Whole Hearted

You will seek me and me when you seek me with your whole heart. Jeremiah 29:13

I wanted to close out our series about hearts with this post and this verse to meditate on. How are you seeking God. Many people try other religions and even mixing doctrines, but Jesus clearly states that the only way to the Father is through Him. Other religions may have some of His teaching in there or be patterned or based on it. even if they are ancient one, Jesus and the Father were one, and the Holy Spirit, a triune God. he was there at creation. He precedes all teaching.

Many people seek him through self help books, vitamins and even diet and exercise, because of being the temple of the Ho;y Spirit, but that is still your flesh. The Holy Spirit is in your Spirit as a believer. Powerful to heal and raise the dead, He i the Spirit who raised Jesus, who Is the Comforter and teacher.

He broods over you as a believer, with motherly affection. But He will let you do things on your own and make mistakes if you won’t let Him let help or do it for you, if necessary. He respects free will and will not force God’s love on people, even believers.

Seeking Him in church once or twice a week is not enough. Worship music isn’t. Writing a blog isn’t. You have to seek Him with your whole heart, He wants to be a part of your work, your family, your marriage. He wants to laugh and even cry with you. He wants to heal you so you will even have a whole heart.

There are lots of holes in hearts aren’t they. Thy have been broken, bleeding and wounded. Arrows of doubt and fear have pierced them and placed them in an almost cryogenic state. Sme and we have studied, are hard, deceptive and fearful, and please go back through February if you like.

Leap year is here, so we want to take a leap of faith and seek Him with our whole and healed hearts from His rest and enjoying His peace. And they are offered to us but we must receive. salvation included the shalom that in the Hebrew is deeper, it is healing and protection and all His benefits.

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! Psalm 119:2

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭10‬ ESV

Many are still trying to keep the law, when Jesus told us to love. Are we seeking Him, whole heartedly, in every part of our lives or half heartedly, or even not at all. We want to keep His testimony because He made such a sacrifice to save us and love us enough to die a horrible death, even having His heart pierced.

Matthew 7:7, talks about asking, seeking and knocking. And Revelation 3:20 says He is knocking at the door and we should let Him in. His return is ever closer. Are you a believer? If not you can give Jesus your whole heart, so He can make you whole. And if you know Him you can know HIm even better and be more blessed, when you seek Him with your whole heart and another translation says search, you will find Him.

You will learn to see His love in many ways, just search Him and let His spirit search your whole heart and make it whole, is something missing, is it Jesus? Ask Him in. I pray for hearts today Lord, to accept your gift of salvation, as they seek you and for you to make them whole, in Jesus name.

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Smiling Hearts

 

I was just on Pinterest and saw a quote about not believing every smile because they are not sincere, but to look for and believe the heart smiles. And that they are rare. And you know what, I have to agree. How rare are the people who have a genuine heart smile?

I know a couple. People who radiate the joy of Christ, even through the pain of loss or heart break. They may hide some it but you know about, but still they are determined to keep their hearts full of His love. They know His peace even in pain. their hopes may have been dashed but it is not diminished because it rests in Christ alone.

A smiling knows that the joy of the Lord and not their happiness is their strength. They have matured in grace and salvation to the point of avoiding self pity, drama, useless talk. They don’t have to defend themselves or prove anything. They are content in know God searches , shapes and knows the truth, that He looks at hearts.

These people are rare as they are can not only make your heart smile, but sing. Most likely they will people that not only speak His words and His peace but sing His praise and make melody in their hearts.

What makes your heart smile? I can think of a lot of think I love that will brighten the day, bring out a smile or even make me laugh. I don’t know about you but I i need all the hearts smiles I can get and I would like to know more people that walk in love with Jesus, who can be the same everyday in spite of circumstances and not under them.

Jesus suffered more than any of us ever will. He cried and He laughed. He was very much both the Son of God and a human being. He loved so very much. Many people will accept suffering and never know the joy of the Lord or understand that He came to give us life more abundantly, the fruit of His Spirit.

In the Numbers Prayer, or Aaronic blessing, the lines asked God to smile on us. He did, He gave us Jesus and when we believe and obedient, he is smiling. And He gave us the power, love, and sound mind of His Holy Spirit, so let Him comfort and teach  you.

