I haven’t wrote in a few days due to what I’d like to call writers block. I just haven’t felt led by the Lord to write about the things I’ve been studying in the past week. I honestly just needed some time to myself to have a breather. But I’m back, revived, and ready to get on a roll with these devotions for those of you who take the time to read them.
Recently the Lord has been working on my heart and helping me to chisel away the things that aren’t so becoming. It has been painful at times and honestly very hard for me to face the facts. When God started knocking on my heart and saying, “Look deep within yourself and see the things that are distancing you from Me. Let Me change you into who I have created you to be”, it knocked me for a loop.
I’m a very stubborn woman and it is honestly one of my downfalls. We all have something that we can categorize as our downfall. Look within your heart today and be honest with yourself on the things you need to work on. Maybe you feel as if you are doing everything you know to be doing, but there’s this nagging feeling that you could be doing something better. If that is the case, find some time to pray and seek God on the workings of your heart.
We find in Job 13:23 that it is important for each of us to examine our hearts and see if there may be things within us that are keeping us from getting closer to God. Verse 23 says, “How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.”
Don’t confuse this scripture with the popular quote, “I’m a sinner saved by God’s grace.” When studying the book of Job we learn that he was a righteous man, with no sin. Job was not a man who was found to be with sin running freely throughout his life. But Job knew to go to the Father and to examine his own heart, to work out his own salvation, and to make sure that there was nothing in his life that was distancing him from God.
From Job’s example we can learn to always be examining ourselves in prayer. It is through those times of prayer that God will reveal to us what we need to work on and change to help us grow closer to Him. If we never go to God in prayer, seeking Him for ways to improve ourselves and our relationships with Him, we won’t grow closer to Him and eventually, the world will influence our hearts in a negative way.
Lamentations 3:40 says, “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.”
Psalm 4:4 says, “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”
Through these scriptures we learn the importance of searching our own hearts and letting God do the work that He needs to do. Sometimes we just have to be still and let God move within our hearts, cleanse us, and teach us the ways of Him and His righteousness to grow into a better woman of Christ.
Where my husband and I are stationed at, we have no local church to go to on Sunday’s or Wednesday’s. We both grew up in the same church our entire lives and refuse to go anywhere else. It has been hard for us spiritually and emotionally. We’re used to getting up every Sunday and putting on our church clothes to go worship with fellow believers. Now our Sunday’s include watching a live service on our phones and worshipping together in our home. To say it has been hard is an understatement.
But just like Job, when he felt abandoned and forgotten about, we can hold on to the simple truth that God is always with us. He is there for us each and every day. Our hearts are not only an important organ for us physically, but also spiritually. We have to take care of our hearts and what is being fed into them. The only way that we can properly care for our hearts is through prayer and self-examination. It is through those two things that God will help transform us for the better and help us stay on the path of righteousness.
Let’s keep our hearts spiritually healthy today.