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Secrets of the Heart

August 29th, 2011

“Search me, O God, and know my heart.” Psalm 139:23 NIV

“Until you allow God to redeem and rule your heart, it will remain unholy and unruly.”

My thoughts today are about “secrets of the heart.”

The heart! Who knows their own heart for sure? When it comes right down to it, none of us really know our own heart as well as we think we do. The prophet Jeremiah, wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart; I test the mind, even to give every man according to His ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 NKJV. The heart is the source from which both affections and actions come, often overruling your mind and misdirecting your will. Until God is allowed to redeem and rule your heart, it will remain unholy and unruly.

One’s heart, as used in Scripture, refers to something more than the physical organ that beats, pumping blood and life-giving oxygen to every part of your body. The Bible uses the word to describe an aspect of God’s wondrous creation even more spectacular and critical to your well-being – the central part of your inner being where God desires to dwell and rule righteously.

Your heart can lead you to God or turn you from Him. God begins in your heart to accomplish His work of redeeming, and cleansing, and changing you. “And I will give them singleness of heart (undivided) and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their hearts of stone and give them tender hearts instead, so they will obey My laws and regulations. Then they will truly by My people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20 NLT. Your heart has to be right before your relationship with God and others can be right.

Your heart’s cry must be as the Psalmist pleaded, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 NIV. Notice the sequence of verbs – “search, know, test, see, and lead?” Are you willing to invite him to “test” you? See 1 Timothy 5:24-25 NIV. God’s tests are to prevent you from failing the final exam“. . his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day shall bring it to light . . I saw a great white throne . . the small and great standing before God, and books were opened . .” Read 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NIV/Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV.

God uses ordinary circumstances to expose repressed feelings, carefully controlled reactions, buried emotions, old grudges and resentments, hurtful jealousies, suppressed anger and fears, or habitual behaviors. Those tests in everyday life are not for God’s enlightenment, but to reveal the secrets of your heart for redemption, not destruction. God knows your heart; there are no secrets from Him hidden there. See Luke 12:1-3 NKJV. You may try to hide things there, but will not succeed. If invited, God will test your heart so that you will know what is hidden there in order to deal with it, inviting and allowing Him to cleanse and renew. Such an invitation – “Cleanse me from secret faults” – comes only from a heart disgusted with its secrets. Read Psalm 19:7-14 NKJV.

My prayer for you today is that your heart is clean and pure before God.

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Secret Faults

April 6th, 2011

“Cleanse me from secret faults.” Psalm 19:12 NKJV

“God has the answer to your secrets; Confession!”

My thoughts today are about “secret faults.”

Across the years, I have observed in mine and others’ lives that secret faults create distance between people. There is usually a reason for the things you feel unable to share. Occasionally, you may think you are protecting someone else, but usually you are just protecting yourself.

Secret faults cause shame, and shame seeks to hide in the shadows. It began in Eden where Adam and Eve hid themselves from God, not so successfully. Secrets are things we are afraid to allow in the light of day. And whatever requires shadows results in guilt, and guilt doesn’t go away just because you hide and repress it.

God doesn’t allow you to have secrets from Him. Because He loves you and knows that keeping secrets hurts you most of all, and diminishes your ability to be open and real with God. First, you need to realize that you have no secrets from God; you only hope you do! The Bible says God knows the very “thoughts and intents of the heart.” Secondly, anything that you allow to stand between you and God damages your spiritual relationship, and human relationships as well.

Secrets make life lonelier. Have you noticed that you can tell when a friend is reluctant to tell you something? Every parent senses when their child is hiding something. I am not sure how that works, but I know that it does. You will tend to avoid a person from whom you are withholding.

Secrets change you, and not for the better. What you hide makes you someone different than you really are or want to be. That’s one of the worst things about a secret. You will always act “less like yourself” when you are keeping a secret.

Secrets always come out eventually. “Be on your guard against the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing covered that will not be uncovered . . therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in an ear in private rooms will be shouted from the housetops.” Luke 12:1-3 HSB.

“Who understands his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins. Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless. Psalm 19:12-14.  Notice the progression of sin: errors, secret faults, willful wrongs, and dominating sins. But also note there is a way to be blameless!  The answer is the same as it was for King David. Read Psalm 32:1-5 NIV.

God has the answer to your secrets; confession! Confession is the answer for guilt and shame. See 1 John 1:7-9 NKJV. My dear friend, Campbell, often said, “Sin leaves a life only one way – through his mouth, by confession to God.” Here’s God’s warning and pledge: “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 NIV. Confession will give you relief, temporarily. Renouncing the sin you confess gives you release eternally.

My prayer for you today is that you will live clean and clear before God.

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