And He will make your heart smile.

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When A Heart Breaks

I remember thinking how becoming a Christian made my heart break even as a young girl of eleven, I had read Bible stories before that, but one Friday morning in a chapel service in November 1973, my heart was broken by the story of the crucifixion and that He did it for me.  I have been in love with Jesus ever since.

There were other times I found myself broken hearted and I’m sure you have too. We have already talked about broken hearts in this series, even scarred ones, so when hearts are broken and God heals them. We have to go back to guarding them and better yet, let Him do it by allowing His peace to rule them.

As a believer, being tenderhearted can cause us hurt, and yet we are to be tenderhearted and forgiving. We just have to be on guard. I usually tell people that if you have been healed or delivered of something don’t go back. It will be worse than before. And this can just be anger problems or something that you have to let go of because the enemy would draw you back in if he could even into bad relationships, the frying pan to fire, for instance.

If you have been broken hearted of a miscarriage, the fear will be of having another one, it takes healing and deliverance. Divorce, the temptation to just be involved  with someone, wrong, More trouble. Let him heal your heart and find a better match and wait. As a believer, you must guard the temple of His Spirit, your body.

Perhaps, it was death. I have seen people grieve years over aged parents, losing joy, become reclusive until they are to the point of being like their parents. I have seen people healed of heart problems, cancer, overcome life threatening situations and be like the nine lepers, who were not following Jesus thanking Him, like the one. In fact, some people won’t mention Jesus until you do or you give their testimony.

Fear is a deadly and destructive weapon, and it attacks every believer at one time or another, some more than others and the enemy will attempt to keep you in fear if you have an especially exceptional calling or talent. Don’t let him stop your from sharing Jesus.

Let Him break your heart with His love, accept His gift of salvation, receive His peace. Let Him pour in His Spirit, everyday to heal and cleanse you, keep you free. For whatever reason you have had a broken heart, He will heal it and give you peace. We all need to speak His peace in prayer over one another.

And remember He is always close to the broken hearted and will heal them, for He, Himself, Jesus was the most broken of all hearts.

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Perfected Hearts

Do you have a perfect heart? Well, maybe not. But you should have. Jesus wants you to have one, and let’s talk about perfect  but He does want our hearts healed if they are broken or there is some illness or problem affecting the natural one.  And He doesn’t want it to worry or be afraid.

Perfect is often translated as mature. Let’s face it, some people just never grow up, much less grow up in Christ. Not that having a child’s innocence or faith is bad, but we need wisdom and maturity. We need to walk in His holiness. He wants you to reach perfection, maturity, His righteousness and holiness are yours as a believer.

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48

As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. Proverbs 18:30

1 Corinthians 13:10 tells us that when He comes all these partial things will pass away. But here is the verse we want to focus on as we grow in grace.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:4 This is the King James I was taught but other versions say lacking nothing. We are often not mature enough to have the things we want or that God wants to give us. Have a look. https://biblehub.com/nlt/james/1-4.htm

Another verse is about fear, perfect or mature love casts out fear, right?

And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him. In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love.…. 1 John 4:16-18

We are supposed to be like Him in this world so let’s let His love drive out fear. I used to think hate was the opposite but in the spiritual battles we face, it is love over fear. Now, we are all going to encounter that as a believer, it is not from God. Confessing His righteousness will activate the no weapon promise of Isaiah 54, I wish someone had told me that sooner.

I promise you as a believer, you can put the enemy out of your thoughts, off your mind and heart with the name of Jesus. The one who fears has not been perfected in love, because that trust and love has not matured in Christ. You do that by believing in His Word above everything else. Don’t be afraid He is punishing you if you know you are forgiven.

Take your medicine but believe the Isaiah 53 report above that. Don’t worry about finances. Stand on His promises to provide. And remember how He has brought you through. Even if you have had some things to happen, worse thingy may have or could have. He does not send sickness to teach us but uses anything we go through to shine His love into our hearts, and He wants them to be perfected or mature enough to receive.

