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Matters of the Heart

What is the meditation of your heart? What are the deep issues that are within your heart? 

I know there are things that you have pondered in your heart, that you are afraid to verbalize. There are some matters that you hide deep inside for fear that if you ever let it be known it will be impossible to place the genie back into the bottle. The ramifications would be too great to deal with. So you ponder silently on it. You keep it inside. Mary kept much of the prophesies about Jesus inside her heart. She had many concerns and questions about the child she bore. She dared not speak them less she be ostracized further. Less she be ridiculed. There were many things portending to her child that pained the mother….but she kept it inside.

At the start of this year the Lord said ‘We are in a season of Open Heavens’. Now that means we will see significant things happen. Many good things:

  • There will be acceleration (rapid advancements);
  • The enemy will be removed from your finance and life;
  • Sudden moments
  • Breakthroughs will occur
  • God will release wealth to some people
  • God will release many books to individuals
  • Increased dreams and visions
    • Angelic visitations
    • Visions of the Lord
    • Visions of heaven

We are being invited to come up higher. To see the heavenly places and receive the benefits of being seated there with Christ Jesus.

It is all wonderful. Rather great! Wait do not shout just yet. Before God takes you up He has to do deep surgery. There are some things that must be dealt with. Today He wants to deal with matters in the soul. Matters that place junk on the heart. Matters such as:

  • hurt; 
  • pain;
  • neglect;
  • rejection;
  • abandonment;
  • abuse.

People have lied to you. People have cheated on you, People have lied on you and to you. Yes, yes there is so much that has happened to you.

We could take many days to unfold all that is within your heart. God sees your pain. He wants to deal with those issues, right now.

He wants you to understand this. It doesn’t matter what they have done. What matters is what you carry in your heart. These issues are dead-weight that are holding you down. They are stopping you from soaring. Eagles can only soar when they are free. 

God needs you to release them to see His goodness in the land of the living. He is concerned about the matters of your heart. He wants to bring healing.

Look Deeper

The heart is always of concern to God. We can look like we have it all together on the outside but we are dying inside. We can look noble on the outside but on the inside we carry evil imaginations.

The Prophet Samuel almost made a serious misjudgment in choosing another person similar to Saul. He judged the outwards appearance of the guy but God knew better. The eldest son of Jesse, Eliab, heart was not right before God.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”     – 1 Samuels 16:7

 

What did God see in David’s eldest brother that caused him to be rejected as King?

He had the look of a king: handsome, tall, dark, intelligent, command of traditions and protocols, women melted at his steer, people wee enthralled by his looks. He was a Tyson Beckford of modelling. A Fabio of advertising. I know you may be saying Fabi-who? I am giving away my age here but bear with me.

What was undetected to Samuel but naked to the eyes of the Creator. The one who knows all heart was that Eliab had pride, wickedness, competitiveness, envy, rage, anger, lust for power and hatred in his heart. He himself did not understand the depth of his heart.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?     -Jeremiah 17:9

He was a good son but his heart was not right. There were things hidden deep in the heart that would have destroyed him and the people of Israel. Had he been anointed. Had he been placed through the same trials as David, he would have killed Saul the very first opportunity he got.

Of all of Jesse’s eight sons. God chooses the most unlikely person. The youngest son. He was coarse. He smelt like the sheep. He didn’t like the refineries. He loved to sleep outdoors. He loved the space where he could communicate undisturbed with God. He did have to worry about the daunts from his brothers or a correction from his father.  He was a dreamer. Misunderstood and considered weird. He spent much of his time talking to God. Someone that he did not see. He wrote songs to Him. He gazed into the sky and fantasized about the majesty of His Lord. Yet he was a fierce defender of the sheep. He killed a lion and a bear when they were threatened. So gentle but so fierce. A walking contradiction.

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 17:10

What did God see in the heart of David? He saw loyalty, devotion, compassion, love, tenderness, an ability to quickly forgive, patience, self-sacrifice and the heart of a servant. ‘

And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.     -Acts 13:22

God knew that in time he would learn the matters and mannerisms of the court. The heart was essential for him being King. Most importantly, his heart was surrendered to the will of God. That made their relationship close.

Exposing the Heart

To unearth what is in the heart God often uses situations, circumstances and people. They will test you. Then He watches your response. He watches how you react. You see you will not understand the depth of your heart until you face very harsh circumstances. What will your be your action when you face prolonged hunger? Will you give up your dignity for food? Will you do whatever is necessary to get what you want, when you are in need? How will you react to the bad actions of others? Each test is designed to bring the true you to the surface.

God isn’t allowing us to go through the process simply to hurt us or test us. He is imparting a lesson that we must grasp. The quicker the better. We must learn the lesson and change.

Heart Response

God wants us to adjust our response. The actions of people may hurt us. It may injure us but He wants the response of a pure heart. The Bible gives us many examples of how to respond in the most adverse of circumstances. 

The young Prophet Hosea was faced with infidelity. His wife would not give up her trade. She continue to prostitute after they were married. It pained him immensely. It brought him shame and disgrace. His reputation was soiled. Yet he had to love her. He had to look beyond the events and see the heart of God for Israel. His ultimate act was to buy back his wife.

What can be said about Job. He was deeply afflicted. He had tremendous wealth, was kind, He was a very good father and husband. Everyone loved him. God favored him and protected him until Satan sought to test him. God allowed him to undergo the worst suffering. he lost his children, every possessions, his wife and health. What was his response in all of it. He worshiped.

And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”     -Job 1:21

Job never accused God or anyone. He kept his integrity. After his test God restored everything he lost seven times. 

What of David? What did he face. Shortly after he received the prophetic word many things started to unfold for him. he was taken to the palace to be a harpist to the King. He struck up a friendship with the Kings son that opened many doors for him. He went to war for the Kingdom and won the battles. The king became very jealous and started to hunt him. He realized David would be king, so he sought to take David’s life. David had to flee for his life. He had to sleep in caves and many unpleasant places at times. Yet he never spoke ill of the King. He would not tolerate anything bad being said about him. On more than one occasion David had the opportunity to kill Saul. But he never took it. Each time he simply took evidence and presented it to the King to let him know that he meant him no harm. Despite what he was doing his heart was pure towards the king.

David was vicious in battles. He slaughtered the enemies of Israel but he refused to touch the Lord’s anointed.

Can God expect the same of you? Will you maintain your integrity in the face of desperation? Will you remain unafraid and rise to the challenge in the face of overwhelming odds. Will you forgive those who mishandled you? Will you forgive those who abuse you?

Making a choice to let it go is about you. Those who have done wrong are OK. God wants you to be whole. He desires to see hope, peace, joy, faith, love, forgiveness, and all good things in your heart. He desires that the meditations of your heart be on what is good and wholesome (Philippians 4:8). He desires that you will echo the words of songwriter:

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame but only lean on Jesus name.

On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.”

Friend proverbs 4:23 exhorts us to control our heart, Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life

Let your heart actions be governed by the Word of the Lord. Only the pure in heart will see God. He is inviting you to have an encounter with Him.

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