Him and His Word, and using the measure of His Word and the light of His Spirit to check the state of your heart. In these periods, you discover that the actions that seemed good in your eyes were not pleasing to God. It is in these periods that you rededicate yourself and ask for mercy, and in these periods, your heart is made even purer. This exercise must be done with a heart of repentance and a sense of contriteness.
Never neglect these times, no matter how much you might have matured in Christ. Constantly check, constantly repent, and never give in to the temptation to resist what the Word of God or the Spirit of God is saying about the state of your heart. We cannot be holy by ourselves. We cannot have the right hearts without the help of Christ. So, continually strive toward perfection by laying your heart before God.
Finally, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” 2 Cor.13:5?
- Dear Lord, I thank you for this message. Please help me not just to be a hearer but a doer of your Word.
- Dear Father, teach me not to take anything that has to do with you for granted.
- Search my heart, Lord, and see if there be any wicked way within, and cleanse me. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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