Are we ready to grow up in Christ? To grow in grace, to be perfect and mature, ready to meet perfection Himself? I want to be. I want a protected and perfected heart.

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Protected Hearts

As we wind down our month of hearts, I had the phrase Protected Heart come to mind. Guarding is protection, right? And Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard it. And we should, by watching what goes in it, what we see, hear and say. Jesus taught that we speak out of the abundance of our hearts, so they need protection if we are to walk in His love, protection from ourselves and others.

That was before Jesus came, now Phillipians 4:7 says that the peace of God will guard it  or protect it in Christ. And we know angels are protecting us. We truly need to not only believe that but receive that today, don’t wait another minute if you are like me, can get anxious or frustrated over constant pressures and spiritual warfare. Receive His rest, receive His peace and protect your heart. Broken ones can be mended but it doesn’t have to go that way.

For our study we had talked about hearts and spirits often being interchangeable. As a believer, Jesus lives in your heart, the Holy Spirit is in your spirit. He is there at salvation, but will give gifts as He sees fit. And there is the baptism of John, in water, and with the Holy Spirit, Jesus baptizes with fire. And He protects.

You don’t always have to defend yourself, He will. You have nothing to prove. He will show you. You may have to stand. He will stand with you. You may have to speak , He will give you what to say. He prays for you. Romans 8:36

A personal favorite. He is my hiding place.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you. Exodus 23:20

The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies. Psalm 41:2

Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. Psalm 86:2

The LORD will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. Psalm 121:7

The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalm 121:8

Rescue me , LORD, from evildoers; protect me from the violent. Psalm 140:1

For He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. Proverbs 2:8

He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection. Proverbs 30:5

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. John 17:15

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3

And many more, with guard, save or shield. All of my verses are usually from the English Standard version but several translations are used here, all on Bible Hub. We are protected hearts!

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A Heart For God

What does it really mean to have a heart for God? Is it ministry? Or just be passionate about your love for Jesus? Does it mean you are always at church or volunteering? Does it mean we give up ourselves completely to HIm, yes, but we have a new identity  in HIm.

And I will answer my own questions, we all minister to people and even to Jesus in a way, but we don’t all have to minister. Yes, we have a passion for Him. No, we don’t have to do everything and I do love that He has a plan for an even better us, we don’t lose anything but the bad and grow in grace and get better, or at least we should, some people still don’t get it.

We talked about David being a man after God’s own heart, though a big time sinner, he was repentant. He was a willing sinner as well, having the Holy Spirit in you now as a believer will help you to keep your heart from sin. Let’s look at few verse about hearts, and I pray we seek His and He carries us close to His. I really know He does.

If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to Him in prayer! Job 11:13

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6

A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. Proverbs 21:2

I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. Jeremiah 17:10

I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:7

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  Matthew 22:37

Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

And many more, so please do your own heart study, it doesn’t have to be February or Valentine’s Day.

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The Heart of a Peaceful Bride

 

Whether you are married or not as a believer in Christ, you have a bridegroom in Jesus and He is waiting for you to have an intimate relationship with Him. So often God’s love for Israel and Jesus’ for the church is compared to marriage. While marriage in the natural can have it’s share of problems, it will never be that you cannot trust your heart to Jesus. Actually, no man is really going to be exactly like Him, though they are to aspire to it.

Let’s talk about being a peaceful bride of Christ. He left you His peace in John 14:27. He speaks peace to you and to your heart and soul through the Holy Spirit. He calls you beloved and lets you sleep. Psalm 127:2 He offers you rest. Matthew 11:28-30. He has given us His love and spiritual gifts if we follow love and desire them. 1 Corinthians 12.

We are to pursue peace, the Prince of Peace has pursued us and caught up to many of us. He sweeps us off our feet. Psalm 34:14, of course that also means to avoid evil, and Hebrews 3:12 warns us how our hearts can become hardened, evil and even unbelieving.

So many things can happen to women who choose to believe in Jesus , and who choose to love. while another Proverb says the heart is deceitful, a believing heart should not be. However, I had the discussion of why Christians lie, they do you know, look at Ananias and Sapphira. These hearts are still walking in the flesh and not the Spirit. God cannot lie and the Holy Spirit will never deceive you, exactly why you need to rely on him before getting married or ask His help if you already are.

