Pleasing Hearts

Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. Psalm 86:11

Purity is being free from adulterated by anything that this corrupt world influence on us, and remaining the way God created us to be.

None of us were close to it, but the Pure from God – His Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all adulteration and has the power to take our hearts to its utmost purity every time we allow His word to pierce our hearts!

Unlike we think a pure heart doesn’t look polished, rigid and vibrant but rather torn, broken and contrite by constant correction, self-denial and submission by the power of God’s Spoken Word.

Nothing honors God like these awful looking, amazing, pleasing hearts!

Now, let’s take a hard look on what type of teaching we inclined to – ear pleasing or heart pricking?

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Steady your heart

Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. Psalm 26:2

Serving the Lord sincerely (from the bottom of the heart), staying in the marriage faithfully (from the bottom of the heart) brings abundant life.

A divided heart is disloyal and as good as a betrayal.

Lord Jesus made it clear that one cannot serve two masters.

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24

In every service we do and every relationships we have there is a motive in us that has made us to function to a certain level of sincerity and faithfulness. The more cleaner the motives, we exhibit more sincerity and faithfulness!

Nevertheless none of us are good – if we came to discover ourselves under various trials and cross-examinations that this life presents as opportunities, temptations, a way-out, fortunate or a “blessing”.

Our sincerity and faithfulness will come to an end if we never took time to steady our heart and train ourselves in commitment without any ulterior motives.

In truth, we ourselves would be unaware of our ulterior motive until an opportunity arise or a temptation pops-up – that is the time of a real trial and cross-examination of our motives and intentions of our hearts. If we’re determined not to fail in such trials then, we need to take time to clean our motives on a constant basis under the light of God’s word and practice resisting those plan-Bs that are offered!

But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

The Hidden Heart

However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart. 2 Chronicles 32:31

King Hezekiah loved the Lord, no doubt about it – he was one of the very few kings that not only served the Lord faithfully but also lead the people to serve the Lord.

He ran to the Lord every time there was a threat, because of that the Lord fought his battles and rescued him. But there was one problem with King Hezekiah consistently – he was quick to fall prey to pride.

About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. 2 Chronicles 32:24-25

Although Hezekiah was also quick to repent and humble – God was indeed waiting to test him at one point of time!

Like King Hezekiah, we all have issues and none of us are perfect. By His grace we are who we are (good part of us), without His grace we will fall.

The scary part is what if the Lord wants to test us and see what’s really in our heart and He withdraws Himself from us for a season just the way He did in King Hezekiah’s life. We really don’t know who we are until we go thru’ that season of time, that’s when we will come to know our true colors, real character and hidden motives.

Only two things can help us pass the test if we prepare before that testing time –

  1. Daily reading and applying of God’s word in our lives: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrew 4:12
  2. Be open and sensitive to God’s Spirit to convict us: Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! Psalm 139:23

Let’s pass the test; we get only one shot at it.

Brain washed?

At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you.. You will be changed into a different person.

As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart… 1 Samuel 10:6, 9

We know God is almighty, but it is stunning how in a split second God can change a person – actually to be a person He wants him to be!

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. Proverbs 21:1

A dramatic change in a person’s character, attitude, personality and countenance is only possible when God’s Spirit takes over the ones self.

Circumstances, experiences, habits and associations would slowly deteriorate the heart, but God’s Spirit alone can change it totally new and good instantaneously.

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 36:26

The God given new heart loves Him, fears Him, obeys Him, will stay in peace and serve with joy as long as it is guarded and stays under God’s authority.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverb 4:23

Jesus Christ is the Lord of our sinful hearts. His finished work on the Cross and His Word make our heart new – which the world may perhaps call it ‘brain washed’. In truth, these hearts are His blood washed!