I was constantly in prayer about a particular problem, I never knew why the Lord was silent on an answer. Then one day, a revelation, a breakthrough, the words dropped into my spirit from the Holy Spirit, He wasn’t looking at that. And truthfully, He is not looking at the outside but inwardly on the heart. Too often we are focused on that and not Him.
I was looking at the outside, really, praying for a an answer to a problem He had solved long ago on the cross. He wasn’t focused on it, I was, because others were, it was a constant reminder of comparison, when He saw completion, It was a failure, a shortcoming, something humiliating to me. I was repudiated in the eyes of others, who lacked the wisdom and insight to see the beauty of Christ, in my words, and His presence surrounding me. Because you pursue Christ, even among believers, you can run into the one who put the outward appearances first, when God looks at the heart.
I always hated those beauty contests, and really lot of competitive things. God showed me long ago that I was not in competition but in Christ. I worried too much about wrongdoers. So I was too focused and fixated on fixing me, I should have looked inwardly at my heart like He did, the words were there, His love was there, He was there, is there. There is enough of Jesus to go around. I did hate to see wrongdoers proseper or get by, they don’t really, because He looks at hearts.
All the comparisons, soul searches, and hurts from others, the enemy’s lies, confusion, and wrong teaching have put us into a wrong way of thinking, we are not affirming God’s opinions of us in Christ, not letting His peace rule our heart, they can get to being weary, troubled, worried and afraid. He longs to give us the desires of our hearts, our deepest longings, they are searched by the Spirit and they are God’s desires as we delight in Him. How can we delight with a heart that is without joy, the best medicine for it? It will break, be crushed in spirit, and it can even die without His love.
We want to see how Jesus looks at our hearts, so here are some verses, let them sink deeper into your spirit and heart, which are often interchangeable in the Word.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51
So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Joel 2:13
Jesus answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Matthew 22:37
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me John 14:1
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
And if you need the actual verse, here it is Samuel is looking to anoint the king and Eliab looks the part but doesn’t fit the fit in the Lord’s plan, even with David’s sins, he is a man after God’s hear and He says so, He forgives repentant hearts and in those days they did not have the Spirit in them but on them at times, so I tell everyone to keep a repentant heart, and stay under grace.
But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you. 1 Samuel 13:14
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
I have been guilty of trying too hard to receive what is a gift. A peaceful heart is a gift.
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. Proverbs 14:30 New Living
God wants us to have a peaceful and untroubled heart, Jesus speaks peace and told the disciples to. I want to speak to you today and I hope you receive it, because healing comes from the inside not the out just like His love.