God is love and peace, and sent His Son to bring peace, not like the world gives it became a sword and divisive. Not like a house divided, Jesus wants to add to heaven but we must realize His kingdom is not of this world, it is spiritual. He wants a resting and peaceful bride.

Like husbands and wives, families, we should not be in a spiritual war with each other. He wants His peace to rule and reign in our hearts by His grace and Spirit. Jesus is our beloved bridegroom and spiritual husband and He cares for us like no one can. Let’s look a few verses and enjoy a Pinterest board.

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay/ cancer in his bones.
Proverbs 12:4

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. Proverbs 18:22

Jesus found us, as a bride we want to be good and do good for Him, God favors us and so does Jesus, and our husbands in the natural as well, a healthy and peaceful marriage between a man and woman centered in the love Christ is a threefold cord not easily broken and two are better than one.

Proverbs 31:11, read different translations. We are to be a crown to a husband and to Jesus.

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he lacks nothing of value.

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A Joyful Heart

I had to go back to joy as we focus on hearts and wrap up our series. Jesus is our joy, He said to ask Him for our joy to be full. And it is something the enemy will take, people will. Life in general, will. It is hard to count things joy as we are supposed to, knowing it builds up patience.

But when we both learn and experience true joy, His joy. Just like His love and peace and even rest, we will be able to see that we are just in a spiritual battle and more easily overcome by counting it joy that we are growing in faith and grace, that we know He will bring us through.

I have seen times when nothing appeared to cheer me up, but I held onto His promises. It is what we have to do. I was reading Psalm 51 all wrong. David was not asking for his joy to be returned, but God’s. He also asked for his spirit to be made right again. We can fall into traps or just get weary in well doing, and not have such a willing spirit anymore.

It is an open door, and joy bubbles will float right out, but the good news is the bubbling joy of the Holy Spirit can come right back again through prayer and His rest. He will right our attitudes and our spirits if we allow Him to rule over the flesh The joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10, tells us so but also about not grieving but to feast, though he was talking about a particular instance, the application is there for everyday.

Hearts full of Jesus should feast on Jesus love everyday, and not grieve His Spirit, we have access to the cleansing power of His blood for sin and His Spirit to keep us washed in the water of His Word. We are not to grieve nor grieve Him. And still we do both  even as believers, don’t we?

We need to stop and think. What is the cause of our loss of joy? Take it to Jesus, pray in the Spirit if you can. That is a gift, a powerful gift we can ask for. Joy is strength from Jesus and it is a target of others, even other Christians, who may not be as mature. We have to hold on to jesus and joy.

I really regretted referring to someone as Miss Perky, Perky. Her joy just bubbled out, it did not appear real to me. Now, perhaps, it was a little hyped, I don’t know if she is a believer, but one day I noticed she was no longer around. My cousin recognized her immediately when I said I had not seen Miss Perky Perky lately. She told me her boyfriend was murdered, and she had left the country. The Jesus in me was hurt, though Jesus knew I meant no harm in it, I was just wondering what happened to my joy, I felt rotten. Another lesson in watching our thought and our mouths.

My joy was always there. My joy is Jesus and He bubbles over, the living water that is effervescent and life giving . We will never thirst again if we drink from that well, there is happiness, and that is one thing. His love and joy are quite another and we should draw and drink from that well daily.

We don’t want our conversation and testimony to be babbling but bubbly, so let His joy be your strength. I can’t do anything right without Him, can you? I pray His joy bubbles over in us and for those who have been hurt and wounded, broken hearted to have a joyful heart to return, in Jesus name.

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The Right Kind of Fearful Heart

What is a fearful heart? It is paired with unbelieving ones in Revelation, the first people in the lake of fire. That in itself should be a sobering thought. Having the right kind of fearful heart is one that is reverent, respectful of God. The right kind of fearful heart would realize that God has the final say.

