Monday, May 29, 2006

Who has control of your heart?

I have found my heart growing harder and harder, and I didn't really realize it until I had a reaction when completely alone that told me I had a problem that I needed to deal with in a real way.

It is so easy to wander from the presence of God and not really be aware or even give a care to it, but God is a merciful and gracious God who desires to bring us back to Him and will do whatever it takes to get our attention.

Do you find yourself when things are all going well that you do not rely on Him? When we become dependent on ourselves, we quickly spiral down. We start to notice as life goes down a path that we don't like. I believe this is God's discipline in action. It is not comfortable at all, but He uses it to get our attention and bring us back under His protection and into divine communion with Him.

Proverbs 28:2 - When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.

We as Christians are often like the country described above. We turn our eyes from our Savior and open ourselves up to having multiple sins/rulers take control.

We need to be people that have God leading us because only then do we have understanding, knowledge and order.

Proverbs 28:13 - He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Concealment of sin causes us to not prosper in more ways than financial. Our Spiritual life and relationships with people fail to prosper as a direct result of loving and clinging to the sins in our life.

We need to openly confess and renounce so that we can be held accountable and receive mercy from God and others.

Proverbs 28:14 - Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

When we stop having a reverent fear of the Lord, we stop serving Him. We either serve God or Satan. When we stop fearing God we have opened ourselves up to much trouble and for Satan to have an opening to tempt us in sin areas that are entanglements to us.

Turn and run back to God when you feel His urging. Better yet, do all you can to stay in His Word and in a real relationship with Him so you don't wander far off the road to righteousness.

Proverbs 28: 18 - He whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall.

God will not allow you to stray from Him forever. He desires a relationship with you and if you have your focus elsewhere, your path is not illuminated and you will stumble and fall and risk taking other with you. God does not want you to take his children with you.

Don't wait for harsh action in your life before you turn to God. Realize who is controlling your heart and make sure that God is your King.

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