Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV
God is perfect in every way. He knows the past present and future. He sees into our hearts. He knows us better than we know ourselves.
It is very easy for us to be deceived by our feelings and emotions. “We are all a walking contradiction, partly fact and partly fiction.”
Writing these devotions is a blessing. It helps me focus my heart and mind on Jesus. I still struggle as all people do. My struggles often take place in my mind. My thoughts stir up my emotions. The Word of God tells us that a man is what he thinks in his heart.
God is teaching me to live by faith and not by sight. I am learning not to allow myself to be ruled by feelings and emotions. I am learning to take control of my thought life.
It is difficult to make decisions based on faith in God and not by what we, see, hear and touch. It is difficult to make decisions based on the Word of God and not how we feel.
A man I hardly know was asked, “who is the person you admire the most and why”. He said my name. He said he admired me for my faithfulness to my wife and family. He said he admired me for my faithfulness to my country and God. I was stunned!
I would never describe myself as faithful. I have failed so many times in so many areas of my life. I’ve inflicted heartache and pain on the people I love.
God used my friend to encourage me to continue my journey of faith in Jesus. The Lord reminded me to live according to His good and perfect will regardless of how I feel.
God commands us to be holy just as He is holy. He commands us to be perfect just as He is perfect.
Holiness and perfection cannot be accomplished in our own strength and wisdom. We cannot pull ourselves up by our bootstraps to reach the righteous standards of a holy God.
We can ask God to search our hearts. We can ask Him to try us. We can ask Him if there is any wickedness in us. We can ask Jesus to lead us and guide us into His perfect will.
Trust Jesus to reveal what is in your heart. Trust Him to give you what you need to live according to His good and perfect plan for your life today!
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