That heart would know that He is in control, the creator of the universe, who sent His Son to save those who would believe, and that heart would know that He could let you go to hell and will, though He loves you and does not want you to. You simply cannot disrespect or disregard that sacrifice. If you do, then He has given a free will to all of us and it won’t be He but you sending yourself there.

And that extends to His Holy Spirit, I see a lot of mockery, that I don’t like, and I know He doesn’t. But Jesus says He is not concerned what people say about Him but about the Spirit. He says that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, now, He was speaking to a particular group of people but would you really want to be defiant enough to try it? I know people try my patience, surely, they must His.

But we are to try spirits, to discern, only the Holy Spirit can help us do that as believer, He convicts us so we know we need saving and the enters our hearts or spirits is a better word here, and begins to teach us. What would we do without Him? Easy answer, go to hell.

God does not want us to be afraid of Him, but to respect and love Him He does not want obedience out of fear but of love. He has not us given a Spirit of fear as believers, but of power, love and a sound mind. 1 Timothy 1:7.  The Holy Spirit comes along beside us to keep us from fear.

Isaiah 54 teaches His covenant of peace. It plainly states that the unholy three, as I call them, are not, repeat, not from Him. So who is fear, the waster, the wicked one, the adversary. Now, there is a verse that says He created the waster to destroy. It appears He is using the devil as a teaching tool, but that isn’t so. The Holy Spirit is our teacher.

It is a matter of commas, I created the waster, to destroy. He later says Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. Let’s look at destroy.

Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

The Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. Luke 9:56

The thief comes but to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly. John 10:10

Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and destroy him by the splendor of His coming. 2 Thessalonians 2:8

I can hardly wait for Him to come, I do believe the Rapture or catching away is first. Jesus even told Jairus to not be afraid to just believe before He raised his daughter from the dead. I believe He will meet believers before He returns to destroy that enemy.

So respect God’s power and don’t be afraid, just believe His love is real and He does not want you to fear, just believe.

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Deceptive Hearts

The counterpart or counterfeit to a receptive heart is a deceptive one. And people are good at that. I remember a lady who once had some criticism of my writing aspirations. She had married into a family that had, ” actors “. And she said it like that, as if they were lepers or ax murderers or something.

Actors can act and walk away from their roles, a really good actor have the ability to delve into the character, but go back to their own personality and not become the character, unless it is a good quality. Bad actors are people who manipulate and control others, and they do not have to be on screen. Many times, they  will take a cue from you, that you can be pushed around or bought off, intimidated or scared. And some take advantage of your good nature, or Christian values.

Let’s talk about deceitful hearts and start with David. He was called a man after God’s own heart, though he was an adulterer and murderer. Why? Because, God looks at hearts. He was human, and gave into the flesh but basically, he was repentant and he did obey God. And God is a man of His word about forgiveness, he made the yearly feast and sacrifices. Compare that to Jesus once and for all sacrifice.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can sin or go kill someone, though sin abounds, the grace that outweighs it because of Jesus. Grace is not something to be trifled with or abused, God knows hearts. Look at Eve’s pure heart that was deceived, Adam’s sin was willful.

I used to think that Adam was afraid but he wasn’t, they knew no fear, perhaps he was thinking Eve would get something he would not, I don’t know. I do know the old adage, oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive is very true. When that is you aim from the start, you are playing with fire, and also if you do not recognize their ways.

And the following verse is very true. But shouldn’t a heart be changed when Christ is in there? It can still give into the flesh, let Christ  rule it and the flesh by His Spirit. Here are our verses.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9,  other translations say wicked, and beyond cure.

You destroy liars; the LORD despises violent and deceitful people. Psalm 5:6

Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts. Psalm 12:2

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. Proverbs 12:20

The one with a perverse heart finds no good, and he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.. Proverbs 17:20

Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him, in keeping with the truth that is in Jesus, to put off your former way of life, your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be renewed in the spirit of your minds. Ephesians 4:21-23

I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

I pray for us today, as true believers in His love, that we may discern His voice and follow no other, but by His Spirit prevail against the flesh, and the plots and lies laid by the enemy and others, sometimes, even Christians who are  not rightly dividing His Word, and be blessed with a receptive heart, and neither have or fall victim to a deceitful heart, in Jesus name.

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