Friday, June 02, 2017

God requires our whole heart, our thoughts and our words

Many professing Bible believers seem to think that God isn't serious when He says He requires our whole heart, our thoughts and our words (Luke 10:27; 2 Corinthians 10:5; 1 Peter 4:11; Ephesians 4:29; Matthew 12:36). That means they are actively presuming He is double-minded. But it's actually US who are double-minded "and unstable in ALL [our] ways" if we doubt God's first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). And because of this we cannot ask anything from God "in faith" (James 1:6). And God says if we are doubting Him/His Word then we are like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. "For that person must not suppose that he will receive ANYTHING from the Lord...." James 1.

As God instructs throughout His whole Word, our eye must be single (Matthew 6:22-23). We must sell all we have and buy that field or pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44-46). God requires we present ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1), we are not our own (1 Corinthians 6:19) but have been purchased with the precious blood of Christ (Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 1:18, 19). We may know all these verses but have we received them into our spirit by revelation from the Holy Spirit. Can we, are we TRULY loving our neighbors as ourselves?

Is this too hard brothers and sisters? Does God ask too much? Did Jesus lie when He said His yoke is EASY and His burden light? And that we SHALL find REST unto our souls?

"Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. Thus we MUST MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENTER THAT REST, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience." Hebrews 4:9-11

Let our heart's cry be to enter into God's rest. And be made perfect in love. Let the truth afflict us and pierce our hearts and "Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom." James 4:9 And cry out to the living God for salvation. "He who endures to the end, the same shall be saved." (Matthew 24:13).

God requires ALL our heart, mind, soul and strength. And His yoke is easy (Greek word also means "pleasant"). These two go together like a hand and glove. Let us be honest with ourselves. Let us see ourselves for what we really are. Are we really serving God or seeking Him with all our heart?
Jesus said. “Do this and you will live.” Luke 10:28

Dear heavenly Father, I pray for all who read this. That You show us our hearts. And that You pinpoint the things that are holding us back from serving You. Father, I pray You put a burden in all of us to seek You more fervently. And that You cause us to accept the reproof in Your Word and apply it all intimately in our public and private lives. That we may abide in You and You in us so that we bear much fruit. So we will not be ashamed when we face you on that day. Father, we ask in the Name of Your Son. Jesus the Messiah. Amen.

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